Making Learning Visible and Assessment.

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Assessment, Children's Learning | Posted on November 3, 2014

Apps that allow for teacher assessment are become increasingly popular. More apps are being made available to schools which allow for the creation of children’s profiles or learning journeys on an iPad or computer. One of the major benefits of using these apps is that it allows teachers to take a picture and annotate the pictures almost instantly. There are many apps and software products available, and I took a look at the Evernote programme.

Evernote allows for a range of multimedia to be used when recording information about children. Teaching staff can take photographs of work that children have completed and save it into a notebook which has been created for each individual child. Children themselves can create notes to annotate their work, but if the children are unable to write either through age or lack of ability they can record their own voice talking about their work. I think this is quite a nice feature as some children may find it difficult to write accurately about their work. Teachers may also interpret the work incorrectly if they annotate it on behalf of the child. This software seems simple to use and would avoid the sticking of work and notes into a book for each child.

Another app which could be used to create a learning profile for children is three ring. This appears to be quite a similar concept to Evernote. Again you can use a range of different tools to create a learning profile for each child. Using this kind of application could save time as snapshots can be taken immediately and annotated. When the teacher uses more traditional methods to create a learning journal for the children notes can be left to one side, photographs may not be stuck in immediately and it may be hard to remember the context of the observation or piece of work.

 

Tapestry is another app which can be used to create an online learning profile. This app allows quick observations to be made either through photographs or writing, and  allows teachers to select a statement from the EYFS and link it to the observation. Profiles can be built for children that last across the foundation stage that can then be passed to the reception teacher when the child starts school.

I have never seen any of these apps being used on placements. I can see the positives of using these apps and programmes in that they can save time, may be more organised and could look more professional. However there is a associated cost with purchasing these apps as well as time taken in training staff. Personally as a parent I would refer to be handed a hard copy of my child’s learning profile. I think these are nicer to keep and nicer to share with family or friends.

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