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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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