Evaluating

"Olivia read through the comments left on the project blog by her classmates and the students in Franklin County High School. The original post on the effect of technology on the classroom had drawn many responses. Some were positive and some were negative. She read each one and considered whether or not she should approve them. She evaluated the points they put forward, the language and tone they are written in, the possibility that they could be misconstruded or offer offense, judging the worth of the comments."

Blogs are powerful tools for learning. They provide a medium with which to comment and critique. In this example Alision is evaluating the comments in the moderation process. She is essentially critiquing, judging, checking and monitoring. The students who post comment to the posts are also evaluating the post or the reply submitted.
The following are some of the key terms for this aspect of the Taxonomy.
  • Checking
  • Hypothesising
  • Critiquing
  • Experimenting
  • Judging
  • Testing
  • Detecting
  • Monitoring
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Anderson and Krathwohl's Taxonomy – Evaluating

5.Evaluating: Making judgements based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing..
The digital additions and their justifications are as follows:
  • Blog/vlog commenting and reflecting - Constructive criticism and reflective practice are often facilitated by the use of blogs and video blogs. Student commenting and replying to postings have to evaluate the material in context and reply to this.
  • Posting – posting comments to blogs, discussion boards, threaded discussions are increasingly comment elements of students daily practice. Good postings like good comments are not simple one line answers rather they structured and constructed to evaluate the topic or concept.
  • Moderating – This is high level evaluation, the moderator must be able to evaluate a posting or comment from a variety of perspectives, assessing its worth, value and appropriateness.
  • Collaborating and networking – Collaboration is an increasing feature of education. In a world increasingly focused on communication, collaboration, leading to collective intelligence is a key aspect. Effective collaboration involves evaluating the strengths and abilities of the the participants and evaluating the contribution they make. Networking is a feature of collaboration, contacting and communicating with relevant person via a network of associates.
  • Testing (Alpha and Beta) – Testing of applications, processes and procedures is a key element in the development of any tool. To be an effective tester you must have the ability of analyse the purpose of the tool or process, what its correct function should be and what its current function is.
  • Validating – With the wealth of information available to students combined with the lack of authentication of data, students of today and tomorrow must be able to validate the veracity of their information sources. To do this they must be able to analyse the data sources and make judgements based on these.

Key Terms - Evaluating:

Checking, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting, judging, testing, detecting, monitoring, (Blog/vlog) commenting, reviewing, posting, moderating, collaborating, networking, reflecting, (Alpha & beta) testing, Validating.
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Rubrics


external image pdf.png Skype rubric.pdf also applying element
external image pdf.png validating rubric.pdf
external image pdf.png 2 threaded discussion rubric.pdf (This is a two part rubric with understanding in the simpler format)