Reflection for Reporter # 6

Assessment is an important aspect of a teacher’s practice that informs both student learning and teacher instruction.  The opportunities afforded by technology are significant and can help to enhance and supplement assessment processes and practices, including teacher moderation.

Allowing students to have input into the development and form of the assessment, and to participate in the assessment, is a key step towards student ownership and engagement.  Assessment should be varied and incorporate self, peer and teacher assessment and be intentionally designed to demonstrate and measure the skills that will allow students to be successful in the digital age.

The type and form of the assessment will be influenced by the access and use of technology and its many applications.  A shift in classroom practice that uses technology as a vehicle to demonstrate student learning will result in a variety of different media such as writing blogs, creating a class blogosphere, creating podcasts, animation and many other applications.  Technology will also allow students to create on-line portfolios accessed by teachers, peers and parents for feedback and to submit assignments and tests on line for grading and feedback.

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