Series: Five Essential Practices for the Teaching of ELLs - Elementary

Using Technology to Collect Classroom Data
Lesson Objective: Collect and analyze formative assessment data
All Grades / All Subjects / ELL

Thought starters

  1. What are the benefits of recording students' academic conversations?
  2. What are the benefits of storing student work digitally?
  3. How does Ms. Dearlove use the data she collects?
Great idea to use technology to listen to student discussions!
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I like the recording and reviewing technique.
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Interesting way to collect data. Keeps you informed on who is knowledgeable and if students are staying on task. Also, helps aid in placing students in groups based on their ability to work together as a team verses one student dominating the conversation.
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A good idea for formative assessment. As long as assessment does not take too long to collect and record.
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Excellent. How do you avoid background noise?
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  • Using Technology to Collect Classroom Data Transcript

    Speaker 1: One way I collect and organize formative assessment is using technology.

    Speaker 2:

    Using Technology to Collect Classroom Data Transcript

    Speaker 1: One way I collect and organize formative assessment is using technology.

    Speaker 2: I think that the shark [inaudible 00:00:20] their enemies.

    Speaker 1: I like to use my smart phone to record students, so that when I'm not there I can really get a gauge on where they are and what's happening at that time in that moment. I just listen to the conversations. Are they on topic? Are they using the language? How can I help them go forward, or what are they doing that is good that I can actually write down?

    Speaker 3: I think probably the sharks eat them with the belugas probably.

    Speaker 1: I'm noticing when I'm listening to this is Walter dominated. However, they went beyond the conversation and still on topic, so that was good.

    Speaker 4: Brandon, can I talk? Can I talk?

    Speaker 1: I think they need to learn how to take turns better. Maybe I could partner Hector with someone else. I got Nancy and [Jillese 00:01:14]. Today after I did the recordings, then I looked at the paperwork right away because it's fresh in my mind. Otherwise, it gets in a pile. I also like to use an iPad to collect information, and manage it and monitor students, and it's all in on place. I can also share that with the student. Look at what you did first, and now look where you are.

    Speaker 5: The color are doing red, black and yellow.

    Speaker 1: The pros of the technology are to have better data, so that therefore I can plan better.

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School Details

Glen Park Elementary School
151 Lippard Avenue
San Francisco CA 94131
Population: 329

Data Provided By:



Anna Dearlove
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Arts / 2 / Teacher



All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture