Digital Authentic Assessment: Kati Searcy at 2012 Social Learning Summit

Are you looking for new ways for students to demonstrate their learning? Do you wish to integrate technology into your classroom with free tools? Would you appreciate fresh strategies to get your students excited about assessments? Thought you might.
Gifted educator Kati Searcy will focus on highly effective digital technologies to help engage students in meaningful ways to demonstrate their learning. Using resources from the Discovery Education‘s digital library of photos and music, as well as original photos/artwork and music, students can create movies to demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum. Meaningful DIGITAL AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT. You can find Kati’s resources here: Edomodo: Group 2gi3we.

Kati’s goal is to focus on highly successful digital assessment. She notes that while conventional assessment may have a place at school, students need to develop the opportunity to think and own their learning process. She believes that pre-assessment should always occur and should happen several weeks before the unit commences. Summative assessment should focus on the standard(s) and curriculum objectives, and not the tool.

Kati likes blogging as a summative assessment to demonstrate their learning. Looking at opportunities for growth, she encourages teachers not to focus again on the tool but how you can create new learning. Animoto is a great fast tool, and you can add images and video clips from Discoverystreaming, as well as music, and integrate it into an Animoto video. As far as intuitive tools go, Animoto is an easy beesy way to create a video. You can acquire student access for free to full-length video production, but the access needs renewing every 6 months.

For the Social Studies project on the right thumbnail above, as with the other screenshots, the second selection is the better way to work. For this project, Kati suggests VoiceThread as a tool because of its multi-level ways to create content and how it allows collaboration. Again, a very intuitive tool, VoiceThread easily integrates all Discovery assets into the creation process. No project is appropriate without a rubric, and that should be the first thing the students see prior to beginning their work. The focus is on the content, not the tool, which is merely the vehicle for displaying and demonstrating learning.

For a second grade classroom, you would need to supply the technology that students would use. For this activity (see screen shot left side) Kati suggests Dr. Lodge McCammon’s paper slide video process. In conclusion, Kati said that when you attend a tech conference, look deeply into the content. Does the project just demonstrate the technology learning or authentic learning.

 

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