ACT III Conference

May 19-20 @ NYU

Title: Achieving Higher Standards
Ted Nellen

DESCRIPTION: The next phase of integrating the Internet into the classrooms is how to assess the work of the scholars in light of the increased empahsis on raising standards and achieving them. In this workshop, participants will explore certain methods of assessment: webfolio, peer review, and rubrics as practiced by me in my Cyber English class at Murry Bergtraum HS. I will further demonstrate how I will be transferring this practice as Cybrarian for the Alternative High Schools, NYC.

We all have standards and all agree that we should have standards. However, we do not agree on how to do the assessment. Currently the high stakes tests dominate the educational landscape. There are good alternatives and I'd like to show you one. I borrow the idea from the classic model of scholarship the PhD. The premise to this program is three pronged: make it public, peer review, and pass it on. All PhD candidtaes must publish their work; they must go through a peer review process; and they must pass their work on for others to use. My question is why do we have to wait till then, the PhD process to begin scholarship? Why not start in fifth grade? In this way the high stakes tests need not be the only assessment we use and they do nto need to be high stakes either. Use tests and the webfolio for assessment.


Getting Started
The Acts:
The Webfolio
Peer Review & Rubrics
My Carnegie work on Assessment.
TaskStream, Renaissance of Education. This community of innovative educators creating software for teachers.

Ted Nellen
242 W 36th St 10th Fl
New York, NY 10018
212.868.2717 ext 17

formerly of:
Murry Bergtraum HS
411 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038
212.964.9610 X 439