Today I stumbled upon an interesting blog that talked about an assessment app for an iphone/ipod http://thepegeek.com/2011/12/18/easy-assessment-app/. You should definitely check out the short video clip to see how this app actually works, and what it can do. Although not specifically intended for Phys Ed, this app could be used for every subject area and grade. Basically, teachers can create their own rubrics and record individual student progress on a variety of topics/concepts. The rubrics contain as many concepts as you want and follow a number scale (1-5 or 1-10) template. Below each rubric, there is space for additional notes and anecdotal observations ( see video for detailed explanation)
At first, I thought an assessment tool like this would be complicated to use and possibly unrealistic. I felt that relying on you iphone/ipod to mark students was somehow unprofessional. Although I am not completely sold on this kind of assessment, I do see several positive benefits. Teachers using this assessment app are able to record and upload pictures under each student assessment. In Phys Ed, students could demonstrate a skill, routine or game and the teacher could record and save that demonstration for future reference. These videos/pictures could be used to assess later, show parents and have students reflect on their progress from the beginning of the year. I think this aspect of the app is really neat and could benefit both students and teachers.
Although this is a unique style of assessment, I think it presents both positive and negative aspects. Personally, I can’t see myself using an app for assessment because I like to write things down to have tangible evidence of student learning. I thought this was a really interesting spin on assessment, and would love to hear your thoughts. Do you think that an app is a sufficient and beneficial tool for assessment?
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