On-line Formative & Summative Assessments…

As I stated previously, Moodle is my course management tool of choice. Students log into my course and are able to access science class resources, including their assessments/tests both formative (quick checks for understanding along the way that would drive my instruction) and summative (data to determine student learning and mastery of key concepts at the end of instruction). I post the assessment questions and students respond in a text box demonstrating their understanding of key science concepts. Written response format and use of student generated conceptual models as well as graphs to show relationships are but a few of the methods I use to assess learning. All drawings or graphs are completed in Paint on netbooks and more recently as students opt to bring their own device (BYOT) are using apps like DoodleBuddy to submit their response. Or they will work in an app, take a screen shot and then upload it in the assessment link. After the students finish taking their test, I am able to open it and view their test text response and images uploaded. I am able to give immediate feedback and students can access it even before the following school day, which they like very much. With summative assessments, it is still about the LEARNING. Although with class pacing it is time to move to the next unit, for struggling students I go back and provide reteaching opportunities to give additional practice or to clarify misconceptions that still remain. From a facilitators standpoint, I have gleaned many benefits from using Moodle. The management of assignments from each student is efficient. Each submission from students is dated and time stamped, I can see how often students utilized my Moodle resources during the unit, I am able to adjust font size making it is much easier to read than a student handwriting, there are no papers to carry around or misplace, and parents and students are able to access the assessments and class resource links from any location Internet is available. Moodle has helped parents immensely too. They go to one site, Moodle, where they are able to see all of their child’s work and science class resources. This allows them to stay actively apprised of what is happening in the classroom and are better able to elicit conversations with their child about their science learning. Students document their learning process in a virtual science notebook. More to come about my students’ Google Doc Science notebook/journal…


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