Strategies for Assessing Students in Any Environment

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Carl Hooker  
Many test questions can be easily searched on Google. How do we create assessments that are "non-googleable" and that can be delivered online or in-person? Explore different assessment types, tools and strategies for your classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All will be web-based.
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.
  • Use assessment data to guide progress and communicate with students, parents and education stakeholders to build student self-direction.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We need to rethink the way we assess learning. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's that teachers can no longer be the fountain of all knowledge and that learning needs to take place even outside of the classroom. A big part of that learning is assessment. There are many great tools out there to help with formative and summative assessment, but in this session, we'll dig deeper into strategies to insure proper evaluation of learning beyond a multiple choice quiz.


5 Minutes - Intro and definitions
10 Minutes - Synchronous assessment
10 minutes - using polls as assessment
10 minutes - Gamified assessment
15 minutes - Asynchronous and Group Assessment
10 minutes - Wrap up and sharing best practices.

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Carl Hooker, HookerTech LLC

Carl Hooker has been part of the educational shift that includes technology integration since becoming an educator. During his 22 years in education, he’s been a teacher, virtualization coordinator and director of innovation, always focused on ensuring students drive their own learning. As director of innovation and digital learning at Eanes Independent School District in Texas, Hooker helped spearhead the launch of the Learning & Engaging Through Access & Personalization program (LEAP), which put 1:1 iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8,000-student district. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise and humor make him a driving force for this change. Hooker is the author of a six-book series for ISTE titled Mobile Learning Mindset. The books focus on each education stakeholder and the role they play in a successful mobile learning initiative. He also recently launched a self-paced online course called “The Remote Learning Coach.” In addition to his work as an author and district leader, Hooker is also a keynote speaker and consultant through his company HookerTech LLC, and an adviser to edtech startup companies. He’s been named Tech & Learning Magazine’s Leader of the Year, and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. He’s also the host of ISTE’s “Learning Unleashed” podcast and Future Ready’s “UnDisrupted” Podcast.

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