Evaluating Technology-Based Student Work

The teachers have pledged to incorporate more project-based, technology-infused learning activities in this year's assignments. Now we're struggling with how to evaluate this kind of assignment. What do you suggest?

The teachers probably use rubrics to evaluate student projects already. If not, this is a good time to introduce them.

If you have existing rubrics for projects, work with teachers to decide how to modify the rubric for the new assignments. Will students' technology skills themselves be evaluated, or is the technology use supposed to be transparent? The answer to this question will determine how much modification is required.

If teachers have not used rubrics frequently, it's time for grade levels or teaching teams to work together to develop tools that can be used across grade levels or content areas. There are many good resources on the Internet that explain rubric development and provide samples for technology-infused lessons. Start with the Assessment & Rubric Information links available on Kathy Schrock's Web site.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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