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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ March 12, 2018

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Redefining Assessment and Feedback

There’s a difference between assessment and evaluation (see Sarah J. Donovan’s graphic). The difference between assessment and evaluation or grading is the type of feedback the student receives and then how they use that feedback. If we want students to own their learning, to use their success and failures to grow, they need feedback from which they can rise. A grade is a final period, but assessment and feedback are moments to pause and reflect on learning and grow.

John Spencer and A.J. Juliani say that “assessment is only authentic if students own the process” (Empower 129). It’s when they own that process that they make meaning, connections, and create. It’s the type of feedback learners receive that brings them ownership of their learning. “It involves a collaborative partnership between students, peers and the teacher. When that happens, students move from being dependent (or independent) and towards interdependence” (Empower 132).

What are some means of assessment and feedback that can demonstrate student learning and provide feedback that brings about student ownership? Portfolios, blogs, self-reflection forms, and products all demonstrate student learning and by their nature provide a different vehicle for assessment and feedback. Padlet and Flipgrid are amazing and powerful tools where learning can be demonstrated and reflected on with feedback can be personalized. The new Google Sites is an easy to use tool for portfolios, blogs, project management and product presentation. Google Slides is an easy to use and access tool for collaborative products. Google Forms is a great way to obtain regular, self-reflective feedback from your students.

Assessment and feedback are vital to the growth mindset of the learner. That process might seem like it is harder for teachers, but we have so many tools available to us that make those opportunities richer, deeper, more interactive and even easier.

Want to dive more into empowering student learning? Check out the book Empower by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani.

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What's APPening?

PowerPoint is a standard go-to for presentations, but have you thought about trying Google Slides? As one of the pillars of the GSuite for Education, Google Slides is available for all of our students. It's a cross-platform tool that allows for creation, collaboration and presentation.

Students can:

  • create a product presentation
  • collaborate with other students
  • not worry about where they saved their work
  • jigsaw their learning
  • add and crop videos
  • add audio
  • add and crop images
  • use themes
  • add links
  • add Bitmojis
  • combine with other Google products (Docs, Forms, Sheets, Drawings, Earth, Lit Projects)

Teachers can:

  • Jigsaw an assignment
  • create a class slideshow
  • receive feedback during presentations making them interactive
  • create newsletters and embed into a website
  • use as an exit ticket
  • be creative and discover your own uses!

Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools for classes, teams, clubs and activities are approved and ready for to use when you need them. PLAN AHEAD. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted by you. Don't see the one you'd like to use? Visit the District database. Still don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list. Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

Have questions? Contact anyone of your Digital Resource Team members, Susan, Sasha or Steve.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!