Archive for December, 2011

This is a book project that I constructed for EDRD 6530.  Its based on the book Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife.  I’ve attempted to create a project that is inclusive of different student interests and strengths.  The students are given a great amount of flexibility for their final product with specific expectations.

EDRD 6530- Book Project


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Advances in technology continually provide new opportunities for learning experiences in the classroom. It is an important responsibility of the teacher to be aware of new technologies and what is available for them to use. Among the new technologies available to teachers today are web-based testing, automated scoring, Google documents, survey sites, access to grades and projects online, and assessment assistance websites for rubric creation. Technological proficiency is becoming an important part of any school curriculum. As students gain access to more computers in the classroom, the dynamics of the classroom change with the integration of new technologies. Assessment is effected specifically through a change in the way information is collected. With summative assessments, student work is graded by a program and the scores are reported with suggestions for improvement. With formative assessment, teachers are given extra opportunities to check student comprehension through the use of survey programs and others that assess student understanding in a fun, engaging way. As Shermis and DiVesta (2011) write, specifically about technology’s effect on assessment, “One of the advantages of using computer-based technologies is that they, unlike large-scale standardized tests, are easily amenable to classroom adaptation. The challenge is simply trying to keep abreast of all of the innovations that can help you perform assessments” (Kindle Locations 6613-6615).

Shermis, M. & DiVesta, F. (2011). Classroom Assessment in Action. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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