My last post introduced the idea of the Digital Ocean. We have reached a point where we can digitally gather information from student activities while they learn, rather than use more artificial measures given at separate times to make inferences about students. (more…)
There continues to be ongoing discussion about valid and appropriate assessment of student learning (for example see here) and its use in school accountability (see here as part of the NCLB waivers discussion ). Most of this debate focuses on traditional views of assessment as decontextualized tasks delivered outside of the regular classroom process. This is differentiated from the more formative assessment done by teachers and parents that involves observations of performance in the context of daily learning activities. (more…)
A recent discussion between David K. Cohen of the University of Michigan and the Fordham Institute’s Chris Tessone used the term infrastructure. Cohen, in an earlier post on ShankarBlog (from the American Federation of Teachers’ Shankar Institute), argued that individual reforms such as the DCPS IMPACT teacher performance review system were insufficient to fix the system overall. (more…)
Across the nation educators and their technologists have been working to implement what is a seemingly simple information systems enhancement: linking the records for teachers with the records for students. This should seem to involve a matt of linking two different computer applications; a matter for programmers over a weekend. Linking teacher and student records should seem to be a matter for a couple of computer programmers on the weekend. Nothing could be further from the truth.