Category Archives: 5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation

“Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this
information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 57). SMETS candidates integrate formative and summative evaluation strategies and analyses into the development and modification of instruction, SMETS projects, and SMETS programs.

Instructional Design Project

One class that I took this semester is EDTECH 503: Instructional Design.  The final project was to create a instructional design project.  I chose to create tutorials for two different e-readers, the Nook and the Kindle.  I first thought that this was like creating a lesson plan and teaching the materials.  I have realized over the last few months that though instructional design is similar to creating lesson plans, it has much more detail and research going into it.

I have learned so much from doing this.  It stretched me beyond what I thought I could do and showed me that I can work outside the box.  The hardest part was giving the guide to the instructor and having the instructor present the material.  This is the biggest difference between writing a lesson plan and writing an instructor’s guide.  As I watched the instructor present the material I kept thinking of ways that I would have done it differently; yet, in the end the tutorials were wonderful and it turned out fine even without me being the one to present the tutorials.

I am grateful for the final product and am so pleased with how everything turned out, even if at times I was pulling out my hair and just wanting to cry.


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School Evaluation Summary

As  the youngest teacher at this school, I am having a hard time communicating the need for more technology in the classroom.  It seems the more I use it or push for it, the more the other teachers avoid me or think less of me.  I have learned that the students actually learn more and better using technologies then just from a book and writing a paper.  I get frustrated when the other teachers look down on me for trying new things.

As the “Students Come First” laws begin to really take affect, I believe that the impact will be for the better.  Teachers will be held to a higher standard and students will be able to get the technologies needed to succeed in such a technological world.

This evaluation helped me take a closer look at the ACET standards and where all this fits in.  This covers Standard 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 3.3, 3.4, 4.4, and 5.3, 5.4.  I fell that most of the standards are covered in some way depending on how you look at the survey and summary.