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Blended Learning & Activity Based Working. Active Learning Classrooms. Technology in the classroom - Podcasts. Lesson Planning Ideas. Resources for educators of kids in grades 4-12. Student Writing Models/ Exemplars. Rubrics for Assessment. Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?”

Rubrics for Assessment

Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document).

When a Spreadsheet is Better Than a Form. Earlier this week a participant in one of my online courses asked a good question about using Google Forms as an assessment tool.

When a Spreadsheet is Better Than a Form

Here's the paraphrased question: I have created a great rubric for some year end projects. Rather than going straight to the spreadsheet, I complete the form as students present. Assessment and Rubrics. A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Assessment and Rubrics

Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki RubricCriteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog RubricAssess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Common Sense Education. Center for Educational Innovation. This site is meant to provide information, advice, examples of best practices, and inspiration to those using or thinking about using the exciting and challenging learning environments known as "Active Learning Classrooms" (ALCs).

Center for Educational Innovation

While it is based on and geared towards the ALCs at the University of Minnesota, we hope it will serve others as well. ALCs at the U of M Active learning classrooms (ALCs), many of them located in Bruininks Hall, offer a unique teaching and learning environment. The positives of working in these ALCs include increased learning gains and students reporting high satisfaction with the learning environment. Active Learning Spaces.