Digitize That Data!

“It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.” Keith Krueger, Education Technologist

It’s time for Hack #5 in Starr Sackstein’s book titled Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless. This hack is all about streamlining the collection of data via technology such as Google forms (or maybe even your learning management system), and then actually using the data to inform instruction and to ensure students understand where they’re at with meeting their targets. Time is always the biggest barrier because there’s so much to do, and this is one opportunity to save time up front and in the long run.

In my opinion, what’s key with this hack, is knowing what data you’re collecting. Hopefully your school has a school improvement plan with predetermined metrics you’ve all agreed to. If not, you should be working through this with your peers and leadership to agree on what data you should be collecting. With Google forms, data collection and sharing has become significantly easier for teachers.

Another great way to digitize the learning in your classroom is to create a Twitter hashtag for your class to use throughout the year. Let’s keep this discussion going on Twitter at #hackingassessment!

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Author: chadmaxa

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