Assessment in the Modern Classroom: Part Three- Blog Writing

I believe we are on our way of taking a modern classroom learning opportunity and upgrading assessment forms to match new skills and new literacies while not forgetting traditionally assessed ones.

We took a classroom Twitter feed (Part One) , looked at the conversation skills students exhibited during the Skype call (Part Two) and now are moving on to looking at “blog post writing” as assessment.

Keeping a previously created blogging rubric in mind, we took a closer look at the blog posts written by the 4th and 5th graders during the actual skype call and edited and formatted after the call had ended.

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(If you have a minute, take the time to give the 4th and 5th graders (“outside of the classroom”) feedback).

There is not enough time to allow students to write the blog post, but still require them to write, in addition, in their paper journal. The “new form” of assessment has to replace the traditional one….

[Sidenote: not all the time… students don’t have to only write on their blog, just as they should not only write in physical paper journals.]

There are still more components to our learning experience. We have videographers in the process of editing the recorded Skype call. Yet another opportunity for an upgraded assessment.

  • How will we give feedback?
  • How do we assess these students’ artifact for evidence of learning.
  • How well did they edit?
  • Were they able to summarize important parts of the video clip?
  • Were they able to tell a new story (showing understanding) from the clip?
  • Is there evidence of growth in their fluency/literacy/ skills such as digital communication, connection, collaboration and critical thinking?

Do we need a hub to collect these new types of assessment. Who is sharing? Who is curating? Who is disseminating?