21st century students don't just hand in their assignments, they publish them!
Giving students the opportunity to use web tools to demonstrate their learning adds a new element that may increase the quality of their work.
Web 2 Tools - Generic Categories
Below is our attempt at creating a generic list of what we can do with online tools.
Create a piece of text
Make a book
Draw a flowchart
Make a word cloud
Tell a story with an avatar
Edit a photo
Create digital art
Plan a virtual tour
Build a timeline
Design a slide presentation
Build an animation
Record a podcast
Create a poster
Edit a video
Construct or explore a 3D model
Write a blog
Bookmark some websites
Draw a mind map
Build a website
Create a piece of music
Have a conversation
Make a game
Mark-up a map
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I developed this framework on the left to concrete some of my thinking about the use of ICT in assessment tasks. I believe that teachers have an incredible opportunity today to leverage the power of the internet for the sake of our students.
Let’s move through this framework and I will give a brief description of how this works. We start on the left with a teacher doing some critical thinking before any lessons have been written. This is the thinking that is done before she has students in front of her. She is considering a unit of learning around the environment and wants to focus on Rainforests. The teacher considers the first question “what skills knowledge and attitudes do I want my students to possess?” She makes a list and considers which of these are “enduring” and “important to know”. Answering the question “why is this learning important?” is easy for her and soon she has some wonderful notes about her new unit of work. However none of it is in any sequential order, and there are no lesson plans yet, just a bunch of fabulous notes.
She comes to the next crucial question “how will I know what my students know?” She needs to build the assessment task and establish its criteria. “What work will my students do so that I know if my teaching is effective”, she asks herself and makes some more notes under the heading “Assessment Task”. Now her unit of learning is really taking shape.
Her assessment task now directs her as to what her lessons should look like; she can begin creating a sequence of topics.
It's assessment time and this innovative teacher wants her student to create internet content and use web 2 tools to demonstrate their understanding. Students choose a web 2 tool and begin to create their products. She has taught her students some excellent collaboration protocols and peer review practices so students review each other’s work and provide feedback. Many of her students make significant improvements to their assessment piece and are ready to publish. Now the whole world can enjoy what her students have been learning!