Assessing by Presentations

Education & Technology learning Teaching Online

Assessing by presentations mirrors real life situations. In today’s world, most positions require high performance and effective presentation skills. Being good at presenting is an art that can be developed from a very early age.

Technology may facilitate instruction and learning, but who’s doing the learning? In many cases, teachers are more active in the classroom than the students. Teaching certainly provides many opportunities to learn. Why not flip the classroom by allowing students to do the teaching?

Teaching as Way to Learn

Children are natural teachers. Children from a very early age enjoy sharing new discoveries and explaining what they discover to their friends, family members, and even strangers. Why not allow them to do the same in school?

Connecting for Learning

In learning through presentations, Jeff Utecht, an Educator, consultant, author, is very optimistic in saying that the only thing “constant” in education is “change”.  Allowing students to teach through presentations connects them to learning because of the process involved in preparing, delivering, and engaging in social feedback after the presentation.

Jeff Utrecht suggests that students present their stories using Pecha Kucha method of presenting slides. Students can be assessed based on not only how they present, but on their ability to demonstrate what they had learned.

Partnering for Learning

Allowing students to teach in the classroom connects them to the content, each other, the teacher, and themselves. It may involve risk taking on the part of the teacher because teachers are used to being in control. The risk is worth taking. There are many aha moments and a great deal of satisfaction in learning. Student-led conferences are one way of partnering for learning with your students while assessing what their learning outcomes.

 Student Led Conferences

Students love to present as a way to learn. Their presentations can be assessed by peers, themselves, the teachers and others. One way to generating a wide audience of assessors is to get students to organize a conference. Student lead conferences have become very popular in many schools in the USA. You may wish to try it with your students.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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