Welcome to Social Media in the Classroom – Part 4! Let’s take a look at assessment. Although using social networks in your curriculum definitely has the cool factor, you need to assess your technology integration strategies to make sure you are meeting your goals. In addition, administrators will be more likely to be on board with social networks in the classroom if you can show proof that it is a successful strategy.
To begin with, you need a way to assess student work conducted within a social network. This is actually quite easy to do with a rubric. Include basic requirements such as the number of posts, replies and length requirements. For example:
Students must post one thoughtful original post 200 words or more and reply to two other posts with 50 words or more in each response. Correct grammar and spelling are required.
Also include instructions to express the quality and direction of the content. For example:
In your post, you are a character in the novel. You must remain in character and refer to your character traits in your posts and replies. Your posts must reveal thoughts or conversations your character has that are not in the novel. This will reveal your true understanding of your character.
Now, put your main assessment criteria in a rubric and you are ready to go. Many online tools help teachers build rubrics; just search rubric builder on the internet and you will find several good choices.
Self-reflection on your lessons is another important activity when incorporating social networks into your classroom. A key part of your evaluation should include student surveys. One reason to use social networks in schools is to spark student engagement. Did it work? You’ll only know if you ask. You can create free surveys on sites such as SurveyMonkey which will give you great insight into your students’ thoughts.
How do you assess lessons which include social media? Please post your thoughts below and thank you for reading the educational technology blog Teach Amazing!