Using Technology to develop learning-oriented assessment and autonomy in students. Read this interesting introduction and article from the Research notes of Cambridge Assessment English.
One of the major issues in our classrooms is the lack of student motivation. This permeates the whole course and affects how the students respond to class activities and independent learning. They generally appear to be uninterested in the coursework, the topics, the processes and the formative assessments. In this article, we describe our action research (AR) project, which investigated whether these usually unmotivated and unresponsive students could be inspired by the task of using their smart phones to make a short video about a topic of interest and whether they could complete the video in a collaborative group, independently and with no mark awarded at the end of the activity. We were interested to see if these students could incorporate their enjoyment of technology into a learning context where they would be researching, communicating and videoing using English.
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