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AAC and the 2Learn.ca Education Society completed a collaborative project, funded by a grant from Alberta Education. The following resources summarize the work from the project. Seven different and readily available classroom technology options are discussed from the perspective of how the technology can be used to support sound assessment practice. An additional feature provides insights for how technology can be used to support assessment for those students in your class who may need just that bit of additional support.

Download the accompanying Professional Learning Guides to learn more, then dialogue with colleagues using the Discussion Questions.  Make a plan to use technology for assessment within an upcoming learning experience with students.

Everyone always says that it’s not about the tools. In these resources, assessment is front and centre, with technology playing the supporting role. Whether you are comfortable with technology or still finding your way, these resources can help you begin to create a seamless integration of technology and classroom assessment.eve

Mobile Devices

Discussion Questions

  • In what ways have you engaged in using Mobile Devices with your students? What were the successes? What were the challenges?
  • In your experience, how do Mobile Devices differ from conventional communication tools?  What are the benefits to students and teachers?

Digital Feedback Tools

Discussion Questions

  • In what ways have you engaged in using Digital Feedback Tools with your students? What were the successes? What were the challenges?
  • In your experience, how do Digital Feedback Tools differ from conventional analog feedback tools?  What are the benefits to students and teachers? 
  • What assessment tasks do you currently have that would lend themselves to using Digital feedback Tools?  What would you need to adjust/tweek to ensure Digital Feedback Tools are successful for this task?

Infographics

Discussion Questions

  • In what ways have you engaged in using Infographics with your students? What were the successes? What were the challenges?
  • In your experience, how do Infographics differ from conventional assessments?  What are the benefits to students and teachers? 
  • What assessment tasks do you currently have that would lend themselves to creating an Infographic?  What would you need to adjust/tweek to ensure Infographics are successful for this task?

Visual Thinking Tools

Discussion Questions

  • In your experience, how do Visual Thinking Tools differ from conventional assessments?  What are the benefits to students and teachers? 
  • What assessment tasks do you currently have that would lend themselves to Visual Thinking Tools?  What would you need to adjust/tweek to make VTT successful for this task?

Digital Forms

Discussion Questions

  • In what ways have you engaged in using Digital Forms with your students? What were the successes? What were the challenges?
  • In your experience, how do Digital Forms differ from conventional analog forms?  What are the benefits to students and teachers? 
  • What upcoming assessment tasks do you currently have that would lend themselves to using Digital Forms?  What would you need to adjust/tweek to ensure Digital Forms are successful for this task?

e-Portfolios

Discussion Questions

  • Discuss how you have used or seen others use conventional portfolios.  What were the benefits and what were the limitations?
  • How might the use of digital e-portfolios help to potentially eliminate the limitations of conventional portfolios?
  • How might the use of e-portfolios work to engage parents in their student’s learning?
  • How might the use of e-portfolios work to help students and education partners to see beyond grades, and focus on student growth and learning?

Digital Story Telling

Discussion Questions

  • Without identifying specifics, which student(s) in your class might benefit the most from using Digital Story Telling?
  • What upcoming assessment task do you currently have that would lend itself to using Digital Story Telling?  How might you need to adjust/tweek the task to ensure you were gathering evidence of student learning related to the outcomes, rather than focusing on the student’s expertise with the technology?

Supporting all Students

Discussion Questions

  • Without identifying specifics, which student(s) in your class might benefit the most from intentional integration of technology in assessment?
  • What is one thing with technology and assessment you want to try? What do you need to implement this?
  • How might the use of the intentional use of technology in assessment work to help students and education partners to see beyond grades, and focus on student growth and learning?

And remember - it's really not about the tools!

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