Dec 11, 2017
Can students take ownership in tracking their own academic performance? One tech developer says the answer is yes and offers his own perspective from talking to teachers and developing the technology to involve students in monitoring—and motivating—themselves toward success.
Kids are no strangers to the latest tech in the classroom. One tech developer, Dennis Li, says schools should go a step further and give students a stake in tracking their own academic performance.
Li worked with students put in charge of entering their marks on tests and assignments into individual spreadsheets and reflecting on their progress. The students’ teacher then assembled the data into a master spreadsheet to track the students’ overall performance. The result? Students were enthusiastic to play an active role in monitoring their own academic journey.
But can teachers and tutors trust students to report their data honestly? According to Li’s field research (and others), the answer is ‘yes’. Not only do teachers remain at the helm in terms of grading, Li says that students are motivated to report honestly and succeed when they’re given a greater stake in the learning process.
Why student data should be students’ data https://www.edutopia.org/article/why-student-data-should-be-students-data