Monday, August 26, 2013

Why I Choose These Assessment Types...

     For the first learning outcome, I choose a series of visual materials and performance assessments because the learning process and outcome is mainly a visual experience as the students are being taught to access and manuever their personal email accounts online and the only way is to physically and visually do this process.

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However, since I am unable to produce this type of test on this blog, I also choose to present a Matching Test type. I presented the students with seven steps to access their email and they are to put them in numerical order.

     Fot the second learning outcome and assessment I choose a series of objective tests as the students will need to study, learn and need to memorize information, or more specifically the dates of every American war and the reasons they started. I further choose a few different types of tests since all learners are different and may learn or do better on one test over another.

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I presented a Multiple Choice test so the students may choose the correct date that corresponds to the the year an American War began.

I also presented an Essay Question so that the students may exaplain (in a minimum of a paragraph) why a specific American War began.

     Finally, for the last learning outcome and assessments I choose a combination of both performance and objective assessments as the grade level being taught is pre-school and the learning cabability has really yet to be determined in most or all of these children in an educational setting. Both visual aids, learning to write the letters and repetative song may all be needed to help these new learners retain the alphabet. Or perhaps, some strudents will learn to gravitate towards one style of learning over the other.

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I presented a Completion Test, whereas the students need to fill in the missing letters of the alphabet.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Learning Outcomes...

Outcome #1:
Adult students (learning basic computer skills) will learn the basic function of accessing email online.

Assessment Strategy:
Students are to follow a visual step-by-step guide of print-screens from how to turn on a computer to accessing the internet to logging in to a mail server and apply this until they are able to access their email account online.

     The type of test to use that would best help me determine if my students have learned how to access their email online would be a performance assessment.
1.      I would design a visual aid tutorial packet of simple ‘print screens’ in a step-by-step fashion to allow the student to follow in order to go from turning on their computer to accessing and maneuver their email online by themselves.
2.      I would have sent them each a personal email message with further instructions as to how to reply to my email.
3.      By the end of the class I would then have each student attempt to access their email without any visual aids to determine if they were able to remember how and once again their would be a personal email message in their ‘inbox’ with further instructions in how to ‘reply’ to me.

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Matching test example:

Since I am not able to post print screens of what I would actually provide my students on the blog site or rather this is not acceptable for this assignment, I found an alternative, the matching test type:


Write the number on the line next to each set of instructions showing the correct order of each step below to access your email on the internet.

First - 1
_ Click on Internet Explorer icon on desktop
Second - 2
_ Type in user name and password
­­Third - 3
_ Type: in address bar
Fourth - 4
_ Open email from instructor
Fifth - 5
_ Turn Computer on
Sixth - 6
_ Click on Inbox
Seventh - 7
_ Click on" Email

Outcome #2:
Sophomore High School History students will remember all the dates that every American war started.

Assessment Strategy:
Students are to memorize by analyzing a list of American War dates.

The type of tests to use that would best help me determine if my students have learned or rather memorized the dates of every American war would be objective tests, such as multiple choice, true-or-false, matching and short answer. I would also like to incorporate them learning the reason each war started and would use the same type of tests.

 1.      I would use multiple choice tests to assess if they have memorized the dates correctly, and might I add, memorizing many dates in a subject matter such as this is not as easy as it would seem.

2.      I would give them all a matching test to match up the wars, dates and reasons the war was started.

3.      Finally, at the very end of class, I would expect them to have retained much of this info (hopefully most or all) and I would give a short answer test where they would be required to name the war, the date and the reason it started on their own.

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Multiple Choice test example:

Circle the letter for the correct date for each corresponding American War (a war that started or took place on American soil).

1. The Revolutionary War

a. 1775




2. War of 1812

a. 1801

b. 1712

c. 1812

d. 1925

3. Mexican American War

a. 1846

b. 1848

c. 1912

d. 1812

4. The Spanish American War

a. 1898

b. 1861

c. 1795

d. 1865

5. The Civil War

a. 1961

b. 1861

c. 1795

d. 1865

6. WWII (Attack on Pearl Harbor)

a. 1961

b. 1941

c. 1795

d. 1865


Essay test example:

Question 1. In a minimum of a paragraph, briefly explain why The American Revolutionary War began.

Outcome #3:
Preschool students will learn to memorize the alphabet

Assessment Strategy:
The students will be taught the alphabet song and practice singing it until they
have memorized the alphabet

   The type of test to use that would best help me determine if my students have memorized the alphabet would be a combination of performance assessment and objective.

1.      I would start by teaching the students the alphabet song and taking period assessment throughout the course of the class by engaging them all in song.

2.      I would also give them a fill-in-the-blank test where the alphabet is laid out but certain letters are missing and the students have to fill in the blanks.

3.      Finally, at the end of the class, i would give the students flash card tests where I would hold up individual flashcards with a letter printed to see if they are able to recognize each letter individually.

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Completion test example:

Fill in the missing letters of the alphabet.

A B C _ E F G_I J K L _ N O _ Q R S _ U V _ X Y Z