Several years on from the removal of levels, assessment — especially in Computing and ICT — is still a hot topic.Read More
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I've been thinking about, and running courses on, assessment for a long time. In a mini essay called Assessment and the black swan problem, I discuss an issue that I think receives scant attention. In this short article I tell you how you can get hold of the essay.Read More
Rubrics look like an easy way to tackle assessment. But they can be deceptive in that respect, and can cause the unwary to slip up.Read More
I've been thinking about, doing, and running courses in the art and science of assessing what kids know, understand and can do when it comes to Computing and ICT for a long time. Here are 12 things I've learnt.Read More
Assessing pupils' ability in Computing or ICT is not easy. Here are four things I've learnt about it.Read More
Trying to be helpful to pupils while assessing their understanding could actually be counter-productive.Read More
Spotting the unexpected results of mock exams of scores or even hundreds of students need no longer be a nightmare.Read More
Updated! When it comes to assessing ICT and Computing, it's worth pointing out that "solutions" which look both comprehensive and easy to implement are not necessary either, when you start to get down to considering them in depth.Read More
Kay Sawbridge, Faculty Leader of Computing and ICT in a secondary school, has been very active in campaigning against the Government's decision to scrap ICT qualifications. It's a bad decision that could leave thousands of students "disenfranchised" in terms of what they choose to study, and will almost certainly adversely affect a disproportionate number of girls.
In this article, taken from the next issue of the Digital Education newsletter, I interview Kay.Read More
When you adopt someone else's assessment system or software, do you really understand what it's doing?Read More
When it comes to ed tech systems, nothing beats a good conversation.Read More
UPDATED yet again! The decision to "scrap" the GCSE and 'A' level qualifications in Information and Communication Technology have dismayed a lot of people. In a spirit of pragmatism rather than defeatism, I've compiled a list of eligible alternative qualifications, which you can download from here.Read More
The attractive thing about badges is that a school can invent their own categories and achievement levels.Read More