Using the iPad for Self-Assessment

This week, the students started to self-assess their listening during Show and Tell. Together we made a list of Success Criteria and an evaluation method that lines up to the one we need to use on the Report Card.

Before Show and Tell each day, we read this Success Criteria, and then the students evaluate their listening at the end of the activity. I evaluate my listening too, as I often need reminders to keep my eyes on the speaker as well!:) In all seriousness though, the children love that I can learn and grow along with them, and they are always eager to hear how I evaluate myself.

Today though, I decided to add another element to this activity. I had students share why they gave themselves the mark that they did. They used the Audio Memos app on the iPad to record their thinking. Below are four examples of these recordings:





It’s interesting to hear what they have to say. As the year goes on, I’ll be curious to hear if their thinking changes.

Has anyone else used the iPad for self-assessment? How did you use it? What were the results? I would love to hear about your experiences too!


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  2. Great example. The students taking ownership is always a great strategy. Check out SoundNote for iPad as well. This might take you in another direction because of the recording of sound at the same time.

  3. A fantastic idea! Student self-assessment is important to their growth and development and when young learners have the opportunity to express themselves through speaking, they have alternatives (or supplements) to their writing. Looking forward to the results of their group thinking over time.

    • Thanks for the comment! I’m so glad that you liked this idea. I think it’s important for young students to learn how to self-assess, and giving them the opportunity to do so orally, helps many of them, especially as their writing skills continue to develop. I’m sure that I’ll continue blogging here about the changes that I notice over time.


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