Assessment, Internet Awareness, and netTrekker

February 15, 2008


Hour 1 - Assessment


Welcome Question

What is the purpose of assessment?
  • In general?
  • In schools?
  • At Salem?

The Big Picture

In what ways are Salem students assessed?
In what ways is Salem School assessed?

Jigsaw: Types of Assessments

With your small group, read and explore one of the subjects below. Be prepared to summarize the topic for the large group and give examples at Salem. We will discuss each issue after it is shared. (Groups 1-5 start by visiting the Assessment article in the wikipedia.)

Discussion: Rethinking Rubrics

Download the sample chapter from Rethinking Rubrics by Maja Wilson. Read (or skim) the forward. Discuss the issues with your small group and be prepared to share your thoughts with the large group. Time permitting, review the resources in your Rubric Primer from the PBL workshop with these issues in mind.

Reflection Question

What change do you want to make in your assessment strategies?
  • Immediately (in the next few days or weeks)?
  • In the short term (in the next few months)?
  • In the long term (next year or later)?


Hour 2 - Internet Awareness and Safety


Workshop Outline

Internet Awareness and Safety (a Separate Wiki)

Reflection Question

What do you want to do differently to increase the Internet awareness and safety of your students?
  • Immediately (in the next few days or weeks)?
  • In the short term (in the next few months)?
  • In the long term (next year or later)?


Hour 3 - An Introduction to netTrekker


Accessing netTrekker d.i.: netTrekker
Full Outline:

User Environment: My Tools

Overview & Basic Searching
  • Keyword search
  • Subject search
  • Understanding a search result

Advanced Searching
  • Refinement Tabs
  • Correlate to Standards
  • Narrow Your Subject
  • Readability Level
  • Current Events

Assistive Searching
  • Dictionary Hot Key
  • Read Aloud

Standards Searching

English Learners Channel

21st Century Skills Channel

Features
  • Timeline
  • Famous Person
  • Image Search
  • Search View
  • References
  • Teacher Tools


Online Evaluation (This is for the whole day.)