Essential Questions for this session:
  • What is Authentic Assessment?
  • Why do we use technology in the classroom?

Activity 1: In groups, read one of the articles listed below and discuss the key concepts.
  1. Rigor Redefined
  2. K12 Horizon Report 2010
  3. Curriculum-Based Reform: An Eye on the Future
  4. 21st Century Assessment
  5. Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Education and Competitiveness
  6. Importance of Collaborative Assessment in a 21st Century Classroom
  7. 21st Century Fluencies
  8. Beyond Technology
  9. NAIS Guide to Becoming a School of the Future
  10. Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future (intro: Start with Big Concepts; Follow with Facts)
  11. 20:20 Forecast (and .pdf overview)
  12. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
  13. World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others
  14. ISTE Unveils New Standards for Teachers
  15. The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative
  16. Orchestrating the Media Collage, J.Ohler.pdf

Activity 2: Watch and explore these examples of networked learning and discuss:
  • How is this different from the learning that may be happening in our schools?
  • What skills/understandings are these learners developing in this context? How do these skills apply to the articles you read?

A. Authors
B. Designers
C. Architects
D. Athletes
E. Technical Writers

Activity 3: In your groups, develop a definition for Authentic Assessment and present it in:
  • Twitter-style: 140 characters or less! Share your statement in the discussion tab
  • Visualized: a collaborative image that represents your definition. Take a picture and upload to Flickr for embedding here.

Discussion Notes:
  • Teachers are locked in due to curriculum/standardized testing/universities
  • not enough creativity
  • lack of freedom
  • passion
  • community of learners
  • authentic - know they're successful themselves
  • intrinsically motivated
  • structures of school hinder these opportunities (tests, grading, etc)
  • self-educating
  • sets it's own rules
  • self-editing
  • authors
  • self-creating environment
  • based on stage not age
  • formative self-assessment through playing
  • summative self-assessment through loosing
  • generic skills are what we should be assessing, common themes (what are they?)
  • collaboration
  • free
  • genuine
  • recording the real world
  • world is changing
  • real impetus & legacy
  • assessment level through external source (google sketch up)
  • imagination
  • creativity