Our assignment this week in Teaching, Learning & Assessing in the Digital Age, was to choose a resource under one of two topics, and write to inform others of its content. We were to post these to the Board for the appropriate topic: Assessing with Technology or Assessment of Digital Literacy. In this way, we could all contribute to a shared understanding of these topics, without having to manage the research of both of them. This will continue to be a valuable resource to us going forward.
I chose to participate in the Assessing with Technology board, and posted an article by Clarke-Midura & Dede discussing the potential for more reliable and valid assessment with technology in the very near future. Others who posted on this board include Jody Ceglarski who presented five fun and fast formative assessment tools. I’m already utilizing one of them, Socrative, in my classroom so it was affirming to have that one mentioned! Josh Lambert presented a video which discussed using technology for qualitative and quantitative assessments. Cari McKee presented an article discussing ensuring that assessment engages students and supports personalized learning. She indicated that assessment should focus on development while stimulating teacher-student dialogue to support learning. Laurie Brandl discussed a video recommending that assessment with technology be embedded in the classroom. She mentioned several tools from the video that are capable of being utilized for such purposes. Kara Toman discussed the same article that Cari McKee did, focusing on the capability of technology to differentiate assessments for variably-abled students. Finally, Sally Markiewicz presented another article about the future of assessment that sounds alot like the article I discussed, envisioning the use of gaming for assessment, as well as computer based assessments with interchangeable components based on student responses.
In the Assessing Digital Literacy Board, Christel Russman presented the pros and cons of using Trails-9 to assess student digital/technology skills. Monica Hayes discussed the merits of a rubric from the Reading Workshop to assess Digital Literacy skills. Carl Pastor presented an article emphasizing the difference between utilizing technology to assess students and assessing students actual technology or digital literacy skills. His article showed several ways to go about assessing digital literacy effectively. Trish Foucault presented the Tech Literacy Assessment which assesses students ability at various grade levels. This is intended to enable educators to integrate 21st century skills into core instruction. Finally, Stephanie Lovado presented an article discussing the 5 A’s that should measure a students Digital Literacy and Information Technology Skills: Asking, Acquiring, Analyzing, Applying and Assessing.
As we can see from the multitude and variety of resources presented, we have come a long way in the education field in the area of assessment. Many teachers are utilizing technology to assess students. Many teachers are assessing the students’ Digital Literacy Skills. However, we also see that there is room for improvement, and that there is a need for more teachers to join the movement to assess with technology and improve and assess students Digital Literacy Skills. I’m in! Are you?