This new curriculum idea of #digitalstudies seems to be gaining a small amount of momentum at the moment. In developing the definitions for the four strands I have been thinking about what is going to underpin all of these strands and allow pupils to bring together what they have been able to do.
Image: ‘Homage to Babsi‘
The obvious answer to this is blogging. Blogging I see as a very effective personal analysis tool for reflecting on learning which is taking place. The obvious example is this very blogpost itself as I am using it to reflect on the work I have done.
The less obvious answer is how to assess what a pupil has written. Starting this year I asked pupils from year 8 upwards to create individual blogs for uploading their work. Every post which a pupil makes is commented on by me often in great detail. However I have been thinking that despite the detail I provide the pupils need to be shown a clear ‘path’ for how to improve their own blogs. I also about the same time I was considering this went on an exam board course for ICT (don’t worry I wasn’t shown any answers) during which we discussed the longer ‘essay’ questions at the end of the exam. I reckon looking at my pupils they do struggle to write these essay questions.
When I looked at the markscheme for the essay questions I saw that they also used a fairly familiar levelling system for identifying how well a pupil has written an essay question. I thought why not use similar levels for assessing how a pupil writes a blog. This would allow me to very quickly identify how well a pupil writes as well as give them a structure for how to improve as well.
The following Google Docs link will take you to my first version of a blog assessment rubric which I will be introducing at school soon. Feel free to add, edit and make a copy of this.