Checking for Understanding in the Digital Age

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Presentation for the Brisbane Teachmeet on 17 September 2013. This presentation details four strategies for gathering information on student learning using common and free web tools.

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Checking for Understanding in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Checking for Understanding in the Digital Age Using Analytics (Sort of) Anita Garnsworthy eLearning Coordinator Mt Alvernia College @Annitix garna@mta.qld.edu.au www.anitag.me
  2. 2. Technology Improving Student Learning...
  3. 3. Pedagogy > Technology Improving Student Learning...
  4. 4. Relationship > Pedagogy > Technology Improving Student Learning...
  5. 5. Wesley Fryer, I am here for the Learning Revolution, http://goo.gl/m8zbSQ, CC BY-SA 2.0 How can technology inform my pedagogy and improve my relationships with my students to improve their learning ?
  6. 6. How? With Analytics data to inform my understanding of exactly where my students are at
  7. 7. We’re not so we can’t collect the types of data they can but we can start in small ways
  8. 8. Example 1 Learning Goals Quiz
  9. 9. Based on learning goals Uses student friendly language Completed every weekfew weeks Students aware that it is just for my use to help me improve my teaching and so that I can feel confident that they are moving forward in their understandingachievement of the learning goals Key Features
  10. 10. I know how my students view their progress in their understanding of learning goals I can feel confident my students are progressing in their understanding of learning goals Students can see their own improvement when they move up a level in their answers which - Builds confidence in the students I know where I have to direct small group tutorials in class I know if I have to reteach something What is gained from this?
  11. 11. Example 2 Blogs and Comments
  12. 12. Students blog each week on what they have learned in class Students comment on one another’s posts - 2 comments a week - if 2 people have already commented then they can comment but need to find someone else (ensures all students get 2 comments) Key Features
  13. 13. I have evidence of students’ understanding of the subject matter Students gain a clearer understanding of the topics learned when they have to synthesize it into a blog post Students have an opportunity to build a positive digital footprint (something we value) Students have the opportunity to learn how to offer constructive criticism in a polite way Students have the opportunity to learn to take criticism What is gained from this?
  14. 14. Example 3 Khan Academy
  15. 15. We probably all know Khan Academy has videos But did you know... It has a pretest to map out a basic starting point (that self adjusts during testing) It suggests activities based on data collected Teachers can tell how long students took working on a problem, their problem solving strategies (videos and hints) Analytics in Khan Academy
  16. 16. Diagnostic gaps - identify gaps in understanding key concepts Targeted intervention - more quickly identify students who are struggling with a specific concept Diagnosis of student learning - see step by step how a student went about problem solving a question Real time motivation - track the class’ activity level (works well to get students back on task) Analytics in Khan Academy Link to info on analyzing Khan's Data Report http://s3.amazonaws.com/KA-share/Toolkit-photos/Data-reference.pdf
  17. 17. What is the teacher doing? working with the student who needs them...
  18. 18. Example 4 Questions
  19. 19. students should have to ask a question every day Alan November
  20. 20. Works well with a flipped classroom model After viewing some source material - video, reading... Students are required to ask a question to clarify their understanding or to indicate how they would like to extend their knowledge Questions are shared with the group Key Features
  21. 21. Link to the HOT Questions Starters http://personal.crocodoc.com/gAo1zr7
  22. 22. Students have to think of what they have learned in order to ask a question to extend their learning Students learn to ask higher order thinking (HOT) questions which encourages students to think at this level on other occasions Teacher gets insight into how students are thinking and what they want to know - leads to more effective lesson planning Teacher gets a bank of inquiry questions What is gained from this?
  23. 23. Thank You Any Questions? Anita Garnsworthy eLearning Coordinator Mt Alvernia College garna@mta.qld.edu.au @Annitix www.anitag.me

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