Using Twitter to Peer-Assess

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During my final practice, I implemented social media into my AfL strategies. As the children in my class all had iPads and were familiar with Twitter, I thought it would be a nice way to introduce peer-assessment. These templates were used at the end of every week. The children would fill out the form to tell me something that they had learnt and something that they needed help on. It worked well within my year 4 class as they were all honest and told me what I could implement in my following lesson. However, it is important to consider that some children may be dishonest and may say that they don’t need help with anything. Therefore, it is crucial to look at children’s books and use other forms of assessment, such as observation, to address any further misconceptions. Also, it did take up quite a lot of time at the end of the lesson to give them out, allow them to fill it in and then collect it back. Perhaps there would be something more time effective to use in future but the idea of linking social media with assessment is something that I aim to experiment further with as it really engaged their interests and made assessment fun!

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