Assessment Technology in the Classroom: Which One(s) Should I Choose?

 

November 7, 2018

If I were to choose an educational technology tool for assessment (to begin with), my first choice would probably flip grid.

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We were introduced to Flipgrid as the first assignment in our EdTech class in order to introduce ourselves and explain our reason for joining the class. I was nervous at first sending in a video of myself, (because I hate being on camera) but after seeing that I could keep re-recording till I found a video that I felt comfortable with made me feel more at ease with this tool.

I would use it to have my students introduce themselves to me. As I am coming back to the classroom, mid-way through the year after my second maternity leave, I feel that this would be beneficial to me to get to know the students that I will be teaching. Since, they will have to re-introduce themselves all over (as if it is September again), I like how Flipgrid would allow for them to record an introduction that they felt comfortable sharing.

Most, if not all, the students already know me, since I am returning to the same school with some of the kids I had just before my leave, it will not be too new for me in regards to meeting them, but I will give me a better opportunity to introduce more technology into my classroom. I feel that by starting with Flipgrid I can incorporate more formative assessments as well as allowing for those who are not comfortable speaking up in class, or those who need more time to prepare an answer, to do so with this technology tool.

I plan to use the tool to answer questions possibly at the beginning, mid-way through and end of unit to see the growth of their answers. I could use it as an assessment for my teaching to ask the students how they feel about the material they are learning and what they like or would like to see change. I think I could even extend it to get to know parents and to have them voice their ideas about what their child is learning or any concerns they may have and use it as a way to connect with parents in between report card times as an addition to the ways I am connecting with them already.

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Pros:

  • Quick response time
  • Allows for student to think about questions and find answers that they are comfortable with before submitting it to the teacher
  • It would allow for parents who cannot come in person or call during hours that I am at school to voice their concerns, make comments
  • Short videos would push students to be concise and speak thoughtfully
  • It will notify the teacher when responses come in
  • Has a free version
  • Would teach a culture of respect for others ideas and opinions
  • Empowers student voice
  • Would be beneficial for the music class to have students perform for the camera in a more comfortable setting, instead of always in person
  • Could work well for listening to students read aloud (Daily 5 activity?)

 

Cons:

  • Class may not be mature enough to use it wisely
  • Accessibility to internet, camera and microphone is needed to access this tool
  • If I opened it to parents, it could turn into a place where parents complain or address too many minor issues that they wouldn’t have necessarily done so over the phone or in person
  • Students with any verbal disabilities may have troubles with expressing their thoughts
  • The extended version costs money and would depend on school/division to cover costs of this tool or the teacher themselves
  • It is directed towards high school and higher-level students and I teach middle years

Overall, I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages of this technology tool and feel that it would serve as a great formative tool, especially for someone who is attempting to integrate more technology into their own teaching repertoire.

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5 thoughts on “Assessment Technology in the Classroom: Which One(s) Should I Choose?

  1. I tried to use Flipgrid and found that many students were quite reticent to use the service as they were very shy and were hesitant to show themselves in front of a camera. Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I don’t particularly enjoy recording myself and then hearing myself afterwards. Did you notice any such reticence from your students? If so, how did you convince them to go ahead and use the tool?

    Thanks for the excellent blogpost!

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    1. I had thought of that as a possible con to this tool. I too, had trouble with the idea of recording myself for this class, but realized that it needed to be done and that I have to teach myself how to do things that are uncomfortable at times for my own educational growth. I haven’t used it yet with my students, as I am not back in the classroom till later, but I think I would use my own experience with this shyness and share it with my students, in order to help them to alleviate their own insecurities that hold them back. Thanks for the thought provoking comment!

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  2. Flipgrid has been a tricky one for me as well Sonja. I work in an Elementary school setting. As you elude to, applications with Flipgrid are not quite as intuitive with younger students, but certainly possible. It would just be a new skill to develop I suppose. It is definitely a tool that can support a flipped classroom, and help with fostering powerful learning outside the classroom!

    Like you, and others I’m sure, I have had some difficulty with the idea of putting recordings of myself online. Knowing my own discomfort, I can’t help but wonder if there are ethical considerations in using a tool like this with our students. If there is a real discomfort, I certainly see the need to have other options available.

    I can potentially see parents not being comfortable with this as well?

    Thanks for the post!

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  3. Glad to see that I’m not the only one that was more at ease when discovering that re-recording the personal intro was an option! Because of that, I could also see this being a good tool for students that aren’t particularly comfortable speaking in front of the class (somewhat similar to your idea regarding students in a music class). I also like that you mentioned that the “short videos would push students to be concise and speak thoughtfully”. Being concise is a valuable skill that isn’t addressed nearly enough.

    Great post!

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