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Using Google Docs for Assessment & Evaluation

Lots of East Lothian pupils and teachers now have access to an EduBuzz Google Apps account. This brings the power of Google’s email, docs, sites and calendars into the classroom. Robert Virtue from the CDT Department at Musselburgh Grammar School has kindly shared how they are making use of these tools with their pupils.

What have you been doing?

We are in the process of introducing online assessment and evaluation using google docs. Staff invite their classes to view their own web pages where course work, examples of work, tests and evaluations are kept. All pupils work is saved in jpeg format and uploaded to their personal web pages. Staff can access these sites to moderate pupils performance.

In what ways does this practice relate to Curriculum for Excellence?

Evidence of literacy can be gathered for all work through the online evaluation. Pupil engagement and high interest, along with good use of ICT through use of internet searching, digital cameras, blogging software, as well as being introduced to a range of computer packages which include Photoshop – Inventor – Google Docs and Comic life. Collaborative work and working with others is evident in all stages of this initiative.

What were the reasons for doing this?

To educate pupils in a way that will enable them to make informed decisions regarding applying a range of skills, processes to their work in order to have maximum success and fulfilment. To try to encourage pupils to produce high quality work, work with others, use ICT with confidence and write extended answers whilst evaluating their project work.

What has happened as a result?

A huge improvement in class engagement and a major increase in productivity and pupil performance during these tasks

What would you do differently next time?

It still in its early stages but I would increase the length of the class tests to fully examine pupil performance.

A huge thank you to Robert, and the MGS CDT Department, for sharing this. If you don’t yet have an EduBuzz Google Apps account, but would like one – email David Gilmour.

If you’ve got anything you would be happy to share, download the form and email it to curriculumforexcellence@eastlothian.gov.uk

David Gilmour the innovator

If you don’t know who David Gilmour is, he’s a key member of East Lothian’s Education ICT team and has played an integral role in EduBuzz, and now Glow in the authority. His thoughts have recently been featured in the innovator series on Merlin John Onlineclick here to view the article.

East Lothian teachers might be particularly interested in reading this as it provides an interesting insight into the ideas underpinning EduBuzz & Glow in East Lothian.

Blogging as free CPD for teachers

East Lothian has been at the forefront of using blogging in Education. Lots of teachers and pupils are now using the EduBuzz WordPress system to support learning in the classroom. It is important to remember however that blogging can also be a powerful learning tool for teachers.

I came across a great example of this at the weekend. Stephanie Disbury is a Maths Teacher at Thurso High School who is using her blog to record her own learning journey. Not only does this benefit Stephanie, it can also provide a fascinating insight into the thoughts of a colleague 280 miles away. This is fantastic, affordable CPD for both of us! Take her recent post on assessment for example. This was clearly a critical incident for Stephanie – but it is also very useful for her readers to develop their own ideas on the future of assessment under Curriculum for Excellence. It’s well worth a read.

There are lots of other fantastic blogs out there. A good place to start is ScotEduBlogs – anyone who is anyone with a Blog in Scotland adds it to this free website. You can then get an RSS feed from this site which will let you know when a new post has been added to any blog listed!

ICT Education Newsletter

The latest edition of the East Lothian ICT Education Newsletter has been released. You can download it by clicking on the image above.

I’d like to draw your attention in particular to David Gilmour’s article ‘Horses for Courses: Choosing on-line learning tools in East Lothian schools’. Lots of teachers in East Lothian want to know how EduBuzz and Glow fit together and where we’re going in East Lothian. David has done a great job of explaning this here.