The major function of student needs assessment is to provide educators the tools
and information necessary to make solid decisions about how to best facilitate the
educational experience from start to finish. This information will assist in setting
learning objectives, selecting appropriate technology, deciding on curriculum content,
and determining strategies for effective learning. The main goal of 21st Century
student needs assessments is to establish, facilitate, and maintain an environment
that is learner focused. To determine assessment areas, educators must ask themselves,
“What do I want to know about my students that will help me determine what to teach,
how to teach, what technology to employ, and where to start the educational experience?”
There are many assessment areas, but certain areas are essential when planning Web-based
and technology infused learning, such as: Computer skills, learning styles, and a
learner’s desired outcomes. Within this workshop educators will explore, discuss,
collaborate and create a variety of online 21s century skills assessments and resources
through a multitude of online assessment repositories. Educators will have the opportunity
Use free online application to develop your own checklists, rubrics, and open-text
assessments from scratch.
Access databases of hundreds of high-quality, ready-made assessments on products
and performances, processes, and thinking skills and modify them to meet your individual
Save your assessments in a Teacher Workspace or share them with another teacher who
is registered in the site.
Learn about the research and theory behind successful assessment.
Find a wide variety of assessment strategies you can use with your students.
Many online researched based assessment portals will be showcased and explored which
will include: Route 21, sponsored by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, offers
a one-stop-shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community
tools. Route 21 offers over 100 formative and summative assessments for assessing
digital students. Educators will find a treasure chest filled with assessment resources
like the Intel Education Assessing Project, which helps instructors create assessments
that address 21st century skills. Included are strategies to make assessment an integral
part of their teaching and help students understand content more deeply, think at
higher levels, and become self-directed learners.
21st Century Assessments for Today's 21st Century Learner