I like to encourage student voice and self reflection as part of the structure of any unit of work or individual lesson. As a way to assess what my Year 7 students learn in Digital Technologies, I encourage them to collect evidence of their learning through a 'digital portfolio'. One of the ways I have done this in the past is through the 'Teach The Teacher' idea. This is where they learn the lesson and then teach their teacher the skills that they have learned. This is a great way to not only consolidate the learning in class, but also to allow classroom teachers and parents to understand what students do in Digital Technologies lessons. The students can then articulate what has been learnt as part of our Student Led Conferences that take place twice a year.
The way this works is each student chooses an activity that they have enjoyed throughout the term and they then plan how they are going to teach their teacher what they learned. This takes the format of a Google slide that has a framework or template on the pages that each student completes in their own time.
I have allowed the students to chose how they do the 'Teach The Teacher' 'lesson'. This can be done either on their own or in pairs or in groups. They can also choose how long the lesson lasts. This allows for those that are not very confident in presenting to still take part but they do not have to be the main presenter if they wish not to be.
In the process, the student has collected evidence of their learning which then allows them to review their learning at the end of the year through scheduled Student Led Conferences or their class teacher can use this in their mid year or end of year report. This reflection tool has had moderate success and has the scope to be developed theor learning for Year 8.
For my Year 8 students, I have further developed the idea of student reflection as a way of putting together everything that has been learned previously. This is done using the Design Thinking Process, which is an iterative process that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It uses a structured framework to identify any challenges and gather any important information that can generate potential solutions. With the information gathered, the students can refine their ideas and test any solutions.
With the use of the Design Thinking principles, I get the students to work towards completing an extended project of their choice using many of the lessons that they have experienced such as using Makey Makey, micro:bits, robotics or 2D and 3D design for output to our laser cutter. They are then encouraged to record any progress in their own Project Showcase.