Wikispaces Classroom: Formative Assessment

One of the most powerful things you can do as a teacher is personalize your students’ learning. We know it’s no easy feat, however, with class sizes making it difficult to differentiate and keep track of each student’s progress. In an effort to help you with this challenge we’ve built Wikispaces Classroom’s Formative Assessment feature.

As an organizer of your Classroom, you have an orange bar along the top of your wiki that students don’t. It easily allows you to access Members, Projects, Settings and Assessment.

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Formative Assessment

The first thing you’ll see when you click Assessment, is your Engagement page. Each of your students appears on the Engagement page, and you get an accurate and real-time reading of their activity on the wiki. You’ll be able to monitor their level of contribution, see whether they are reading or writing, and give them support when and where it’s needed. The graphs are constantly refreshing, so you can stay on track even in the middle of your lesson. Try it on your iPad. When you start your writing lesson, and dispatch your students to work on their research with each other, you can walk around the class and see their activity. Differentiation has never been easier.

Key

An easy key helps you read the engagement graph.

The circles next to each name help you quickly identify students who are extremely active, online doing moderate work, or not online at all. The graphs for each student highlight if they are online viewing a wiki (the thick green line), typing characters into a wiki (the thick black bars), or have recently saved a new page version (red dots). At a quick glance, you can see who in your class might be having a slow start and immediately provide the support or encouragement they need.

Close-Up Engagement

Follow your students’ engagement by student or project.

While seeing which students are active is good, being able to see specific work done by a student is even better. By clicking on the one of the red dots, you’ll pull up the actual page edit the student did, allowing you to see any deletions and insertions and gauge their understanding of the assignment. Directly from here, you can insert comments and discussion posts to encourage the student and provide feedback.

Edits

Click on the graph to view real-time page edits from students.

You can monitor engagement by user or by Project. By switching to Project View, you can glance at activity by each individual team, helping you spot check a struggling group and provide assistance. Use the Filter dropdown to choose a specific project quickly.

Projects

View engagement by projects.

In the near future we’ll add the ability to choose the time increment right up on top so you can decide at what level you’d like to assess your students. The more recent the assessment, the more formative your use of it can be. Looking back over time allows you and your students to prepare for summative assessments and parent/teacher and student-led conferences.

Best of all, our Formative Assessment feature works great on mobile devices, allowing you to track this information while on the go in your room, not shackled to your desk. We know 21st century educators are an active bunch, moving about their classrooms as students collaborate with each other. Now you can keep tabs on up-to-the-minute activity by keeping your tablet or phone on the Engagement page and noting if anyone needs your help.

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11 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Walsh
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your continued efforts to help educators! Wikispaces has been used by my colleagues and myself for several years now to house/share information, allow student discussions, create “units” of information to share with students or even “in-service” staff. This new program looks like it will substantially facilitate all of those efforts.

  2. wendy
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks Elizabeth! We appreciate your comments, and we think Classroom will be a perfect addition to your current set-up. Please let us know how it goes!

  3. Tom
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks indeed!

  4. Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I would like to create grammar practices and be able to track as many as 150 students who took the practice quizzes and know their grades. When several students keep making the same errors, like the wrong to,too,two or their,there,they’re, I want them to do extra practices and I want to be able to see their grade online. Are you creating anything like that for educators?

  5. Sarah
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I am using the wikispaces classroom for my school wiki. I am a teacher.

    I created a page called PD Day.
    On this page, I inserted a link called May 3rd [in the hope that it will create an editable page, which it did.]
    However, as soon as info is added to the May 3rd page, it shows up in the navigation bar. I don’t want it to show up in the navigation bar.
    I want people to be able to go to the PD Day page and click on the link on that page to get to the May 3rd page.

    I have tried to “edit navigation” but it does not let me, it simply shows the tag option and you can only click on ‘Done’…which is of No help at all. I can’t remove the widget either.

    So, I need to know how to remove the page from the navigation bar. So that it only shows up as a link on the PD Day page.

    I could use the other styles of wiki, i.e. the classic wiki or the wiki website however neither of these have an internal practical easy to use calendar like the wiki classroom does.

    Please help with this asap :)
    Thank you, you guys are doing an awesome job.

  6. wendy
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Hey Sarah, thanks for the kind words. You can “Edit Navigation” and get rid of “All Pages” by click the “x.” Then all of your pages won’t show up here like the example you’ve said. But then you’ll need to go into each individual page and “Tag” it with the category you’d like, and then add your tags. We’ll be posting a new blog how to do this this week– keep your eyes peeled! For more support, please email us in detail at help@wikispaces.com and we’re happy to help even more.

  7. Posted May 30, 2013 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Your support for formative assesment is a great addition to wikispaces.

    We have done research involving teachers in design and use of similar features over a long periode of time. We came up with a visualization of student activity that showed both wiki edits, new comments, and the use of labels. For us it was also important to show collaboration between students, e.g. how comments from peers and the teacher would result in revisions of a text.

    You can see our design and publications here:
    http://www.uv.uio.no/intermedia/english/research/projects/tweak/

    We think your software is great and we would like to stay in touch as we continue our research in this field!

  8. Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks Ingvill, we’ll take a look. By all means send us an email at help@wikispaces.com if there’s any way we can be of help.

  9. Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Any word when classrooms will be available for private label?

  10. wendy
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Michelle! Very soon, we’ve sent out an info email to all PL administrators to prepare them for it!

  11. Ricardo Cetz
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing that. I am a new teacher and you ideas are a great resource. I am doing that already in my class and my students love it.

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