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Skills Assessment for Students PD
Transcript of Skills Assessment for Students PD
Do we have the skills to support our students in developing 21st century skills? ABSOLUTELY!
Many teachers today are NOT digital natives, nor are they as tech savvy as they would like. However, we all have the capacity to develop the skills we require to support our students. It is a journey that we can undertake together, teachers working in teams, and students teaching each other, helping us along the way. It is a collaborative journey. Let's start today!
Discuss this quote with your elbow partner. List your thoughts on the chart paper at your table.
What are 21st century skills?
In order to adequately assess our ability to usher our students into a a future where they are expected to be global citizens in a participatory climate, we must ask questions both of ourselves and our students.
Begin with the following self-assessment...
Self-assessment link: http://bit.ly/12ZFbTh
Discuss the following diagram with your elbow partner.
How do we prepare students to succeed in the 21st century?
Guide on the side
Ask the right questions
Bridge to learning
Authentic assessment is a process that occurs over time. We need time to observe students as they work both on their own and in collaboration with others. In order for students to develop 21st century skills, they need some foundational skills first. Those foundational skills must include a level of tech 'savvy-ness' in order for students to really benefit from group assignments and project based learning typical of 21st century learning. We can begin with a simple observation.
In the past, I found I was able to assess my students technology skills over time, as they completed various assignments and presentations. When I introduced Edmodo to my students, I was really able to see some students shine more than others, learning new things from reading their posts.
Students impressed me as they posted games, videos, and assignments on Edmodo, increasing the frequency with which they completed homework, and collaborated with others. I want to congratulate every teacher who has created a classroom community using Edmodo or another learning management system.
A great way for students to begin to see the skills they possess, as well as the skills they require, they too can complete a technology survey.
Have students complete this survey before our next meeting.
Student Technology Survey
Once students have completed the survey I shared with you, have them engage in a webquest. I have created one I will use with my junior students, and invite you to use it as it is, or change the links I used to suit your own curriculum purposes.
The webquest was created taking into consideration the learning skills our students are expected to develop as they become 21st century learners. Those learning skills can be found in Ontario's Growing Success Document.
Self Assessment, Peer Assessment, Teacher Assessment
Students love an audience. They also love to hear what they did well. Throughout the webquest, students will share everything they do on Edmodo or other LMS. Although most of the tasks can be assigned for homework, I suggest also giving students time to work or share in class. At the end of each rubric, there is a place for 2 stars and a wish. It is essential that students are able to give each other feedback. We must build that time into our day!
Self Assessment Rubric http://bit.ly/135q5Ne
Peer Assessment Rubric http://bit.ly/12WsKMG
Rubric for Teacher's Use http://bit.ly/1bDgd5r
Until we meet again!!!
Thank you for actively participating in today's conversation. I look forward to meeting with you in one month to share the outcome of the webquest.
21st century, here we come!!