21st Century Methods of AssessmentSunday, 24 May 2015
It can be hard as an English teacher to break away from that literary essay, even though we dread marking them. It's ingrained in us to think that written analysis is the best way to gauge how much our students have learned about a text. Those who espouse the importance of 21st century learning, however, suggest that there are many ways to skin that literary cat. In fact, they believe that we should be finding other ways for our students to express their learning, ones that focus on creativity, innovation and digital literacy.
For example, they can adopt the persona of one of their characters and create an Instagram or Facebook account that would be one the character would create. The images chosen and their accompanying text can demonstrate the student's understanding of character development, just as much as an essay can. So can a blog that is written by the character. And it's much more fun to mark.
Now don't get me wrong. My students will still write essays. They will just write fewer of them. And I think, by engaging them in an activity that they will find interesting, more of them will actually learn, rather than just going through the motions. It's an experiment, and one I'm going to have fun conducting!
21st Century Activities for Any Text. The activities are designed such that the kids don't actually have to be using the social media platforms online. Instead, they use powerpoint templates that replicate them.
Focusing on learning how to learn in secondary English classes.