2g – Summary & Evidence

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2g. Coach teachers in and model effective use of technology tools and resources to continuously assess student learning and technology literacy by applying a rich variety of formative and summative assessments aligned with content and student technology standards.

As teachers, we make adjustments to meet the needs of various learners based on various formative and summative assessments that are part of our daily routine in the classroom. Coaches can model techniques for assessing students as part of professional development but we do not often have the benefit of seeing our “students” on a regular basis. We do not always have data about their current skill levels before they come to a training so we have to rely on formative assessment done early in the PD session and make adjustments quickly.

As part of my Program Evaluation project we did a survey of our staff to learn what tools they wanted more Professional Development on. The more I think about that the more I think we may need to shift the focus of those questions. I have been thinking about an idea for quite some time about assessing teachers skills. My idea was to develop a self assessment of skills that teachers could use to identify areas of growth. It would focus more on questions like “How comfortable do you feel about teaching students to use search terms to help them target relevant research?” or “How comfortable are you teaching students to identify bias in both written and web based environments?”

When they completed the assessment it would automatically highlight courses, both online and in person, that they could choose in order to learn more about any skills they evaluated themselves as basic in. It would take a great deal of pre planning on the coaches part both to craft questions that ask staff to identify their competence on skills related to using technology as a part of their content teaching as well as designing courses to address those needs. It would allow us to personalize learning for teachers and possibly allow them to choose learning tracks that would lead them to mastery in particular topic area. I think it is a great way to model for teachers how assessments can be used to help create personalized learning experiences (Technology Can Make Learning Personal)  that meet the needs of their students.

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