Monday, March 23, 2015

Assessment AS Learning Conversations

We want to thank everyone for the amazing #plearnchat about Assessment AS Learning on Monday, March 23rd. It started out with selfies with their intros from a few daring souls. Then with each question, more people jumped in and responded, retweeted, and favorited each others tweet. We didn't want it to end. We used the Q1, A1 format so check the archive at the bottom for the conversations.

Assessment as learning is where learners monitor their progress and reflect on their own learning. It is based on research about how learning happens and is characterized by monitoring their progress and making adjustments to their learning as they learn so they achieve deeper understanding. In the world of standardized tests and teacher-directed environments, teachers tend to be accountable for all the learning, not the learners. When you move to assessment as learning, the types of assessments change. Learners are not only more responsible for their learning, they are more accountable as they monitor and reflect on their progress. This is what personalizing learning is all about. It is about meta-learning and learning about learning. In 2015, you will see assessment changing and assessments adopted as learning strategies.  Assessment AS Learning is #8 on our 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015.

We would like to congratulate David Buck who won our book, Make Learning Personal.

David Buck is an Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. His interests include educational technology, online pedagogy, professional development, and open educational resources.

Make sure you follow David on Twitter: @dbuckedu
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Conversations about Play-based Learning

We want to thank everyone for actively participating in our chat on Play-Based Learning on 3/9/15 #plearnchat.

Purposeful play should be the central learning experience in early learning classrooms. It is a natural way of learning that supports creativity and imagination. But why should play be limited to primary classrooms only? It doesn't matter what age we are; we all like to play. 

This is Trend #7 in the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015. The focus of the conversations was around the big question. The format we used was the Q1, A1 format. 

The conversations were thoughtful and engaging. We learned so much from so many wonderful educators. Here are just a few of the resources that were shared around play-based learning:
Congratulations to Ricky Board who won our book, Make Learning Personal, for his active participation in this chat and his "can do" attitude about play, teaching and learning. 

I have been teaching for 4 years in a very low income district near Fort Worth, Texas. I am trying to make learning fun and exciting for my students all the time. I believe that children want to learn and we to often get in the way as we are trying to teach them instead of letting them experience learning. Over the last 4 years, I was able to fund a full class set of iPads because I love the way it lets us explore things and play together.  It’s been an exciting process, and I love sharing with teachers and learning from teachers on Twitter.

Make sure you follow Ricky on Twitter @rboard17
Visit Ricky's website:

Join us in our next #plearnchat 3/23/15 at 7pm ET, 6pm CT, 4pm PT on Assessment AS Learning.  Below is the archive of the 3/9/15 #plearnchat: