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Bye Bye Boring Tests: Using Student Creation for K-12 Assessment

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Liberty Ballroom, Marriott

Kristen Brooks   Cindy Herren  
Creativity is the premier skill innovative companies are looking for. Rethinking our assessments may help prepare students for their future. Learn how creative assessments can engage, motivate, empower and challenge your students and maximize active, deep learning. Many student examples, assessment tools and easy, free creation tools will be shared.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A laptop to access websites and resources will be necessary to access presentation, resources and student examples.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Too many students – especially those furthest from opportunity – are unprepared for the modern economy and the challenges of the 21st century. The purpose of this presentation is to challenge educators to rethink assessments and their intended outcomes. On traditional tests and quizzes, answers tend to be correct or incorrect. Research shows that students who measure high tend to always measure high, and the students who don't measure up tend to experience disappointment over and over. While quizzes and tests have their place in every learners experience, students also need opportunities to create through a process that has plans, mistakes, feedback and revisions along the way.
Participants will explore various examples of creative projects at several K-12 grade levels and in multiple subject areas.
Participants will explore various digital creation tools (Clips App, PicEdu, Keynote, Book Creator, Google Slides, Google Drawings, etc) and examples of student projects
Participants will compare traditional assessments to creative projects intended to show mastery of the same content.
Participants will explore a project based learning model
Participants will explore ways to assess creative projects
Participants will leave with all resources shared within the presentation
Models employed: Project based learning, creation as an assessment tool


(15 min) Introduction:
Introduce speakers, Objectives of session, Who's in the room?
Participants turn and share with a partner an example of content that they remember from a test or quiz that they took as a student. Share out
Participants turn and share with a partner an example of content that they remember from a project that they created in school. Share out.
Introduce the WHY of creation
Introduce the WHY of assessment
Share research related to both
(20 min) Share multiple examples of projects created by K-12 students used to demonstrate mastery
Examples will be aligned to Common Core, ISTE and/or CSTA standards and will demonstrate the use of a variety of creation tools
(10 min) Compare examples of a traditional assessment to a product created with the intent to show mastery of the same content. Participants will share what they know about the student by looking at both pieces and evaluate which gives more feedback to the student, intended audience and teacher
(10 min) Share example of a rubric that results in every project looking the same. Share ways to assess student work in a way that promotes a process that has plans, mistakes, feedback and revisions along the way.
(5 min) wrap-up questions etc.

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Kristen Brooks, Cherokee County School District

Kristen Brooks is a K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist, Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, PBS Digital Innovator and an Adobe Campus Leader. She has taught for 24 years with the last 15 years specifically in Educational Technology and created the first K5 Technology lab and K5 iPad Lab in her district. Her educational mantra for students is always to create more than you consume.

Cindy Herren, Cindy Herren

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