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Module 3:  Microsoft Word Table Feature as Rubric Builder

Objective:  Using their own responses to the Wikispaces Classroom discussion board and feedback survey, Ms. Virginia and her students will together create a student engagement rubric using Microsoft Word's online Table feature on an electronic blackboard.



1.  Ms. Virginia will facilitate a face-to-face discussion by asking students to brainstorm their ideas for the Student Engagement Rubric, referring to the responses they have already given to fill out the rubric.  


2.  Using the electronic blackboard so the students can see how it works, Ms. Virginia will create the student engagement rubric.  She will open the online Table feature, under Insert on the MS Word menu in Microsoft Word online, to input the students' suggestions and responses into the rubric.


3.  Ms. Virginia will continue to facilitate a discussion of the gradations of criteria of the rubric, making sure to keep the measurements clear and observational, not cloudy and judgmental, and will insert the students' suggestions into the appropriate places on the rubric.


4.  Together, she and her students will create their Student Engagement Rubric.


Web 2.0 Tools as Assessment:  Students' contributions to the Student Engagement Rubric through their responses on Wikispaces Classroom and the class brainstorm reflect their connection with the material.  Microsoft Word's online Table feature is a Web 2.0 tool, in my opinion, because it is a fine electronic tool whose online version is free and is ideal to use to create a rubric!  I tried some other Web 2.0 tools to build a rubric, but found this table feature did the trick perfectly.  The pros and cons of the Web 2.0 tool used here are on the page "Web 2.0 Tools" in the menu.  


Assessment:  Ms. Virginia will determine the level of student engagement in the discussion, making sure that all voices are heard and that all students understand the basic criteria of the rubric, until the discussion is complete.  She will use Microsoft Word online and illustrate her use on the electronic blackboard.  Together, the class will complete the Student Engagement Rubric.  Here is the completed rubric so you can make your own assessment!


Student Assessment of Teacher for PD Class:  After the discussion and rubric are complete, the students will grade Ms. Virginia's classroom engagement level according to the criteria of the rubric!  Students will each complete feedback surveys, similar to the one here from Survey Monkey. com (Web 2.0 tool) about their own level of engagement with this module.  Ms. Virginia will write a self-reflection on this module and the surveys and post it to the classroom blog (, a Web 2.0 tool), similar to the one shown here.


Plagiarism, Authenticity, Diversity, and Student-Centered Learning:

Since Ms. Virginia and her students will be working together so closely on this module there will be very little opportunity for plagiarism!  The work she and the students do together is authentically their own, with their own choices for what they say in the discussion.  This module honors diversity by allowing each person to express their own individuality with great leeway as to how they express themselves.  In addition, all photographs will include alternate text for visually impaired participants.  This module is a wonderful example of student-centered learning as it potentially holds value for each student and is an opportunity for them to be creative.


Here is a Microsoft Word Online screenshot showing the Insert menu opened to where the user can choose the Table feature.




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