Assessment in Our Web 2.0 World – Region 10 Technology Conference

Wes Fryer – all of the resources in the presentation can be found at Wes’ wiki: Teach Digital

Kids are bored in school because teachers follow their instructional “recipes” to the letter and never branch out and experiment. Tools we have today can help us vary “the menu” to make instruction a little more exciting.

Assessment helps us determine the value of learning. Traditionally the teacher determines the value. Today Google is creating an authentic e-portfolio for everyone. Wes presents the idea that we should be helping students create things that are posted on the web, so that when future employers Google their names, they will find samples of their work.

Using web 2.0 tools helps a teacher look directly into the mind of the student to see what they know and don’t know.

Wes played the video I posted earlier this week, Learning to Change, and we had a brief discussion to help us process it. Although he admitted that the ideas presented might be “pie in the sky” we have to do what we can to move ourselves forward. He offers a summer of professional learning on his wiki – Teach Digital.

Learning is still about high expectations, but also about differentiation and blended learning. When looking at using technology, decide if the tool makes the learning interactive and asynchronous.

Some tools that can be used:

  • Find a tool that lets you tell a story online. Voicethread is one example. When we ask students to explain their learning in their own words, powerful things can happen.
  • Allan Levine’s site – 50 Web 2.0 ways to tell a story (
  • Google Notebook should be used for Internet research to help kids keep track of web addresses (check acceptable use policy for minimum age to have a Google account)
  • Xtimeline – designed to create timelines with links and images
  • Open web publishing – Google yourself and encourage students to Google themselves
  • Polleverywhere allows text message voting
  • Kids have phones, phones are powerful, we don’t have enought classtime – figure out a why to use them

Teachers are leaders and inventors and have influence. Use some of this stuff and encourage others to do the same.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. — Albert Einstein

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