I’m currently teaching in a kindergarten classroom where age appropriate lessons and assessment dictate that many of these technology forms of ongoing or digital assessment do not necessarily fit; therefore, answering the specific question of how I use cloud sources to manage and deliver feedback isn’t going to be direct. A key point of feedback is to help self-assessment. In kindergarten, these students are just learning self-assessment so some of the ways that I am using technology to help them is with resources that allow us to graph our interests or compare artwork to a rubric-based assessment. There is no formal cloud application for this, but I often use google docs or pinterest to ‘store’ my assessment comparisons and examples.
I often take pictures of students working and different stages of their work. I can store these easily on dropbox to refer to during conferences or for my own future use. I like to store bookmarks and links to short videos (often you tube videos, another cloud resource) to share with the class on dropbox, diigo, evernote and pinterest. I frequently rely on pinterest and dropbox to share ideas and receive feedback from my host teacher. A school and class facebook page is another cloud resource that allows me to communicate with other teachers and classroom parents about what is happening in our school community.
CloudApp is an app that simplifies storing on Amazon’s ‘simple storage.’ iCloud/CloudMe is especially handy for me because I have mostly apple hardware which all run the program and push information to the cloud then downloads it onto whichever device I need it on.
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www.techno-plus.com provides a nice article outlining the best and free cloud computing applications. Google apps is a top contender, as is dropbox, google drive, skyDrive and box.net. Mint is a cloud based finance tool. I even noticed that you can now use Turbo Taxe’s ‘cloud’ version and do your taxes online. I’m not quite that brave yet…
I decided to share and do a tutorial on a resource that I’ve really enjoyed. It’s called planboard (www.planboardapp.com). This link will take you with me on a journey to a cloud computing opportunity for creating, saving and sharing your lesson plans. I especially enjoy being able to develop lesson plans at home then pull them up on my iPad or computer while in the classroom. While it’s not quite an assessment tool, it’s a planning tool that can have your links for assessment at your fingertips. As I mentioned, for younger grades, planning is more critical and this tool is very useful. You can watch it below.
This week has relied heavily on good old-fashioned email, cell phone and text communication (old fashioned technology only in our class’ sense of the term) to discuss the finalities of wiki pages regarding assignment 1. I’ve continued to attend twitter chats multiple times a week, finally getting a hang of following and participating in the conversations. I spent a bit more time this week reading and considering other’s views through their blogs. I’ve found that this has helped me with my challenge last week of limiting my PLN. Reading other’s blogs allows me to gain further insights yet maintain a closer PLN that is more directly related to fellow MAT students and those teaching younger grades.
My shared resource list: https://www.diigo.com/list?token=13bf4022681e4c5d01c479b11d3f5f42