Assessing a technology rich project may seem daunting at first. Many times, these projects are in a format that can’t be printed such as a movies or even a digital bulletin board (see the article 5 Web 2.0 Tools to Create Online Sticky Notes). With a little planning on the front end, you will be able to assess not only the curricular content, but other aspects such as use of technology and creativity.
One of the best methods is to create a rubric before the project starts. First, start with the outcomes in your curriculum that the students must learn. For example, students will discern main characters and the plot of a novel or outline the impact of a historical figure on our society. Write these down, preferable in a spreadsheet. Once you have the curricular outcomes listed, take a look at other project components, including the use of technology. Use specific criteria whenever possible. For example, “Use 8 to 10 images in your project” and “Use at least 10 digital sticky notes.” List these criteria below your curricular outcomes. Then, include one or more criteria to allow for the wow-factor. These will be more subjective but will let your students’ creativity shine.
When you are done with your list, create a rubric to help you assess all of these components. Print out two copies for each student; give one to the student and you keep one. When you are grading the project, take your paper copy of the rubric and mark it as you are exploring their digital project. Now you have a hard copy of the assessment which can be passed back to the student.
Below is a sample rubric.