Assessment Technology

Technology is vital that we all know. However, during the pandemic, we educators got to know technology is divine. Assessment is a meaningful way to measure students learning. There are many ways a student can be assessed. Assessment is a broad term that encompasses all actions that teachers and students engage in to retrieve information that can be used to evaluate and change teaching and learning at the end of a given time period (Timmis et al., 2016). In person, a teacher can track students activities or provide meaningful feedback. In digital assessment, a teacher also can monitor the student. There are two ways of assessment, one is formative, and another one is summative.

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Formative assessment is a means for determining how the learning is taking place toward meeting some end goal. Alternatively, the final outcome of a learning intervention is measured through summative assessment. As I mentioned in another post that I had no idea taking online classes before the pandemic. Therefore, I also did not assess my students digitally. And it is not that much time that we get introduced to these. My school board introduced us to a limited number of technology tools that we were allowed to use. Seesaw, google classroom mainly were used by us. Though it was a struggle at the beginning for both teachers and students. But slowly and steadily, we adapted ed-tech. It has been a critical solution that has proved to be a lifeline to many schools, including ours and enabled them to continue teaching remotely.

Another critical factor that I noticed was the relationship build up teacher-student-parent. The parent had more visual or audial knowledge about their children, leading to more interaction between teacher and parent. “Through tutorial videos and audio feedback, parents gain a better understanding of teaching methods used in-class, and this empowers parents to play a more active role in their children’s learning. Research from the education endowment foundation indicates that parental or guardian support is a really important factor with student attainment, so anything which enables this involvement is vital” (Chohan, 2021). We cannot overlook the guardian support or involvement.

As I had minimal knowledge about the assessment tools beginning the class. I got introduced to so many new devices from Ed 833 class that I really admire. During the class time we also had a chance to discuss about the tools and the importance of having them in class. Also, we could look more deeply into it.

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  1. Parent involvement is crucial. At the secondary level, it was difficult to engage students in some cases, and in many of those cases the parent/guardian was at a loss as well. Parents/guardians were often balancing working (either from or away from home) with the added pressure of making sure that their children are attending and participating in online learning. It was a huge ask of parents, and while some stepped up to the plate, others were left feeling helpless and frustrated.

    How did you find parent involvement during remote learning?

    1. Thank ypu so much, Michael. I actually focused on my experience. I totally forgot about upper-grade level students parents. It is true, when you deal secondary level students it is not easy at all. In my case I was happy that the parents were helping and interacting me all the time which helped me even more to track my students.

  2. My school division also similarly focused on Seesaw and Google Classroom during the pandemic. I wonder if that would have looked different had remote learning/the use of more technology been proactively planned for?

    Fahmida, thank you for expanding the conversation to include parents too. I did language arts lessons and math talks over Zoom for two weeks in April. Many parents were either beside their child or just around the corner, able to hear and even view our routines. This made me very nervous because I feared their judgement. I actually had a few parents thank me for my patience after they got a look into today’s diverse classes. Why didn’t I view this as an opportunity to build stronger relationships with parents? Similar to the quote you shared, Fullan (2016, p. 158) states, “The closer the parent is to the education of the child, the greater the impact on child development and educational achievement.” Coleman’s (1998; as cited in Fullan, 2016) stresses the power of three: parent, student, and teacher collaboration. Relationships truly are the key in education.
    And to answer Mike’s question a little bit more, I found my students’ parents went above and beyond to adjust their schedules in order to get their child on a device to join our Zooms. However, there was not the same level of engagement or commitment to completing the assignments I posted on Seesaw.

    Fullan, (2016). The new meaning of educational change (5th ed.). Teachers College Press.

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