Assessments Andrew Norris and Joanna Murray

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1. Quizzes and Tests

1.1. Strengths : Objective. May be presented in different formats (multiple choice, true/false, matching, etc.)

1.2. Weaknesses : Accommodations may be necessary for students with special needs. Students may interpret questions differently than teacher anticipated. May not be an actual reflection of what students know.

2. Personal Response Devices (PRD)

2.1. Strengths : Encourages and provides immediate feedback. Fosters whole group participation.

2.2. Weaknesses : PRD are expensive. Teachers will need to worry about maintenance and replacement of damaged devices.

3. Journals

3.1. Strengths : Used across all subject areas. Storage and organization of thoughts.

3.2. Weaknesses : Neatness is an issue for some. Responsibility of having their journal in their possession.

4. Rubrics

4.1. Strengths : Can be teacher or student created. Can be used in all subject areas. Easily outline expectations and assignment requirements.

4.2. Weaknesses : Subjective assessment tool. Can be time consuming to create. Important to establish a consistent format of rubric.

5. Porfolios

5.1. Strengths : Electronic or hard copy. Multiple units of study or as an end-of-the-year project. Encourages creativity. Students take pride in work.

5.2. Weaknesses : Time consuming. Subjective assessment. Grades assigned based on student knowledge of how to use computer rather than what they know about desired content.

6. Presentation Software

6.1. Strengths : Multiple options. Ease of use. Something for everyone. Multimedia capabilities. Individual or group activity.

6.2. Weaknesses : Students must be conscious of copyright infringement. Redundant. Students need to be taught how to appropriately cite sources before publishing.

7. Podcast / Video Production

7.1. Strengths : Fosters creativity. Student engagement and buy-in. Students take pride in work.

7.2. Weaknesses : Difficult for some to use. Students and teachers may not have access to equipment.

8. Interviews

8.1. Strengths : Students work collaboratively to develop effective questioning and answering skills. Students can demonstrate depth of knowledge in a creative way.

8.2. Weaknesses : Inconsistent results depending on student buy-in. Effort put forth by students may vary. Subjective assessment. Teachers will need to include a detailed account of expectations.

9. Website Creation

9.1. Strengths : Students can work individually or in groups. Teacher can use as a summative assessment. Multiple subjects and grade levels.

9.2. Weaknesses : Software may be difficult for some students to navigate. Some websites require payment.

10. Blogs

10.1. Strengths : Written about multiple topics. Summative / formative assessments. Allows for peer and self reflection. Parents accessible. Fosters creativity.

10.2. Weaknesses : Time consuming. Internet and access to computers limited. Students lack typing skills.

11. Wiki Creation

11.1. Strengths : Excellent summative assessment. Can be created individually or in small groups to create class product. Can incorporate multimedia.

11.2. Weaknesses : Students may need to be taught how to research, cite sources appropriately, and summarize their findings prior to publication. Site may be difficult for some to navigate.

12. Educational Games

12.1. Strengths : Engaging. Interactive. Students enjoy them. Can be played individually, small group, or whole group.

12.2. Weaknesses : Students may not enjoy the competition aspect. Do not allow wait time for students who need it. Students may not be interested in sharing knowledge in front of peers.

13. Demonstrations

13.1. Strengths : Small group, whole group, or individual assignment. Hands on or virtual capabilities. Possible to tape and playback for reinforcement of skill.

13.2. Weaknesses : May take time to create and troubleshoot or anticipate problems.

14. Mind Maps

14.1. Strengths : Can be used as summative or formative assessments. Organize thoughts. Can incorporate multimedia. Can be created electronically or by students.

14.2. Weaknesses : Cost is a factor if interested in all features. May be difficult for some to use.

15. Self Reflection

15.1. Strengths : Allow students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses while brainstorming ways to improve.

15.2. Weaknesses : Students may not truly reflect actual opinions of own work.