Their opinions are based on faulty information . I shot this quick clip in one of the classrooms that was doing the performance based assessment. The audio is terrible but what this student says is perfect. It’s actually kind of scary because there are people who don’t do this out in the public- like they don’t check their sources and stuff, therefore their opinions are based on faulty information. Now if we can create more assessments that cause students to come to those simple, yet powerful, conclusions I’ll be very pleased.
We’re looking to put some more muscle behind the idea of preparing students to do more than take multiple choice assessments. We looked at a variety of products and were not happy with the options so we decided to make our own. Working with, John Ross1 we got together a team of core content teachers from four different schools. We all attended a CLA workshop on how to create performance based assessments. The model is essentially based around providing a limited source of materials with varying degrees of reliability and in need of varying levels of analysis. Marc Chun2 was the presenter and he did a good job outlining the process and providing time for us to begin building our assessment over the two day workshop. I like the CWRA model as a whole but the pre-made route was expensive for the scale we’re interested in and we wanted the assessment to allow more freedom in terms of the final product. The CWRA assessment only allows text and we were hoping to encourage students to select from a variety of technologies as part of determining how to present their final product. So our goal was to create a scenario that both interested and engaged 8th grade students. It needed to have interdisciplinary elements that required using higher order thinking skills […]
We just wrapped up this year’s 21st century lesson plans awards. Below is one of the student work winners- a great stop motion ad created for Alexander’s BBQ. The restaurant has the ad running on its website. You can also find quick video summaries of the winning lessons (like the one below) on the ITRT Vimeo site. Once we get the lesson plans and artifacts up, I’ll post those as well. MS- Creativity from HCPS Instructional Technology on Vimeo. Rachel Toy (the teacher who leads off the video above) is also working with me and a few other people on 21st century assessment (which I’ll post about later).