Successful technology use measured by student learning on standards-based formative assessment

Standard Techn Infused Learning Formative Assessment

An easy way to measure how well technology helps scaffold the learning experience for students is to do a formative standards-based assessment after the learning experience. If you have told the students what you expected them to learn (what part of the standard) and you provided technology resources such as websites that they used to learn it, then you give them a standards-based formative assessment. If they do well on it (for example, 90% of the students can do it), then, very probably, the technology was beneficial. If they were not successful on the formative assessment (less than 90% could do it),then, very probably, the technology did not scaffold the learning for them.

I feel that the score only counts if you are measuring higher-level thinking skills. If you asked the students to use the Web to find the capitals of seven countries and they learned them, so what? However, if you asked the students to compare the two countries in terms of their future economic growth, then a formative test can assess the standard’s higher level thinking skills.

As educators we should be able to see a cause and effect in our classrooms. We did this or we had the students do this and therefore, the students learned this part of the standard.
So how effective is the technology use in your classroom? How do you know through formative assessments?

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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3 Responses to “Successful technology use measured by student learning on standards-based formative assessment”


  1. 1 Justin January 24, 2007 at 12:58 am

    I completely agree. Just as movies and television were thought to fundamentally change student learning, technology is only as beneficial as the teaching methods in which it is used. Simply making students use technology for the sake of using technology does not show any benefit in student learning.

    As educators we need to use technology to move towards higher level thinking by analyzing the information they can access from the internet and move towards the synthesis and creation of new knowledge and ideas from this. The use of podcasting and blogging is a great example of how we can allow students to use current technology to create knowledge and share this information with others.

  2. 2 hgtuttle January 24, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Justin,
    I like your emphasize on higher level thinking skills. I agree that podcasting and blogging can be a good tool to create knowledge and share this information. I’ve checked out some SS podcasts and the ones I’ve listened to so far are not higher level; they are retelling a textbook historical event in the students’ own words.
    Harry


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