The largest identified gap seems to be under the umbrella of assessment. Largely this gap has been addressed by the human element of the teacher. Peer and self-feedback are increasing in quantity and quality in many classrooms. How can the technology also be maximized to provide feedback. Thinking to the language learning app I studied earlier, Duolingo, feedback is available through underlined words in the text, as an option for a user if necessary. A writing program should be able to provide feedback for example, if at the end of a written work, all punctuation is absent. Perhaps a tips button could be activated for a mini-lesson on period placement. If all the words are nouns and verbs in a written document, could the computer be programmed to ask for increased detail of one of the nouns? ie. “I noticed you have a dog in your story. What are some special features about your dog?” etc. Having questions posed throughout the writing process by the program increases points of contact for the writer and may increase metacognitive thinking about their writing. Embedded assessment for learning, prompts the writer forward into areas such as a need for improved grammar, detail, descriptive writing, etc. If the program can provide some of this feedback, then the teacher could focus on greater content and organizational assessment and feedback.
Week 9 -Assignment 3- Need for Assessment
By kdurny on November 8, 2015