Thinking about What if we crowd-sourced assessment? 60-60-60 #29 and reflecting…

Part of the reason for the 1000+ unread items in my GoogleReader account has to do with Trinity students’ Capstone Projects. These projects have a specific goal: students must apply what they have learned through research (their QUEST paper) and demonstrate understanding through a real-life application project which is independently designed. Through the QUEST process, Sixth Graders must identify an area of interest and complete an inquiry-based process which allows the opportunity to investigate a topic in a personalized and student-directed manner.  The purpose of the QUEST research paper and the final Capstone project is to both build and celebrate students’ creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis skills.

This year, our Sixth Grade teachers are experimenting (a bit) with crowd-sourcing. They are encouraging students to put all of their QUEST/Capstone work on their blogs, inviting mentors and members of our community (and beyond) to engage with these students as they learn about a topic of personal interest. Kudos to our sixth grade teachers.

So far, the best example of crowd-sourced learning comes from Julia S.’s study of math in photography. Her Time for Math: Calculating F Stop post is worth reading, if just to see what she has expertly created with both words and images.

But check out the comments Julia received on her post. I’ve pulled a sentence (or four in one instance) from each of the three comments:

I’m a hobbiest in the camera and photog world and have heard the term, but not been inclined to pay to much attention to it…yet! ~Lisa D.

Great work in trying to figure all of this out. It’s not as easy to measure the focal length of a lens by just pulling out a ruler. First, knowing that lenses are interchangeable and fit on bodies having different widths, I believe including the body in your focal length measurements will throw it off. Secondly, you can’t trust a true external measurement of a lens to get your focal length. ~Brian Mull

If you’re looking for other interesting ideas for your blog, you should talk about the relationship between distance and flash effectiveness. ~Moshe Jacobson

A bit of praise and support. An additional challenge. And a new idea.

How’s that for authentic assessment and feedback?


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