Technology + Assessments
Technology has been and will continue to change various things within the education system. Technology has impacted on how assessments are given. In the past assessments were given on paper. Now we see more assessments being done using computers. The article describes various assessments used in different districts within the United States. I think it is important that educators are aware of the different assessments being used at other schools.
One type of test is the computer-based assessment. This usually requires students to have good computer skills. There are grade levels that assign students to type an essay during the assessment. This type of test wants to see the students’ knowledge through this assessment. The educators don’t want students to have difficulties using the computer while they are trying to demonstrate their knowledge through this assessment.
Another type of test is interactive assessments. The purpose of this assessment is to have students engaged. This test isn’t targeting the students’ motivation. The assessment is meant to show their abilities in the Common Core State Standards. An example the article mentions is if we want to figure out if students can edit text, we need to give them the opportunity to edit text and score his or her performance. Assessments that involve multiple choice usually don’t measure this way.
The last test the article mentioned was adaptive assessments. These are personalized assessments. Basically, if the student answers correctly the following question will be harder. There was a district that uses adaptive assessment in order to identify students who are having difficulties in a certain area at the beginning of the year. Assessments could be helpful in this way when used correctly. Schools must recognize what type of assessments would benefit their student population. Personally, I believe students shouldn’t just be assessed with one assessment but multiple ones. This will provide educators with more accurate data. I’m confident that we will continue to see changes in the area of assessments in the next few years.
One of the things I look forward to in the future is conducting parent-teacher conferences. I know that many of the things taught in my education program will help me be prepared for teaching but there are many other things that I will learn on my own when teaching. Yes, I might observe parent-teacher conferences during these years but in order to completely learn I must experience leading a parent-teacher conference. One of the things that is described within the article How to get the most out of a parent-teacher conference is how there is a lack of training for teachers on how to have good communication with parents. Yet, in one of my education classes in college I was told communication between the teacher and parents is crucial for the student’s success. I find this to be an area that definitely needs to be improved since it doesn’t just affect the teacher but their students too.
The article mentions how a student’s education is a shared responsibility between the teacher and the parents. One of the things that is often seen is parents just listening to the teacher during parent-teacher conferences. Parents play an important role in these conferences. Parents should share during this time what type of interests, activities, and clubs the student is involved in outside of school. A parent might think this type of information would be meaningless to a teacher but it can actually have a great impact on how the teacher instructs the student. For example, if a student loves to read about whales at home, the teacher can integrate this interest within their instruction. This can help increase participation within activities that the student can often find tedious. The teacher can also share tips on how to get the student involved and share access to resources that expand the student’s learning outside the classroom. Teachers should keep in mind that they shouldn’t just focus on academic performance. Many of the great things discussed in this article helped me have a better understanding of how a parent-teacher conference should include. There are still many amazing things I will learn through my education program and this is definitely one of the things I look forward on learning more about.