#diffimooc week 10: Diffitool Impact

What was the impact of my diffi-tool on Givercraft students & teachers; what should I change for Survivorcraft to ensure that my intervention is effective?

Amanda, Andrea and I created memory books for teachers to give their students during scenario 2 of the Givercraft. We created about two large chests and one small chest of books. One of are chest was almost emptied. Amanda created a screen cast in how teachers could find the books. Amanda also created and sent out a survey asking how helpful teachers found our diffitool, if they used it. From the two responses from the survey it seems that our tool was used and helpful, even if it was only a few teachers. The two respondents said our tool was easy to use, helpful to their students and used with almost their whole class. One reported it being used on about 75% of their students.

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The Givercraft experience is considered authentic assessment. As stated by Wiggins (1990), “Authentic assessments require students to be effective performers with acquired knowledge.” The students The Giver and were assessed on the items they created in Minecraft based on their learning from the book. They used their acquired knowledge to complete a performance. Mueller (2014), compares traditional assessment to authentic assessment:

Traditional ——————————————— Authentic

Selecting a Response ———————————— Performing a Task

Contrived ————————————————————— Real-life

Recall/Recognition ——————————- Construction/Application

Teacher-structured ————————————- Student-structured

Indirect Evidence ——————————————– Direct Evidence

The Givercraft course would be performing a task with direct evidence. After building in Minecraft students had to share on a Wiki screen shots and a write up of what they created showing evidence of learning.


Callison, D. (1998). Authentic Assessment. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 14(5), 42. Retrieved March 29, 2015 from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/edchoice/SLMQ_AuthenticAssessment_InfoPower.pdf

Mueller, J. (2005). The authentic assessment toolbox: Enhancing student learning through online faculty development. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 1-7. Retrieved March 29, 2015 from http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/whatisit.htm

Wiggins, Grant (1990). The case for authentic assessment. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 2(2). Retrieved March 29, 2015 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=2&n=2


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