Kerry's Writing Class

ELA Resources

NYS ELA Standards:
NYS ELA Regents Example (2011)

6 Traits of Writing:

Planning Calendar

Lesson Planning Rubric

A-DRESS-ing Assessment

The challenge: To design a look using the Getty Center as inspiration.

The inspiration:

As we watch the video below, consider this: how does the assessor assess here and to what effect?

What We Mean by Assessment

Click here to see our notes from discussing these questions:
  1. Why do we assess students?
  2. What are the challenges of assessing students?
  3. How is assessment best used?
  4. What makes assessment "authentic"?

Google Jelly

There are two main online tools I've used in assessment that have really helped streamline and make more efficient my time.  Those are:

Google Docs allows you to create forms, collaborative documents with annotations, track students' progress in spreadsheets, and even create Power Point-style presentations.  Screen Jelly is a simple tool that students can use to create screencasts of their work.  Using these two tools in combination means assessment in your classroom can look very, very different.

Screencast + Assessment

Here is one way to combine these tools.  I call it a DocCast.  As long as you have students' work in digital form--and it doesn't matter the subject matter here--you can give feedback (or have students give their own self-assessment first) through a DocCast.  Here's one I did for a graduate student last semester:

There are so many other ways you can combine online resources or tools with screencasting.  Consider Mathcasting from students in California.  Students create video tutorials for their peers and post them to a class web site.  Check this one out:

Now, imagine you are their teacher.  Couldn't you assess these students' understanding of probability based on this tutorial?  Or, couldn't you require certain questions be responded to in order to probe more deeply? 

Google Forms + Assessment

Google Forms allows you to quickly and easily create a form and use it for whatever purposes you need.  Imagine you have asked students to submit papers to you online using Google Docs.  They do.  You then give the student screencast feedback.  Still, you have to document students' work somehow, keep track of progress, skills, and so on.  There are many online grade book programs out there (I prefer Snap Grades, though it's not free), but you can put something reliable together with Forms alone.  You can create a quick and easy standards-based form like this one here.

You + Assessment

Consider an assessment need you have in your content area.  Then, brainstorm ways that using Google Docs or Forms or Screencasting might help you assess more quickly or effectively or enjoyably.  In a modified TPACK approach to assessing with technology, I recommend using the follow template to frame your assessment tool:

 Content-based Assessment Activity    
 Description  Standards  Technological Adaptation    
 Use a rubric to assess  and track students' development as writers
 I use the six traits of writing to assess students' writing skills on a scale of 1-4.  It is a mixture of quantitative and qualitative feedback    
 6 Traits: Content, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Voice, and Conventions
 I use a Google Form instead which allows me to keep more accurate track of students' progress.  With time permitting, I also give qualitative feedback through screencasts
 Click here
 Particpants' CAAs to be added below

And Beyond

If this idea resonates with you--using a combination of tools and screencasting to assess students' learning--then you might want to dabble with these other ones as well: