Assessing Student Learning
Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?”
Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document).
The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters. The technology itself is simply neutral. Consider: would a teacher grade the pen a student used to write an essay? Of course not! They grade what the student writes. It’s what students create with the tool that is at the heart of learning and assessment.
Formative vs. Summative Assessment
Rubrics to Measure Student Learning
Providing detailed explanations of an assignment using an online rubric, created with tools such as Rubistar or Digital Media Scoring Guides, can assist students in both completing tasks and thinking about their performance. Additionally, these tools allow teachers to create rubrics quickly with a greater level of meaningful feedback. They can also easily be shared among teachers and saved or modified for future assignments.
Assessing Student Blogging
- The Chronicle of Higher Education - Rubric for Assessing Student Blogs
- University of Wisconsin-Stout Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs
- Blogging Rubric - PDF Handout
- Blooms Digital Taxonomy & Blog Journaling Rubric with Examples
- Porterfield's Blogging Rubric
- Blog Assignment Rubric
- Teacher Tips for Blogging Projects
- Directions for Posting Blog Entries
- Teacher Checklist for Blogging Projects
- Leaving Good Blog Comments
- Blog Entry Scoring Checklist