Or, is he? Is he likely to pass a driving test in a real motor vehicle? Probably not. Yet, that is exactly what will happen to thousands of students. The test is next year. Ok, technically, there is a test every year, but next year, the test goes digital. Yes, many classrooms have document cameras and projectors. That's technology. That counts, right? Or, the district had money and purchased interactive whiteboards. I'm sure that the teacher is wonderful at using technology. However, the digital test will require that our students use the technology. Digital testing requires digital learning.
Watch this video from ISTE 2014 about the digital test:
Whiteriver Unified School District is taking a unique approach to preparing students for the PARCC assessment. To give purpose and direction to the introduction of mobile technology, STEM units and Project-Based Learning are now driving training and instruction so that students are PARCC ready. Students will engage with the technology every day in their STEM units.
The activities selected in the STEM units have been created to replicate the released sample PARCC questions. The sample questions have been released so that teachers and curriculum developers and curriculum mappers will look at them. They are to help guide a teacher in how to shift their verbiage, writing prompts, or classroom assessments. They are not meant to be hidden; a surprise. So, let's explore some of them together.
"To get a true understanding of the range of rigor, item types and functionalities, users should try test items in more than just one grade, as each grade level does not have all item types. "
First, go to PARCConline.org . Click the For Educators tab at the top.
You will see helpful links on the left side, like Model Content Frameworks. We'll discuss that on another blog post. For now, look at New! Try out sample test questions:
Click on Try the Sample Test Items
Click the Sample Items Tab
Select your grade level on the left
As you work your way through the test, list some of the testing vocabulary that you see. For instance, the phrases "best supports that answer" and "the best evidence to Part A" come up frequently. As a teacher or parent, you can begin to use that verbiage in your everyday interactions with the students. In the writing portions, the phrase "cite your source" comes up often. You can adopt that phrase as your own, by saying it (or writing it) for journal entries and formal writing prompts.
February 5th is Digital Learning Day. Hopefully, our students experience digital learning everyday. Afterall, digital testing requires digital learning.