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Not Your Usual Arts Assessments! Make Them Creative, Collaborative, Interactive and Authentic!

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Friday, December 4, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Susan Basalik  
Regardless of the educational environment, your students' projects and performances are creative and authentic. Shouldn't our assessments be the same? Adapting Chrome apps, games, and digital portfolios to create assessment tools that are useful in any learning environment provides creative, collaborative, interactive, and authentic experiences for your students and you.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to Google Apps for Education accounts is helpful, but not necessary.
Access to FlipGrid account is helpful, but not necessary.
Access to Kahoot or Quizziz account is helpful, but not necessary.

Presentation designed to be web-based; can be accessed by a variety of platforms.

Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Music, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose of this session:
To demonstrate to other educators how to create assessments that are creative, collaborative, interactive, and authentic using a variety of technological means.
Objectives of this session:
Participants will learn how to use, adapt, and create a variety of items that can be used to create authentic assessments tools.
The challenge:
My students need to learn a variety of strategies in order to enjoy continued growth in musical instrument performance skills. Many of my students do not have the financial means to study music outside of school. I have adapted and created a variety of technological tools to help my students improve their skills. In order to authentically assess my students' growth, I've developed a set of assessment tools that have been used successfully in my classes.
Technology tools that I've adapted/used:
Google Docs: used to create collaborative assessment tools for my students to share reflections with each other as well as with me.
Google Forms: used to create surveys, upload performances, create quizzes.
Google Slides: I've used Slides to create interactive games and quizzes, as well as demonstration instruments, all of which have been used for assessments. My students have used Slides to create presentations to teach skills to younger students. Student-created Slides projects are an easy way to view authentic assessments.
Google Sites: Using Sites as a means of creating digital portfolios. This project will be implemented this school year.
FlipGrid: Students are using FlipGrid as a means of self-assessment and assessment of each other.
EdPuzzle: Students are using EdPuzzle to review and assess instrument skills.
Kahoot and Quizziz: Used to create quizzes to assess student learning.
Pear Deck: Will using this platform this year as an additional means of assessment. I'll be creating my own materials that will be relevant to my content area to use with this platform.

Evidence of Success: As a result of using a combination of creative and authentic assessments, my students gave three successful performances last year. 92% of my students experienced at least two levels of growth on our summative assessment for last school year.

Please note: Although I have previously given this presentation, I will be able to add more information about using digital portfolios as an assessment tool to this presentation.

Please click the links below for Google Slides presentations on this topic and on work that I have done with Chrome apps related to this topic.

Supporting research Assessment in Music-A Practioner Introduction to Assessing Students. J. Dennis, author.
Using Technology to Assess in the Music Classroom. L. Dunbar, author.
Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity. S. Watson, author, Oxford Press.

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Susan Basalik, Methacton School District

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