A while back I heard an educator comment, “if you went back 100 years, the only thing you’d recognize is a classroom.” I am not sure if I agree that this is the case in all schools, but many teachers are adopting current technologies in the quest to engage the 21st century learner and meet him or her on common digital turf.
What I have heard educators say on many occasions is that we need to prepare the next generation of learners. While I agree that we want to achieve this goal, I am not certain that our practices reflect it –- and no area is more obviously lacking than that of assessment. Students are immersed in current technologies and teachers are not far behind, at least when it comes to personal handheld devices.
The big question is: How do we capture and harness the power of digital technology in the area of assessment? Continue reading