First of all, the whole thing ran with no technical hitches (though we did have a little trouble hearing from Cecilia in the Q&A part), a great relief as those kind of problems were my main worry beforehand. The only hic-cup to occur during my session was a brief interruption from my son, who burst into the computer room at about the halfway point to tell me something that had happened on his Wii game!
I covered everything I planned to say (at regular conferences, I usually immediately recall several things I should have said post-session) and my slides were generally well-received (they are currently being ‘showcased’ on the education page at Slideshare as well!). The main thing I would like to work on for future webinars is increasing interaction with the attendees. Beyond ‘where are you listening from?’ and an initial ‘what is assessment?’ question, it was mainly me talking.
Teacher modelling – did it get a laugh? Probably not!
The lack of immediate interaction was generally the most difficult thing as there is no way to be 100% sure if everyone is engaged and if it’s all making sense. On the one hand, nearly 40 people were attending, but on the other hand, I was sat in front of my computer talking to myself! In a regular conference, you can observe expressions on faces, hear comments of agreement/disagreement and chuckles (or groans) for the little jokes. Then again, with my jokes, perhaps it’s better not to have any immediate feedback!
I thought it best to provide my own tumbleweed
Image by Vancity Allie
The very best thing about the whole event was my audience! It was truly global stretching from the Pacific coast of America to the Pacific coast of Australia. One of my neighbours and work colleagues was in attendance as well meaning the participants came from across continents and from the floor directly above me as well! Having a few members of my PLN present helped my relax a bit so a big thank you to Shelly, Cecilia, Greta, Henrick (Oprea!) and Sue for being there (hope I haven’t missed anyone) as well as to everyone else who was there. They fielded some great questions afterwards too which gave me an opportunity to expand on some key points.
If you were in attendance, I’d also like some peer feedback:
- What did you think of the session?
- Did you take anything away from it?
- What could I do differently or better next time?
- Any other thoughts?
Here’s the slideshow:
Directing young learners towards effective self assessmentAnd here are the links to the documents and blog posts I referred to. Great for further reading:
- What do you associate with the term ‘assessment’? - prior to the presentation, I asked my (PLN via Twitter) to give their thoughts on assessment. Thanks to all who contributed and sorry I couldn’t quote from everybody!
- What primary school teachers think about assessment - the word cloud used to display answers gathered from my teaching colleagues.
- About teaching - a post by Henrick Opera from his ‘Doing some thinking’ blog.
- More adventures in checking for understanding and Effective feedback - posts from Mary Beth Hertz’s ‘Philly Teacher’ blog about how she has introduced self and peer assessment into her lessons.
- You may also be interested in the following article by Willy Cardoso from New Routes Magazine entitled Learner autonomy and self-assessment: indispensible tools for successful learning, which I wanted to refer to in my presentation but couldn’t fit in!