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Dec. 1 Webinar – Assessment 2: Using Assessment to Further Learning

November 28th, 2011 1 comment

Stiggins quoteThanks to everyone who attended the first MLTI assessment webinar on November 17. In that webinar, we discussed summative and formative assessment and how they differ. We took a close look at a definition of formative assessment from Black and Wiliam and then examined their framework for formative assessment. We then turned our attention to collecting evidence of learning. We looked at Anne Davies‘ model for the triangulation of evidence and talked about ways the software on our MLTI devices as well as some web tools can help us collect observations, conversations and products. The discussion was lively with participants adding their experiences and ideas for improving assessment practice. If you missed it, you can find links to the recordings on our Archives page.

In this week’s webinar we will continue our assessment conversation as we discuss how we can use the evidence we collect to help learners make more progress. We will explore ways to clarify learning goals and targets and to establish criteria for success, including a demonstration of some tools for creating conventional matrix-style rubrics and branching rubrics. We will end with a discussion of evaluative and descriptive feedback as we explore ways to use digital tools for giving and receiving feedback and how students can become resources for each other.

Please join us this Thursday, December 1 at 3:15 or 7:15. Click on the Webcast tab above for more information about registering and accessing this webinar.


Nov. 17 Webinar – Assessment 1: What Do They Really Know and What Can They Really Do?

November 14th, 2011 Comments off
Students taking test

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When we think of assessment, often the first thing that comes to mind is a high-stakes test. Although the MEAs, the NECAPs, and the SATs play a part in determining how our students are doing, a balanced assessment plan has many other components. Effective teachers ask themselves, “What do they really know and what can they really do?” as they question, observe, and conference with students about their work every day. They also involve students in the assessment process by asking them to reflect on their own work and the work of their peers and to become resources for each other.

This week’s webinar is the first of two sessions in which we will explore summative and formative assessments and the role they play in a balanced assessment plan. In this first session, we will discuss the differences between summative and formative assessments and consider ideas from Ann Davies, Rick Stiggins, Dylan Wiliam and others. We will then take a close look at how we can use technology to gather evidence of learning and capture the learner’s thinking. On December 1, we will continue the conversation as we discuss how we can use this evidence to help learners make more progress.

Please join us this Thursday at 3:15 pm. or 7:15 pm. For more information about accessing our MLTI webinars or to register, please click on the Webcasts tab at the top of this page.