Why I Believe in VPA...

Posted on April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

I joined the VPA project because I believe in the idea of making assessment fun, or at least not anxiety provoking. Assessments help us understand how our students are processing information, but poorly designed assessments can be worse than no assessment at all. How do you measure science inquiry today? If you use paper and pencil, do you feel the the measurement gives you good formative information? 

VPA is revolutionary in that students are truly investigating a scientific problem and gathering evidence to form a claim. When I watch students take the test, many are fully engaged and just a few a "playing" the game. However, either way I fee I am understanding how my students think through scientific problems in an authentic environment that can not be replicated without VPA.


Great Testimony

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hi Everyone!

Look at this great feedback from a teacher who was just checking the technology...

"We were going to see if we could log in if the unity player had been installed on all our machines. It worked really well, so we went ahead and did the first test. It went quite well. No real problems. How long do we wait until the class takes the next test?"


Of course this teacher had collected consent forms and entered students into our system so they would have logins and passwords. But look how easy it can be!

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