With students stuck in the world of technology both in school and out of school, it is important to provide them opportunities to disconnect from their cell phones and the world of resistive and capacitive illuminated screens. Equally important to allowing time to disconnect, is allowing time to stay connected and demonstrated knowledge and understanding using the mediums students are most comfortable.

As I was reading the article, 8 Smart Ways to teach Current Events in the Classroom in 2017, by Kim Moran for We Are Teachers, I was inspired to take a closer look at using technology to provide students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and show off their abilities.

We Are Teachers suggests using Podcasts as a method of assessment in place of research projects.  7. Create podcasts instead of research projects:When kids hear they must do a research project, they groan. The work can feel overwhelming from identifying a topic to writing a long paper with sources. Instead of going the traditional route, try a more current use of technology by having kids research current events in order to create a podcast for their technology class. This is one project that covers all content areas and brings them together under one roof. Students listen to podcasts designed for kids like Brains On! And Buy Why? Then they find a current event, research it just enough to write a script, record the podcast in GarageBand (found free on all Macs), and export it to an MP4. If the podcasts are uploaded to one location, both kids and parents can enjoy and learn from them. This article has more on doing podcasting projects with your students.”

More ideas using technology as an alternate assessment:

  1. Google Forms
  2. Google Classroom
  3. Twitter in the Classroom
  4. Vocabulary.com
  5. Newsela
  6. iMovie
  7. Wiki Spaces
  8. Moodle – Open Source Learning Platform
  9. Schoology Online Classroom and Discussion Boards
  10. Cartoon Making Tools for Teachers
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