This week’s article was the following youtube clip that instructed on assessment tools for technology integration
One of the main points of this presentation was to reinforce the importance of assessing not only the student work, but also assessing if the integrated technology has had a positive impact on teacher. The presentation gave several great examples that I believe apply not only to technology integration, but to every form of assessment. For example. when a student is learning how to multiply, a simple online multiple choice test may be sufficient. It can assess if the student is able to get the correct answers. On the other hand, a skill such as using a Microsoft Office product would need a very different form of assessment (such as a performance task).
The part of the presentation that was most helpful to me were the examples of good questions to assess the impact of the technology integration.
- Is it safe for my students?
- Was it used appropriately
- Were the objectives reached
- Were they engaged
- Did they seem more interested?
- How long/often did they use it?
Most of these assessment questions fall teacher observation, but there are other methods that can give some great formative feedback.
One of the simplest forms to verify success is the use of a checklist. Specify the proper criteria and check them off once they have been met. This doesn’t provide great detail into the depth of knowledge, but it allows a quick view to see if the minimum requirements have been met. Following checklists are Rating scales. They are exactly like a checklist, but ranked. A ratting scale may have a checklist that’s broken up as 1,2,3,4,5, basic, intermediate, advanced, or anything else.
Finally the most detailed version would be the infamous rubric. In a sense, it’s just a more detailed rating scale!
Even though the media quality of the presentation was mediocre, I believe that the content in it holds true and serves as a valuable reminder. As teachers, we need to constantly assess our own teaching, especially when it comes to the technology we integrate. As long as we realize that the traditional assessment tools are not a ‘one size fits all’, we can taylor different methods to suit our classroom needs.