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Technology Tips and Tools for Assessment

Technology Tips and Tools for Assessment

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One of the most common heard complaints that I hear in my work as a technology integrator is that 'Students still have to do a written exam at the end of the course, so they shouldn't bother doing any assessment on their iPad or laptop or other mobile device!'

It's hogwash, of course, but that doesn't lessen the regularity with which I hear it. The reason that it's hogwash is because doing an assessment on an iPad or other device doesn't negate the value of the assessment - if (and it's a big if!) the assessment is a well constructed one.

Let me explain: we all know that assessment is one of the key skills of teaching. That is, if you assess students' learning well, then you are already on the path to making a difference. But what we often forget in this era of high-stakes testing is that formative assessment is just as important as summative assessment - and that's where technology can really lend the time-poor teacher a big hand.

I'm going to share with you some of my favourite ways of using technology to assist in formative assessment. I hope that you share some of yours in the comments below!

1. Three Ring (
I fell in love with this simple app when it first came out. Basically, it let's you build an ongoing, developmental portfolio of student work in a really simple, friendly way. I've seen it used really well in Vocational Education, but also in the Creative Arts. Powerful stuff.

2. Making Technologies Valuable: Stories of Meaningful Assessment (
This is a collection on iTunes U that has some absolutely brilliant ideas for ways to use technology - all put together by very talented Apple Distinguished Educators. Really opened my eyes to some ways to use technology.

3. Easy Assessment Rubric App (
This is a great app that lets you create your own rubrics for assessments. Best part is sharing them with students to explain how and why they received the mark that they did.

Of course, there are hundred more ideas. Don't forget to check out Edutopia's resources - here's one excellent article:

So, tell me, how do you use technology for student assessment? Or, what are your biggest concerns?

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Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

If you're in a Google Apps for Education School, Google Drive is a great way to have students doing and storing formative work throughout the school year! Students can build and keep their own portfolio of documents, and can even highlight them on a Blogger blog.

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