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(V2-2) Students Reveal Their True Nature With Evidence of Learning

Volume 2, issue 2 - Winter 2022-2023

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How Students Learn and Leave Their Marks...

There are many ways for young people to demonstrate their learning. Sometimes all it takes is for them to step out of the box and let their creativity run wild for them to surprise us in a pleasant way.

Fortunately, the opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills have never been greater (with digital technology adding to the traditional arsenal). Beyond the paper- and-pencil exam, they can express what they have retained and understood about a notion through different products: oral report, video, schematic illustration, written production, etc.

All this evidence of learning that they leave during the school year makes it possible to draw an accurate picture of their abilities and to determine the level of achievement of the planned learning targets, based on concrete elements.

"Evidence of learning is a demonstration of what the student knows, can do, and/or can express."

To this end, schools are increasingly interested in the concept of triangulation of learning evidence. It involves the teacher collecting evidence of student learning from three different sources: oral expression (including conversations), observation of attitudes and behaviours, and various projects (written or other). The teacher can then gather this evidence to determine the final grade for the students.

This issue suggests ways to begin, simplify, or enrich the process of collecting student evidence of learning. The issue also presents ways to effectively integrate this approach into teaching best practices as well as in the collection, organization, and evaluation of evidence of learning. Tips are provided on how to give feedback. Concrete examples are presented, including those from the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial virtual school in Nova Scotia, and useful tools are suggested (on this subject, do not miss out on the central pages!).

The idea is not to change everything overnight, but to take a step forward and let students leave their marks.

Audrey Miller, Editor-in-Chief
@millaudrey

Martine Rioux, Managing Editor
@riomarti

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December 2022 - Volume 2, issue 2

Writers
Erin Beard, Alexandra Coutlée, Laurie Couture, Anne Davies, Stéphane Hunter, Caroline Labbé, Karine Lachance, Mathieu Mercier, Lucie Michaud, Audrey Miller, Marie-Andrée Ouimet, Dominique Pissard, Pierre Poulin, Martine Rioux, Éric Therrien, Patrice Tourangeau

Editor-in-Chief
Audrey Miller

Managing Editor
Martine Rioux

Editorial Assistant
Karla Mora

Development Director
Stephanie Dionne

Linguistic Revision
Tracey-Lee Batsford, Alexandra Coutlée

Translation
Tracey-Lee Batsford, Josée Tardif, Audrey Miller, Alexandra Coutlée

Additional Proofreading
Nicole Arsenault-Bernard, Alexandra Coutlée, Laurie Couture, Karla Mora, Karine Turcotte

Graphic Design
Marie-Michèle Bouchard-Roussin
Kate-Lyn Lapointe (EMBLÈME Communication)

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ISSN 2564-2510 (Print)
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6 Things You Should Know about Evidence of Learning

One of the best ways to demonstrate students' progress is to collect evidence of learning. This helps the teacher verify that objectives have been met and to obtain an overview of the skills and abilities developed over time. The more varied and voluminous the evidence, the more accurate this portrait will be.

Nova Scotia's Virtual Francophone School: Evidence of Learning as a Basis for Evaluation

The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) is comprised of 22 French-language schools in Nova Scotia and has been providing virtual learning opportunities to students since 2012. The Virtual School makes it possible to provide more course choices to CSAP students in grades 11 and 12. Students at the Virtual School set their own academic path and progress independently through the course content. Teachers periodically collect evidence of learning through triangulation to ensure that course objectives are accomplished. This article examines the thinking behind the teaching and learning practices leveraged at the CSAP Virtual School.

Collecting Evidence of Learning

Whether in elementary or secondary classrooms, today's curricula are far too complex to assess using products only. A case in point comes from students in a third-grade classroom in Manitoba.

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Implementing Digital Portfolios in Preschool and Elementary School

In 2021-2022, École Cœur-Soleil piloted a digital portfolio project with two grade levels, preschool and Grade 3. Resource teacher Caroline Labbé was granted release time as part of a project submitted to the Quebec's Ministry of Education, which allowed her to prepare the basic model, facilitate the first three periods of the project in class, and be present and available for the teachers involved.

Mistakes as a Teaching Tool: What is EVOluation?

More than 90% of students in classrooms are video game enthusiasts (Toppo, 2015), and they are therefore accustomed to persevering to overcome increasingly complex levels. Moreover, younger teachers are more likely to understand the mechanisms associated with video games, being seasoned players themselves, sometimes even die-hard gamers.

Triangulate Evidence of Learning and Evaluation

Evidence of learning includes products, observations and conversations (the three sources that make up triangulation). Digital tools are gradually used to facilitate this triangulation. By making it possible to create a greater variety of evidence (written, audio, visual, etc.), these tools provide more options for teachers and students. 

The Podcast: A Tool for Raising Awareness of Social Issues

Podcasting is growing in popularity, and many teachers are wondering about its educational potential within the school environment. How can it be integrated into the classroom? How can it be considered evidence of learning? These questions are all the more relevant since podcasting is often used as a complementary teaching tool for teachers, but not necessarily as a new creative option for students...but that is changing.

Visual Notetaking as a Way to Illustrate Learning

Among educational researchers, there is no consensus about the definition of the word "creativity." However, among the various definitions of this ability, concepts such as production, ideas, connections, and new creations are common. We can therefore conclude that a teacher seeking to promote creativity in their students must create situations in which they can express their own ideas, in their own way, with the flexibility of choosing which tools to use.

4 Uses of Video in an Educational Context

One of the ways to encourage students to engage in their learning is to have them experience realistic situations; that is, actual situations rooted in reality. Using video in your teaching, either by viewing or creating, is a good way to achieve this.

Proof That Student Self-Assessments Move Learning Forward

I admit it. When I first began teaching, I thought I knew how to effectively engage students in self-assessments. In retrospect, I realize we may have just gone through the motions at times. It took a few shifts in my mindset and actions before my learners and I fully experienced the benefits of self-assessments. Was it worth the time and energy to make the shifts? The answer is a resounding yes!

4 Ways to Include Technology in Geography Class

To better understand the issues that need to be addressed in geography class, it is now possible to start with real-life situations thanks to an increasing number of online platforms and applications. These resources benefit teachers who assist students in developing abilities including understanding a territory's structure, interpreting a territorial issue, and increasing their global civic awareness. Digital tools help make geography concepts more engaging and tangible.

4 Ways to Include Technology into Arts Class

Despite the apparent contradiction, art and technology can coexist! It is possible to show appreciation or produce a work of art thanks to a variety of solutions. Various platforms and tools are accessible for free depending on the intended use. Here are a few techniques for enhancing arts education with digital technology.

Year-round Open Houses at School Thanks to Technology

Aside from email, there wasn't much technology available when my daughter was in elementary school that allowed me to peek into what she was learning. I did, of course, sign a lot of assignments and evaluations on paper. My daughter brought projects home, which gave me a glimpse of some of her progression. During school visits or parent meetings, I had little insight into what was going on in class and the activities she was a part of with her classmates.

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The Final Note: Various Ideas For Creative Subject Assessments

Whether you teach languages, mathematics, arts, sciences, ethics, social studies or physical education, there are various ways to assess students' progress besides regular quizzes, dictations or written tests. Nowhere in modern curricula is it requested from teachers to use those as the sole means of evaluation. Let's get creative and try ideas gathered by educators from Sir Wifrid Laurier School Board.

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