Assessing Students through Reflections and Writing
Assessing Studentsthrough Reflections and WritingPresented by Melissa Smith@edutechsmith Image from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=quill%20pens#ai:MC900312512|mt:1|
Back ChannelingIt is where your audience has the opportunity to askquestions, make comments, actively listen andparticipate in order to make deeper connections anddemonstrate their understandingChatzy.com vs. Edmodo Chatzy – True back channel – Room focused on topic – Bad feature = clear room content Edmodo – Must spend time setting up student accounts. No posing as someone else. But conversations can’t be embedded and aren’t just for specific chat
Give students directionson what to back channel “Ah ha” moments Take notes Ideas on how to integrate it Share your knowledge or experience Post / Ask questions
10 important skills that every student should obtain from educators and school stakeholders perspective. 1. Read 6. Be resourceful 2. Type 7. Be accountable 3. Write 8. Know how to learn 4. Communicate 9. Think critically effectively, and with respect 10. Be happy 5. Questionhttp://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/08/11/ten-skills-every-student-should-learn/?
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Let’s look at each level moreclosely and think: What activitydo you have your students do or could do to facilitate learning?
How can you tap into yourstudents in order to assessthem while they apply theirknowledge in an authentic higher level way?
What is a Student Scriber?A student who records what they are learning on a dailybasisA student who reteaches and posts the newest conceptbeing explained in classStudents digitally scribing their learningexperiences, archiving it electronically to give access toit later or continue the activity in a timeless way
Benefits of Student Scribers allowing forShifts control from teacher to studentstudents to manage their own learningForces students to become more responsibleCauses students to take better notesImproves social dynamics within the classroomGives every voice a chance to be heardExtends the class dayMotivates students internallyObtains the 21st Century life skill of digitalcommunication
Where to put the scribes?Blogger (Google’s Blog) – remove the “next”buttonPosterous – easy to useWord Press – only for the web savvyKidBlog – excellent for the primary studentsWiki – Your own virtual 3 ring binder with asmany sections as you want!VoiceThread – Thread per student?
What Posts Will Show You Students in charge of posting will more likely come to the teacher or peer expert to better understand concept if he/she has questions Authentic assessment and better form of understanding what exactly students know and don’t know (Allow student scribers to actually scribe what they aren’t sure of themselves. Other students will comment with help!) Scribing and commenting students will post external sites that correspond with the learning
Darren Kuropatwa’s Students Scribing Set upThe Assignment: Summarize or demonstrate what youlearned well enough to have others be able to learn fromyou.• Teacher assigns who will scribe.• Think about: • Scribe per: concept? unit? chapter? class? • Class blog? Student blog? • Require everyone to comment at least xtime(s) a week? • Give class time to look at post: Morning message time? Before starting same subject lesson? • (I and I wish routine)
How to Write Rich and Meaningful CommentsIts purpose is to stimulate discussionGives an opinion with supportApplication or mention of correct terminology orinformation from studiesWrites a reflection connecting with self or realworld
Things to Address withStudents Before StartingDigital Citizenship (having respect and patience of others)2 types of writing: Formal and Informal (To text abbreviate or not, that is the question.)Positive and purposeful online attitudeLooking for effort
Teacher Expectations(Let it be known ahead of time and incorporate it into your rubric!)Participation (require they do their assignment +comment/respond to others "x" number of times)On timeRich commentsGrammar/spellingUniquenessCorrelates with topic
Changes Purpose of Work Flow of student work without technology component.Student does Teacher Students look at Learning work comments and grade then throw for the grades away work GradeFlow of student work with technology component. NonStudent posts Teachers, Peers, Student reviews work and Global comments and Artificial Audience makes Form of Comment improvements Learning
Brainstorm Forms of Scribing • Scan • Cut & Paste • Garageband • Screencast Audio VideoPaper • Photo Electronic Paper • Save as • Audioboo • Jing Image • MP3 • Flip • Upload • Voki • Smartphone • Embed • VoiceThread • Dabbleboard