Step 8: Determine the Evaluation Parameters
Everybody may agree that evaluation is important in a technology-rich classroom. However two challenging questions should be answered:
1) What should we evaluate?
2) How to evaluate?
What should we evaluate?
Evaluation has to deal not only with the results but also with the procedures used to reach them. Some teachers may add the attitudes of the students as part of the elements to evaluate.
Your first source for determining the elements of any evaluation must be the skills identified in the curriculum available on the Ontario’s Ministry of Education website. You can also be inspired by the list and level of skills detailed in the Ontario skills passport. Other excellent links detail skills that can be elements of your evaluation:
- International society for technology standards (ISTE)
- National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET)
- The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
How to evaluate?
Evaluation can have many formats in a technology-rich classroom. It is usually recommended to combine more than one evaluation procedure (Heide & Henderson, 1996). Don’t forget that some ICT can help you to in the evaluation procedure (video recorder, spread sheets, etc.). Here are some evaluation tools to guide you:
Table 1 : Some evaluation tools with their pros and cons
|Tool||Description||Pros||Cons||Example of an ICT use|
Procedures used to obtain quantified
||Using video or audio recorder|
Students judging the quality of their
||Using blogs to edit an electronic journal|
Students individually assess each other's
||Using the projector to present the student’s work to his peers.|
A collection of work that represents the