It’s that time of year again in Australian Schools with mid year reports due.
Now that I have finished and sent mine through, I would like to share with you how I use video observations to help me with my assessment.
Taking video footage in the classroom is really easy now that we have it readily available on iPads, iPods, phones and cameras. I have found that since taking footage of my students it is so much easier to assess, and I feel a lot more confident in the evidence I have gathered to back up my assessment grade.
There are 2 ways I gather video assessment in the classroom:
I record using either my iPad or iPhone and keep this for assessment.
This is an example from my Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 classes tapping rhythms using their magic wands (pop sticks with foam stars glued to them) and pipe cleaner notation.
This example is from my Year 6/7 class playing their arrangement on their own coded music instrument apps in Hopscotch
I ask my students to record themselves, or a partner records them on their iPad.
The files are sent to me via Airdrop or Dropbox.
Sometimes we combine this footage in a Digital Portfolio using Book Creator or Explain Everything for parents to view.
This example is a Year 4/5 class creating a recorder portfolio.
Gathering video footage as evidence for assessment allows you
- the flexibility to assess in your own time rather than grading on the spot
- to view the students performance multiple times, especially helpful when there is more than one student in the performance
- to review your original assessment for final reporting grades
- to provide the evidence for parents if they question your assessment.
Are there activities that you can assess via video in your classroom?
Teach to transform!