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A living report: Using tech to share assessment with family/whānau

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 06 Mar 2012 11:42am () Replies (3)

I'd like to share this post that came through in the MLE Reference group, from Lesley Murrihy, Principal of Amesbury School, who describes how technology is helping her school provide a rich picture of students' progress in literacy/numeracy:

"We have developed matrices for reading, writing and maths (researched using a wide range of documents) which, when highlighted, give parents a visual as well as a more detailed (written) picture of where their child is at. We call these Amesbury standards, because they are our interpretation of the National Standards.

We will be offering this, via Google docs at present, as a "living" report for students, teachers and parents, which will be updated frequently - at least termly but, ideally, more frequently and will remain online, only printed off where necessary.

Linked to each indicator which is highlighted will be evidence (stored in the cloud) which shows achievement of that indicator by the student. Linked to indicators will also be an explanation of what achievement of that indicator would look like and links to websites and activities that students can do at home to assist with the achievement of that indicator.

Thus, the "living" report becomes a personalised homework programme enabling parents to support their child's learning in areas (indicators) that are clearly identified.

First and foremost, we plan to use this data to develop learning programmes that increasingly personalise the learning of students to meet their individual needs. Thus it serves multiple purposes of which reporting to parents is only one.

We are only just reaching the point of putting this in the cloud for parental access so I cannot provide you with any feedback from parents. However, this gives you an idea of how we hope to report to parents."

While she acknowledges that this is a work in progress, is your school doing anything similar? Do you have questions for Lesley?


  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 15 May 2012 9:36pm ()

    Hi there - Do you have an example to share?  Via a link or something?  Would be interested at looking at an example if you're able to share one.  Thanks

  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 28 May 2012 10:00am ()

    Had another thought...as an educator and as a mother who knows a little about National Standards - I decided to capture an assessment moment at home - short video clip of my daughter counting and adding using rākau...fits with the end of Year 1 Numeracy National Standard - then thought mmm now what if I take this to her teacher and say, "Here's a clip of my daughter counting and adding, what can you do with it, how can you use it?"

    Idea to share: Provide our families with more info about how the national standards/ngā whanaketanga work and provide some ideas about how they can capture assessment moments in the home or in any other activities they're involved in.  Does the evidence just have to be captured at school?

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