Digital Age Assessment: Part 1
A look at technology tools that aid formative assessment.
Effective observation and diagnosis of student learning can be greatly assisted by 21stcentury technologies. Below are five practical tools to help educators measure student progress.
Personal response systems such as those by GTCO allow us to get a snapshot of students’ comprehension in real time. We might ask a middle school social studies class: “Which state does not belong in this list and why? A) Florida; B) New York; C) California; or D) Nevada.” As the computer displays the answers on a teacher desktop or on a projection screen, the results (appearing in chart or graph form) provide quick information on any gaps or trends in student understanding.
Students take an online practice quiz offered by a course management system such as Blackboard, HotChalk, or Baudnet; a quiz-giving service such as Quia; or through a noncommercial service such as ProProfs. The teacher can organize the test so that it evaluates the learning standard at a high level of thinking.
Author: Harry Grover Tuttle, TechLearning, 15th March 2008
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