Rethinking Assessment: Digital Tools to Engage, Assess, and Differentiate
Becky Shiring, @beckyshy, Director of Professional Development and Continued Learning, Squirrels, LLCGallery Overlook E
- What is the PURPOSE of assessments?
- PADLET – Introductions
- WHY do we assess our students?
- To measure achievement, understanding, outcomes, objectives, drive instruction are they ready to move on, to see if we taught what we intended, to see what they know before we teach. Mastery of skills, standards, evaluate progress, provides channel of feedback, motivates students.
- What are the BENEFITS of using technology to assess?
- Quick feedback, collaboration, captures data/evidence, track common misunderstandings, more engaging for the kids (Kahoot), quickly capture data, easily shareable, engages students, immediate feedback, permanence of learning, ownership, authentic tasks.
- TYPES of Assessment
- PADLET – Assessment Ideas
- Check for understanding for researching opportunities before they get to the end. Are the students ready before summative. Low stakes, ongoing, feedback, assessment FOR learning
- High stakes, end of unit, evaluation, assessment OF learning.
- “When the cook tastes the soup that’s formative, when the guests taste the soup it’s summative.”
- Types of Adjustments
- In the moment adjustments (Kahoots, stop light cards, exit ticket, etc.), next class, last chance (just before the “big test”), learning approach adjustments (student driven, they way they take notes, student reflections, they way the student owns their learning and the teacher guides), classroom climate adjustments (learning for all vs competitive, student ownership of data and mindset). Quick Checks for Understanding vs a long formal quiz that can’t allow quick on-the-fly teaching adjustments.
- Corrective Instruction and the Formative Assessment Cycle (Plan > Teach > Assess > Analyze Data/Student Work > Adapt/ReAssess)
- PADLET – Tools and Apps
- “Virtual Corkboards” – Supports multiple formats, mobile app, personalization, exit tickets, thinking maps, KWL, group projects, comments for peer/teacher feedback.
- PADLET has new features for profanity filters, up and down voting, linking, custom urls, etc. Upload, links, Google images, Snap, Film, Voice, Draw, Map, PADLET link. All in the free version.
- NoteApp and Stormboard are other options.
- Simple Media Tools – Demonstrate understanding, apply concepts to new contexts, highly engaging, promotes new media literacy.
- Dvolver MovieMaker allows students to develop cartoon movies for scenarios, projects, assignments, etc.
- Dvolver, Breaking News Generator, BigHugLabs
- ISTE Standards – Supports creators of their own content.
- Quick Response – Easy, on the spot, quick activities
- Write Surge (quick writing tool), SketchBook (create book for drawing, ideas into a sketch), AutoDraw (quick drawing tool for creating great looking graphics), TodaysMeet
- Video Clippers – Pause video and ask questions, effective for flipping classrooms
- EdPuzzle, PlayPosit, Spiral.ac
- Student Response Systems – Game based learning, instant feedback, device agnostic, gauge student interest, exports data
- Spiral, Quizziz, Kahoot, GoFormative, ClassClimate (feeling about a topic)
- ATLAS Protocol – Learning from Student Work
What are some other technology tools that you have used for formative assessment?