Authentic Assessment for Logic

Mrs. Gross used Xtranormal.com to create an authentic assessment for her students.  Xtranormal is a free website that allows its users to create their own animated videos.  A user simply types the dialogue between two characters and the website does the rest.  Mrs. Gross used this concept to assess her Geometry students on the topic of logic.  The task given to the students was to complete a logic movie that displays knowledge of the various topics of logic.  Her students were very creative in their projects and demonstrated their understanding of logical reasoning in a fun and different way.

According to the Xtranormal website, teachers can:

  • Enhance their lessons with a movie
  • Have students create their own movie
  • Get access to an entire library of characters and sets

The rubric that was used to grade the assignment is below:

 

Poor

Fair

Good

Complete

The movie is not complete.

The movie has 1 example of logic statements.

The movie has at least 2 examples of logic statements.

Descriptive

The movie is not descriptive.

The movie gives fair examples and explanations of the logic topics.

The movie gives clear examples and explanations of the logic topics.

Accuracy

The work in this movie has many errors.

Most of the work in this movie is correct.

All work in this movie is correct.

 

Click on the links below to see some sample Logic projects from Mrs. Gross’ class:

www.xtranormal.com/watch/12852613/logic-movie
www.xtranormal.com/watch/12830732/chuchuz-movie

Using the ENGAGING Framework, this lesson demonstrates the use of Active Learning and Authentic Assessment.  Students in Mrs. Gross’ class were engaged in an activity that allowed them to demonstrate their knowledge of logic by a performance of understanding.  They participated in creating an authentic video to help them explain the concepts of converse, inverse, and contrapositive.

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Posted on March 2, 2012, in Athena High Best Practices and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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