that include actual artifacts of student
work provides triangulation of learning beyond the singular state test and
will expand and define patterns for
a more valid and accurate picture of
student success. Schools and districts
can provide quality evidence to show
where students are in their achievement of digital age skills, as opposed
to the attainment of basic facts and
skills that standardized tests assess.
Teachers as Knowledge Creators
Knowing how to use technology tools
does not necessarily support teachers
transitioning from traditional text-based products to the rigor of activities and media-based tools that develop information seekers, collaborators,
analyzers of credible sources, problem
solvers, and effective communicators.
Teachers need to create their own
digital works to understand the multiple skills associated with authoring
multimedia products, such as:
• Defining audience and purpose
• Documenting credible research
• Using elements of effective
• Writing rigorous and engaging
• Designing information and
• Editing audio, images, and videos
• Managing projects
Assessment for Learning
Over the past 10 years, I have conducted workshops and onsite evaluations that included digital products
and consulted on grant initiatives using the scoring guides in this article.
They are designed to support assessment for learning. Use them to:
• Elevate perspectives for using
• Shape achievement goals
• Identify strengths and weaknesses
• Set the stage for a multitude of skills
needed to develop successful learn-
ing environments in the digital age
I have also found that students who
have crafted serious pieces of work are
a lot less interested in “cluttering” up
their message when designing their
The student scoring guide tools and
collaborative processes enable leaders
to organize educators to develop more
rigorous student uses of technology.
And seeing achievement and learning
through the lens of student work is
informative, eye-opening, and fun.
Bernajean Porter is a featured speaker, workshop guide, and facilitator at national and international events who shares strategies for using technology to rediscover and accelerate joyful learning.
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