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How should we use technology in assessment?

David Wees Learning Specialist: Technology for Stratford Hall

I'm looking for brain-storming ideas. You can either share ideas you've tried, or just half-baked ideas that you think would be interesting. Let's make sure not to bash each other in this post, our objective is to think of as many ways as possible to use technology as a tool in assessment.

I'll give 10 ways to start the ball rolling.

1. Video tape kids working on math problems, and use the video recordings to assess their process.

2. Have students write 140 character stories via Twitter to demonstrate their ability to write a compelling and concise narrative.

3. Audio record students speaking in a foreign language, and then listen to the recordings and provide feedback on pronunciation.

4. Use students blogging as a form of assessment of writing for a public audience. How does your writing change when anyone can read it?

5. Have students write letters on an iPad (using one of those stylus' to make the writing like real writing) while a screen-capture program is running. Use the recording to determine how effectively kids are forming letters.

6. Have students write an essay in Google Docs. Use the revision history to talk about the process of writing, and use the comment feature to provide feedback on their writing (potentially in real time).

7. Let students construct a wiki (or a regular website) to demonstrate what they've learned about a particular topic. Let them update their website during the year as they learn more about the topic. Have them share their websites with each other, and have them send links to their website to experts in field (while introducing themselves as students) to ask advice.

8. Here's an assessment task one related to calculus. Have students construct a computer program to numerically integrate a given function using Simpson's rule. Obviously this assumes they have some understanding of programming first.

9. Have students create a radio play podcast as a way of demonstrating their understanding of the importance of setting the mood in a dramatic production, or as a demonstration of their understanding of genre.

10. Have students create video tutorials explaining a concept, demonstrating through their explanation that they understand the concept.

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