Using the Feedbak iPad App
In order to observe teachers using the Feedbak iPad app, you must first have a SchoolStatus account. If you don't have one, or you don't know if you have one, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to access the Professional Growth System Teacher Growth Rubric from MDE.
Once you've downloaded the Feedbak 2 app, you'll login using your SchoolStatus username and password. Then you'll set a pin number, which allows you to log in quickly each time.
Once you've logged into the Feedbak 2 app, click Load Data, then select Update Data. This gives you the most current data from SchoolStatus.com.
To begin an observation, click Teachers from the left menu, and choose a teacher to observe.
Next, click + New next to course you want to observe.
Select the rubric, and select Begin Observation.
Choose Formal or Informal using the toggles at the top of the screen.
The Feedbak Collect screen allows for evidence collection delineated by teacher actions or student actions. Type in the appropriate box. To add a picture either from your camera library or to take a new one, click the camera icon. To add evidence to the timeline, click Add Evidence.
Tags are important because they align with the domains and standards of the rubric. They help organize and categorize your evidence collection. To add a new tag to you evidence, click Add Tags. Then select one or more tags that correspond with your comment. Click Close. Tags are saved automatically.
Add photos to your evidence by clicking the camera icon in the corresponding box. Then select to either take a picture or use one from your Library. Note: You must have a comment to correspond with your photo.
Once your evidence has been added, you can still make edits. Click Edit and you'll then be able to edit your evidence, photo, or tag/s. Make your changes and click Save.
The Interpret screen is designed for administrators to select the appropriate level of practice observed during the observation and evidence collection stage.
Click on Interpret at the bottom of the app. This will bring you to a series of expandable menus.
Click on a Domain to expand the menu and see the underlying standards.
Select a level of practice or score for each domain and standard. Click on a Standard to expand the rubric for that standard.
You now have a dialog box beneath the standard to add comments. You can then click select score to mark this comment as a strength or growth. Click Add Comment to record that comment. Note: This score or strength or growth is not the same as scoring the standard in the rubric.
Click on a number in the rubric to score the standard.
Click on the standard again to collapse it. Repeat this process for each standard you are evaluating on this observation. Note: You do not have to score every standard on informal observations, unless your district requires it.
The Review screen displays your scores by standard. You may go back to the Collect or Interpret screens at any time to make changes or additions.
To keep the Feedbak observation on your iPad, click DONE. You would select this option if you did not have WiFi at the time.
If you have WiFi at the time, click Upload. You can choose:
- Save Online and Complete Later = Do not yet send the observation to the teacher. It will show up in your 'Pending' Feedbaks located on the web platform.
- Complete Feedbak and notify teacher = Finalize the observation and send the notification to the teacher. The teacher will be prompted to login to their SchoolStatus account to view the observation. The observation can be found under 'Completed' on the web platform.
- Complete Feedbak now and keep private = Finalize the observation but DO NOT send it to the teacher. You would select this option if only you and other admin needed to see this observation, but you didn't want to share with the teacher.
What Does the Teacher Receive?
Once you've completed the Feedbak, whether on web or mobile, the teacher will receive the following email, prompting he or she to login to view the Feedbak and make comments, if necessary.
Next, check out this article on Completing a Pending Feedbak.