Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rebecca Huberty: Summative Assessment




3rd Grade Sun, Moon, Stars Unit 
Including a Formative Assessment

Standards Assessed:
3. Earth and Space Science
3. The Universe 1. The sun and moon have locations and movements that can be observed and described.
3.3.3.1.1 Observe and describe the daily and seasonal changes in the position of the sun and compare observations.
3.3.3.1.2 Recognize the pattern of apparent changes in the moon's shape and position.
2. Objects in the solar system as seen from Earth have various sizes and distinctive patterns of motion.
3.3.3.2.1 Demonstrate how a large light source at a great distance looks like a small light that is much closer. For example: Car headlights at a distance look small compared to when they are close.
3.3.3.2.2 Recognize that the Earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and that the moon orbits the Earth.

Project Description:
This is a 3rd Grade Unit of Study about the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  This unit was a student directed unit of study.  Students were allowed to choose partners and then as a partnership they chose which topic within Sun, Moon, and Stars they wanted to study. Students used the following resources to help them become the "expert" on their topic: Books, Videos, Websites, and Journals.  The following work is included in this unit of study:  Completion of Moodle Course including quizzes and assignments, Creation of a Prezi used to teach others about their topic.  Students were an integral part of creating this unit and all of the assignments and quizzes and badges within.  They drove the learning, informed on the types of assessments and assignments and created their own badges that they could earn as they worked through the unit.  

I chose this type of unit because I wanted to try a student directed learning unit where the students are driving their own learning and I am facilitating them. The students grabbed a hold of this unit and ran. I had it planned out one way and soon discovered that once they were given a taste of autonomy the unit took on a life of its' own.  I found that I had to keep up with them instead of them doing what I had planned.  I  also discovered that they had great ideas and wanted to learn more and set their own bars higher then I would have even considered.  It was a very fun unit to be a part of and I learned as much as they did!  Things I discovered:  I don't need to find every single resource for them.  They wanted to find their own and did!  Teach about assessment and then make them part of the decision on ways they can be assessed.  I discovered that they had more buy in when you give them more ownership.  Provide choices...they love it.  Find ways they can be creative; if it is in how they discover resources, types of assignments and assessments, or the creation of their own badges let them have choices and be part of the decision making process. 

Authenticity:  This form of assessment is inherently authentic.  My students created the criteria or expectations required in order to receive their badges.  They decided that they did not want them to be digital at all.  They wanted to design them and place them on their folders, take them home to hang on their fridges ect.  So I went with what they wanted it!  It was a great choice for their learning.  They could receiving the following badges:  Quiz Badge, Note taking badge, Assignment badges, Prezi badge.  

Quiz Badge:  
Pass with 90% or better in 3 tries

Assignment Badge: (can view these assignments in the Sun, Moon, Stars Moodle Link)
Accurate
Neat
Creative

Note taking Badge:
Readable
Important Information
Documentation of where information came from
Multiple Sources

Prezi Badge:
1.  No background music because it take away from presenters
2.  1-2 videos and they need to enhance the presentation
3.  7-10 minutes presentations
4. Images need to be explained and must enhance the presentation
5. Videos need to be introduced prior to showing them with the following info given
  • description of the video
  • what to look for in the video
6. Time for questions at the end


What is Moodle?

This link will take you to a variety of free Moodle lessons.  Please watch this initial video to learn more about what Moodle is.  All I can say it that my students really enjoy learning through a course set up in Moodle.



This is the the format that I used to deliver resources, assignments, and assessments.  Students completed these to earn a variety of badges.  

Sun, Moon, Stars Moodle
http://lms.edinaschools.org/course/view.php?id=738

This link will take you to the Moodle Quizzes.  Students received a badge for getting 90% or better on their quiz in 3 tries.  They also received a badge for completing their Moodle assignments.

What is  a Prezi?

This video will tell you what Prezi is and how to use it.  I purchased a classroom license. I taught the students the basics and then let them explore.  Soon they were wanted to insert music backgrounds, videos galore along with a huge variety of images and text.  I found that I had to set up some criteria to help them move forward in creating a teaching presentation.  We gathered as a class and defined criteria our prezi's needed to have and be limited to in order to use it as a teaching tool.  Students decided on the following criteria:
1.  No background music because it take away from presenters
2.  1-2 videos and they need to enhance the presentation
3.  7-10 minutes presentations
4. Images need to be explained and must enhance the presentation
5. Videos need to be introduced prior to showing them with the following info given
  • description of the video
  • what to look for in the video
6. Time for questions at the end

As we were talking, we decided these would be great criteria for our last badge, the presentation badge.  Below are prezi presentations made from students across a variety of ability levels.







What are Digital Academic Badges?


Information about creating digital badges


Information about creating digital badges on Moodle

This is a link to a video and blog about the advantages of badging.  

http://edinatech.blogspot.com/2014/03/maybe-we-do-need-some-stinkin-badges.html

This is a link to a site to create badges digitally.
https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/etil-academycadre/resources-1/digital-badges






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