During my employment at the Victoria International School of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2014 – Present):
As a high-school Economics and Business Teacher:
Flipping my classroom using EduCanon.com really allowed me to improve my formative assessment practices. The data and statistics that EduCanon generates was very useful in informing my teaching and giving feedback to students!
As a middle-school Drama Teacher in an iPad classroom:
I have been advocating for the use of Book Creator on the iPad to allow students to build ePortfolios that document evidence of their growth and development as performing artists. Book Creator is great because it allows students to document all sorts of evidence: photos, videos, voice notes, using an annotation pen tool, and text! I love Book Creator!
During my employment at the Australian International Academy in Melbourne, Australia (2010 – 2014):
Assessment has been one of my main areas of growth throughout my teaching career. I have blogged a lot about my reflections on assessment as well as my experiences as an assessor (this is an example of such a reflection).
This was a blogpost in which I described my journey towards developing an ‘assessment framework’ for teaching MYP Drama in an iPad classroom.
I am also a big fan of differentiated assessment and assessing processes rather than just products, which is why I am a big fan of portfolios as an assessment tool. This was a blogpost in which I reflected on the use of iPads to differentiate my assessment practices and allow my students to create portfolios in my drama classes.
I believe my role as an assessor is not just to assess students’ work, but also to empower them with the tools to allow them to reflect on their work and be able to effectively assess themselves, which is why I published this blogpost about ongoing student reflection in the MYP, as well as this blogpost about capitalising on the benefits of student self-assessment.
Giving timely and specific feedback is a major cornerstone of my assessment approaches, and as an eLearning leader I always like to make use of ICT whenever possible, which is why I published this blogpost for Oxford University Press about how I use ICT tools to give high quality feedback.
I also make great use of Google Forms and Evernote as ICT tools that enhance my assessment practices, and I have published this blogpost about using Google Forms in my tablet classroom, as well as this blogpost about using Evernote.
Assessment is also embedded in many of my teaching strategies, especially formative assessment or assessment for learning. Below is a slide-show showing many of those teaching strategies: