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Resources for Authentic Assessment

In The Case for Authentic Assessment, Wiggins noted that authentic assessments provide opportunities for students to apply acquired knowledge, instead of selecting or writing responses to test questions. Through authentic assessment, students can demonstrate mastery of concepts through the application of knowledge. The School of Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers authentic assessment resources for teachers. The site presents information regarding performance assessment, rubrics, negotiable contracting, and electronic portfolios, as well as web-based tools that can be used to create assessments.

In looking for resources to be adapted for use in my online classes, I found rubrics created by Joan Vandervelde of UW-Stout to be used for the assessment of e-portfolios, online discussions, student blogs, wikis, and the use of Twitter for instructional assigments.

Another resource contains a complete description of peer assessment and team assignments. The article presents issues to be considered when implementing peer assessments, considerations for team grading, and tips from teachers who have implemented peer assessments and team assignments in their classes. This information could be applied to the planning of collaborative assignments that can be assessed in a way that is fair to all students.

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Teachers First

April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Teachers First provides a collection of resources for use in the classroom and for professional development. Lessons and activities are available for all grade levels and all subjects. Across the top of the home page, a series of tabs are available to access categories within the collection. Content is searchable by subject, grade level, or keyword or can be presented in a list that teachers can browse and can be shared via student computers, a projector, or a whiteboard. Classroom resources includes over 12,000 teacher-reviewed web resources. Resources include lesson plans, instructional units, and ready-to-use content. TeachersFirst Exclusives present teacher-created activities, lesson and unit plans. Professional Resources includes time-saver ideas and tips for new or substitute teachers, technology integration, reading resources, professional topics, differentiating instruction, and communicating with parents. Another excellent professional development feature is OK2ASK, which is a series of interactive webinars that cover professional development-related topics. What’s Hot provides links to the latest and most popular content from Teachers First. An exciting feature of What’s Hot is Teacher’s First Edge, a collection of links to the newest Web 2.0 tools available.

Dinosaur Math is an interesting lesson from the site for K-1 students. Students are given a worksheet and plastic dinosaurs. They count features of the dinosaur and create addition problems using the worksheet. The lesson can be completed individually or in groups. An interactive whiteboard and projector can be used to turn the worksheet into an interactive activity. Students might complete the worksheet at their desk as they take turns going to the board to complete the electronic worksheet. An electronic slide presentation is included as another alternative for use with the whiteboard. Students can use the slides to create the addition problems. The slides could also be printed, laminated and organized as a book to be used for remediation.

An example of a Teachers First professional resource is Rubrics to the Rescue. The article contains links that present an overview of rubrics: What are they? Why use them? How can students get involved in creating rubrics? Several examples of projects that use rubrics are presented for various subjects at all grade levels. Also included are links to online resources for creating rubrics.

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