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How to Formatively Assess STEM in any Classroom Today!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 32

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Elementary Tech Integrator
Elizabeth Forward School District
Anna teaches over 400 students from kindergarten to 5th grade each year computer science and computational thinking as an Elementary Technology Integrator at the Elizabeth Forward SD. She has presented at both local and international conferences about computational thinking and making over the past 5 years. She also sits on the Duquesne University Alumni Advisory Board and volunteers her time to help pre-service teachers prepare for their time in the classroom. In 2021, Anna received the Carnegie Science Center Award for "Most Inspiring Teacher." In addition to awards, Anna has written an Amazon book, "Capturing Creativity" with her colleague, Melissa Unger.

Session description

Educational robotics has become increasingly common in elementary classrooms and provides many benefits to young students, including increasing STEM learning, positive perceptions of STEM topics, and critical 21st century skills such as collaboration and troubleshooting. The construction of robots themselves requires students to interpret instructions as well as apply spatial reasoning skills, creativity, and problem solving. Yet it can often be challenging for teachers to determine how students are progressing in these skills, as robotics is a formative, project-based learning activity. In presentation, you will learn about a photo-journal and evaluation rubric as a method for elementary teachers to monitor student learning of robotic construction skills in a formative manner.

Additional Information

I have a chapter in the Formal Assessment journal of AECT coming out in December 2023. I am going to link the paper here:

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Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.