Initially, I worked with the music teacher, Pam Orals, to look at ways she could use technology to assist in the assessment of her students. The discussion led to talking about how some teachers are using Google Forms as an efficient way to collect and organize assessment data. We ended up planning a student-led assessment opportunity that would encourage some self-reflection and collaboration with classmates, without taking away too much time from actually performing with the instruments.
Each student used their iPad's video recording capabilities in conjunction with a Google Form created by the teacher to assess their own music skills. Student partners worked together to record each other's performances two or three times. After the performances, the partners discussed each video clip and selected their best performance based upon criteria developed by the teacher. Each student visited the assessment form to log their performance ratings.
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We found that some of the students had hard time with the reflection process. Some were not able report an honest critique of their performance, despite having the opportunity to review their efforts first hand. Despite these challenges, the process was certainly worthwhile. I'd like to explore the effectiveness of using video to enhance the reflective process in other areas of school life, and using Google Forms to record the experience seems to be a natural combination.