In the book Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World by Heidi Hayes-Jacobs she suggests that the first step that educators should take in integrating technology in teaching and learning is to change the assessment so that it includes the use of technology. Not only that it incorporates technology, but that it’s relevant for today’s world.
Start with changing the assessments – Her suggestion is to consider what “21st century social scientists, scientists, mathematicians, artists, writers, language specialists, musicians, and business men and women might produce…” To put this in place she suggests the following steps.
Step 1 – “Develop a pool of assessment”
Step 2 – “Teachers working with IT members, identify the existing types of software, hardware, and Internet-based capabilities in their school…” Suggestion for teachers to become comfortable with at least one new tool per semester.
Step 3 – “Replace a dated assessment with a modern one.”
Set aside a book report and replace it with a podcast, virtual literary tour, video or magazine book review.
Step 4 – “Share the assessment upgrades formally with colleagues and students.”
Step 5 – “Insert ongoing sessions for skill and assessment upgrades into the school calendar.”
There are some exciting options for assessment with the use of Infographics. This type of assessment can be used in any and all subject matters and the skills and knowledge that students learn are certainly 21st century. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few examples.
- Nancy Duarte, created an info graphic of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. The visual may not make sense, so you have to watch her video which explains her analysis of the speech. Imagine our students doing something similar withspeeches, poems, novels, etc.
- The members of our music department will enjoy this visual representation of the sonata form of Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
- The one entitled, Are you Vitamin D Deficient?is a great example for science. Notice that the creator looks at visually representing several different pieces of information in a variety of ways.
- Want to get away from the traditional timeline? Check out the The (Visual) Evolution of the Batmobile.
- Want to know how much CO2 is generated by different…?
To find more examples you can check out this Cool Cool Infograhics blog, Information is Beautiful or the 50 MOST STUNNING EXAMPLES OF DATA VISUALIZATION AND INFOGRAPHICS.
What do you think? Can you find places in your curriculum where this would be effective? What type of professional development will be needed to make this shift?