OUR FIVE TYPES OF TASKS… CONTENT EXPLORATION PRODUCTIVITY PRODUCTION TASKS DATA COLLECTION COMMUNICATION AND ANALYSIS EDUC W200 Week 7
WHAT ARE PRODUCTION TASKS?• A task given to students to create a form of “presentation” to showcase the knowledge they have gained…• Form of learning whereby students create a product or concrete artifact that is the focus of their learning and shows what they learned EDUC W200 Week 7
WHAT ARE PRODUCTION TASKS?• What about teachers? o Can teachers have production tasks? o What do teachers produce that qualify? EDUC W200 Week 7
PRODUCTION TASKS VERSUS OTHER TASKS• What makes production tasks different from content exploration tasks?• What are the students doing in production tasks that make them unique? EDUC W200 Week 7
CHARACTERISTICS OF PRODUCTION TASKS• Example: Digital Story 1. Deals with authentic (real-world) issues 2. Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity Multifaceted assessment (i.e., rubric) 3. Developed over time; Student choices Focus on individual progress (i.e., portfolio) 4. Teachers facilitate rather than control. Scaffolding/support from a variety of sources 5. Individual vs. group responsibility (comm. skills)• Production tasks are complex, but demonstrate complex knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes EDUC W200 Week 7
THINK BACK…• …To when you were in elementary, middle, or high school• THINK-PAIR-SHARE (3 minutes) o What “production tasks” did you do? o What tools did you use? o What process did you follow (group work? Individual? In- class time? Out-of-class-time?) EDUC W200 Week 7
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER FORPRODUCTION TASKS?• Who is performing the task (Student? Teacher?)• Which type of production tasks/tools can my students use (hint: think about their abilities)?• How difficult is the task? EDUC W200 Week 7
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER FORPRODUCTION TASKS?• How can I structure the task? o High structure (teacher leads) vs Low structure (teacher supports while students do) o Individual or group tasks? o How much time can I (or students) spend on this task?• What resources are available in the learning environment? o Does this limit the choices? EDUC W200 Week 7
PRODUCTION TASKS INVOLVECOMPLEX ACTIVITIES• Learners are not just doing a task – they are: o Demonstrating knowledge in action o Learning the acceptable and best ways to do a task o If done in groups, they are learning group and classroom expectations for working with others o They are learning about presentation of content, not just the content itself EDUC W200 Week 7
PRODUCTION TASKS INVOLVECOMPLEX ACTIVITIES• The assessment of a production task is the product, but is also the whole process leading up to the product o That’s why rubrics are often used with Production Tasks o That’s why we will be discussing assessment of production tasks later today! EDUC W200 Week 7
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