|A student is helping another reader in the class think about her response to the book titled Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. I loved capturing this student to student feedback.|
I captured this moment using the camera on my iPad and then imported it into Evernote (pg.93). Cathy Mere, who loves this digital workspace, came to our school last year to discuss the many features Evernote offers. I loved all the possiblities it offered so I started to use this tool to help me monitor my students' growth as readers and writers. I can have folders for each student or I can make a folder for a group of students.n I am not losing post-it notes or conference sheets and I don't have to add anything to a large binder. I can jot a little note along with a picture to capture students' thinking or reading habits, and I can quickly snap a picture of work samples. I can record a conference so I can reflect on my feedback to see if I am helping a student grow as a reader or writer. I love how this tool gives me flexibility to gather artifacts about a student's learning and keep them organized.
I really liked being able to take pictures of "TBR" piles so that I could conference with students about their reading life. We could have conversations about which books they loved, disliked, or abandoned and why? I could recommend a new book or series based on our conversations or I could talk to them about maybe recommending a book to a friend or to the class. Sometimes the students would want to blog about a book to share their thinking with a wider audience.
The only problem I had with Evernote was having a device to use everyday. Since we did not have 1 to 1 or BYOD I would find myself giving my teacher iPad to a student to use. I should have brought my computer to school or used my smart phone when my iPad was not available. However, I need to get a bigger smart phone so that it is easier to read and compose on. Next year we will have more devices so that should not be an issue. I want to try and use tags and the work chat feature to see how this will help me better meet students' needs. I look forward to using Evernote again and learning more about how to use this digital workspace to capture, gather, reflect, and share students' learning journeys.
My students used digital bulletin boards and Kidblog. These tools helped us connect/share our learning and it also helped me monitor and celebrate student progress. We used Padlet to record our thinking about our chapter book read aloud or to write our reading goals. It was so nice to have all the thinking on one page to quickly access during conferences. I could look back over my Evernote artifacts and read their Kidblog posts to see decisions students were making as learners. For example, in the beginning of the year Trey wrote about a baseball memory in his writing notebook. He got the idea from another writer in our classroom. In May when he was trying to think about a possible blog post he took this idea from his notebook and crafted a new post.
Our padlet we used to share our thinking about Edward Tulane in the beginning of the year during Global Read Aloud - http://padlet.com/tonyabu/blkabe4cibv
A Padlet with our reading goals - http://padlet.com/tonyabu/1171xp3gatyq
Next year I would like to use the following digital tools so that students and myself can assess how their learning is progressing throughout the year:
There is always so much to ponder over and reflect on before school starts, but I need to think about my overall goals for the year. "Just as in reading instruction, no one path or strategy will serve all students in all situations, so it's important to choose wisely based on your goals (pg. 97)." It is important that whatever tool/s I choose it will help me achieve my goals and to monitor how students are growing in literacy. I need to keep in mind that some of the tools will allow parents to be more involved in their child's learning journey. This will help connect our learning community to students' lives at home. I need to be explicit with parents when sharing how these digital tools fuel our literacy learning. "The key is having a plan with goals for communication that supports literacy in multiple ways and involves families as digital readers (pg. 108)."
Thursday, July 23, 2015
#CyberPD - Chapters 6 & 7: Assessing Literacy and Moving Beyond the Classroom Walls
Assessing Literacy and Moving Beyond the Classroom - Chapters 6 and 7
"The digital tools we use have not changed our beliefs about formative assessment. Rather they have given us better tools with which to monitor and encourage the journeys of our readers (pg. 90)."