Assessment in the Palm of Your Handby: Melissa Koch and Michelle Sackman

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Project WHIRL, a three-year-grant from the National Science Foundation, enabled researchers from SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning to collaborate with fourth- through ninth-grade teachers to create new assessments for science classrooms. The assessments rely on teacher-designed software that runs on handheld computers, and were developed by teachers participating in extended professional development on how to create effective formative assessment activities.

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  • on Fri May 20, 2011 8:38 AM

The interesting thing about this article is how teachers collaborated with other teachers, a researcher and a software engineer to interpret the science standards and identify grade-level goals for their students. The authors present an exciting use of technology with student hand-held computers. It’s exciting to read how these teachers and researchers developed three software programs—Boomerang, Sketchy and /Data Doers-- for students to use that identify and build on students’ prior knowledge and foster formative assessment for a deeper understanding.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)

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