Over the last few days, I have spent a few introductory hours exploring a Minecraft world created using a MSU MinecraftEDU server. My previous experience involves watching students play Minecraft and listening to them talk about Minecraft, but I have never played myself. Below is a short screencast in which I introduce the greatest challenge that I faced during my first Minecraft experience. I’m looking forward to exploring Minecraft further and finding new ways to incorporate it and game-based learning in the classroom.
To illustrate the versatility of a simple digital tool like Google Forms in regards to assessment FOR learning, assessment AS learning and assessment OF learning, I have created the infographic below: Doing More with Google Forms.
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This week I have been tasked with beginning a draft of a formative assessment that I can use in my work as a Technology Integrator. The link below outlines the purpose for the assessment and how it will inform my work with educators while relating it to effective instructional design including the principles of Backward Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. This assessment was also influenced by several coaching and leadership models introduced to me in a coaching training this week. I’m very excited about executing the concepts of Laura Lipton, Bruce Wellman, Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard.
Growth Plan for Tech Integration (Formative Assessment Design Version 1.0)
This week I looked critically at an assessment genre that is typical of my context and discipline and applied it to my understandings of our readings on Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe as well as formative assessment to both explain and evaluate its validity. In the non-traditional role of technology integrator, I have identified formative feedback through conversation both digital and verbal as one of the most utilized assessments in my practice.
Critical Review: Conversation as Formative Assessment in Technology Integration