Friday, April 11, 2014

Chapter 11 Engaging students in performance assessment and reflectivelearning

Discussion Question:

Describe the use of assessment in schools. 

The use of assessment in schools allows schools to have performance evaluations which assess work completed rather than test taken. The performance evaluation includes students writing, individual and group projects, homework, individual presentations and teachers observation. Technology plays a huge roll in assessing performance because it allows students to display real world learning in many different ways. 

Tech tool 11.2 
Survey and poll resources and Apps. 

With this tech tool I am going to pick an App. The App I picked was poll everywhere. This is a texting app that allows students to use cell phones to submit responses to questions and polls through twitter. I have seen poll everywhere used in a 9th grade English class. The teacher had the students answer questions about the movie while the movie was playing. I thought it was a very good idea because it keeps the students focused on the movie and the details to be able to answer the questions right. If I ever teach a 9th grade class I would love to use this app! 

Chapter 11 summary 

Chapter 11 examines how teachers and students use technology to evaluate and assess learning. The first section of the chapter talks about the role of assessment in teaching and learning. Assessment features three elements. The first element is new teacher assessment. This is were your supervisor will asses your work. The next element is student assessment which is how you as a teacher will asses students' learning and your own effectiveness as a teacher. The third and final element is student self assessment which is how students will participate in the assessment process. The ability to engage in self reflection is key to success as a teacher.  The second section is digital teaching and portfolios. A digital teaching portfolio is a collection of educational and professional materials stored in an electronic format. It is an organized collection of materials that shows a teachers growth and development over the years. One big thing teachers learn from their portfolios is reflection which is a process of self assessment in which a learner examines past actions to identify what to keep or what to change. The great value of a digital portfolio is that it's contents can be constantly changed to reflect your growth as a teacher and the growth of students as learners. The final section in chapter 11 is involving students in learning and assessment. For students to care about rules of school conduct they want to have a say in the rules as well as in what they are learning in school. The movement for democratic schools and classrooms seek to increase the involvement of students in educational decision making and learning. I feel using technology to do assessments is a very good idea. Technology is making a huge impact on teaching now a days. Some technology that is being used for assessment is studen portfolios which are just like teachers! Portfolios was one of the main technologies talked about in this chapter and how it helps students and teachers reflect on their work and how they can improve it! I think it is a very cool idea in having something both students and teachers can do! 


1. Maloy, Robert W. "Chapter 11 Engaging Students in Performance Assessment and Reflective Learning." Transforming Learning with New Technologies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2011. 276-93. Print.
2. "How to Use PollEverywhere." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Nov. 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

1 comment:

  1. There are some great points you mention in this post, to include the importance of performance assessments to demonstrate learning and the use of technology to assist in this process. There will continue to be more use of such ideas in the future as we continue to recognize the individual needs of students.

    PollEverywhere is a great one to use, but because it is sometimes blocked in schools, you might want to add Socrative and InfuseLearning to your potential list of survey-type technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Both are great for BYOD, as well!