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Assessment is not a spreadsheet, it’s a conversation. The words of the late Joe Bower, a teacher In December 2014 I had the privilege to be been invited to attend and give a talk at the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change hosted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Assessment is not a spreadsheet, it’s a conversation.

It was a small group but the conversations were fascinating and the participants super engaging. It was here that I met Joe Bower, a teacher from Red Deer, Alberta in Canada. Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose. In our five-part series, Making Sense of Exams, we’ll discuss the purpose of exams, whether they can be done online, overcoming exam anxiety, and effective revision techniques.

Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose

Over the past two decades there have been frequent calls to abandon exams. The major criticisms of exams in schools and universities tend to relate to either the misuse or overuse of exams, and not to the sensible use of exams in partnership with other assessment tasks such as presentations, research reports, creative responses, essays, reflective journals etc. 3 Non-Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning. Learning with 'e's: 7 ways to assess without testing. Learning with 'e's: 7 ways to assess without testing. Disrupt Assessment — Learning {Re}imagined. Disrupt Assessment.

Disrupt Assessment — Learning {Re}imagined

The Exam Sham: Onwards We Blindly Go. The Exam Sham: Onwards We Blindly Go The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has provided for you by the exams written by people who are trained in another generation. — Neil deGrasse Tyson The Mind Boggles Many schools have just concluded, entered, or are about to enter examination season.

The Exam Sham: Onwards We Blindly Go

Learning with 'e's: Tested to breaking point? 12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples. Formative assessment tools used in the classroom provide critical feedback to teachers, helping them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans.

12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples

Teachers are better able to meet the unique needs of individual students, empowering them through personalized and timely feedback. It’s important to use a variety of teaching and learning formative assessments, changing them frequently to stimulate both students and teachers. Assessment techniques are only as limited as the teacher’s imagination! Here are 12 awesome formative assessment examples that we like. These ideas are very creative, low tech, fun and engaging for students, and easy for a teacher to implement right away. Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015: Standardized Testing. Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015: Standardized Testing This is the second in my series The Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015 Standardized testing has a long history in the United States.

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015: Standardized Testing

But it’s become closely associated with — inseparable from, dare I say — school reform and accountability measures in recent decades, thanks in no small part to President George W. Bush’s signature piece of education legislation, No Child Left Behind. As I noted in the previous post in this series, “The Politics of Education Technology,” Congress has made a concerted effort this year to try to update NCLB, the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Standardized testing has a long history that connects it to education technology too. Recommended reading on the history and (perhaps) the future of testing: Anya Kamenetz’s 2015 book The Test. The Common Core State Standards. 33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom. I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom.

33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Let’s Talk about the Learning ….. not the grading — The Synapse. Let’s Talk about the Learning ….. not the grading Toss the grades.

Let’s Talk about the Learning ….. not the grading — The Synapse

Get rid of grades. Learners don’t need grades. Throw out grades. Over the past few weeks these statements have flittered across my twitter feed. Many teachers I know are shifting and changing how assessment is done in their classroom. Fixing Grading. 14 Reasons You Can't Throw Out Grades and One Reason You Must. Brace yourself.

14 Reasons You Can't Throw Out Grades and One Reason You Must

This is a rant. I’m angry. I’ve got a blog. You are here–at least for a moment. Assessment in the Modern Classroom: Part Two- Taxonomy of a Skype Conversation. This is Part Two of Assessment in the Modern Classroom. Read Part One here. Assessing students’ writing, thinking level , understanding, learning connections via a Twitter stream, did not end the assessment upgrade for this particular learning opportunity. During the same Skype call, we paid special attention to how students interacted with their conversation partner (Mike in this case) . We were watching their body language, paying attention to their vocabulary, ability to articulate an idea, their conversation etiquette and ability to follow a conversation and interaction.

If working (and communicating beyond face to face interaction) on a global team is/will be a crucial skill for our students to posses, how can we assess the skills, support, coach and guide students? I am looking for ways to UPGRADE & REPLACE traditional assessment forms. Download the Taxonomy of a Skype Conversation as a pdf file. 10 Formative Assessments Tech Tools to Put to the Test in 2015. Students require constant feedback in order to be actively engaged and strive towards growth while learning new concepts.

10 Formative Assessments Tech Tools to Put to the Test in 2015

Technology, as an instructional tool, can be especially powerful when used to conduct formative assessments. Why? Because technology has the ability to provide feedback instantly. Feedback must be timely, personalized, and specific in order for it to truly transform our classrooms. In this post, I would like to introduce you to 10 of my favorite formative assessments tools you can easily try in your classroom next year. 1. 2.