Loving the iPad for Assessment!

Oh how I LOVE the iPad for assessment purposes!  It makes documenting student learning simple and accessible.

For the past few days we have identified qualities of fiction and nonfiction text.  We have documented nonfiction features and their purposes and discussed the qualities of fiction. As we get ready to move on to our next area of study, I wanted to document which students could identify fiction and nonfiction text and sort them into the appropriate category.

I asked students to select 3 fiction texts and 3 nonfiction text and to arrange them into groups at their table seats.  Then students were to use their iPad to take a photo of their sorts and email it to me.

Each child included their name as the “subject” of the email so I could easily locate the work at a later time.

Of course, while they were sorting texts of their choosing, I still went around and took observational notes and conferred with children as they worked.  But as I traveled around from student to student, the iPad photo documentation gave me tons of flexibility to interact deeply with children as I moved about.  There was not the pressure that I often feel  to get to each child and jot notes about their actions because I knew I could look at their work a bit later.

Additionally, these photos will provide a more concrete representation of what children know and are able to do when I share this information with their families!  Whereas previously, students would have to clean up their book sorts at the end of the day, now I can archive their learning and reference it as needed throughout the year.

Wow!  Who thought documenting student learning could be so easy and fun?


About Kristin

Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. A first grade teacher in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She inspires educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. To learn more about her work follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.
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