VTaL and Student Achievement in DigiTech as at Oct 2017




Using VTaL to track Student Achievement in DigiTech

I’ve recently adapted the tracking sheet in my Senior DigiTech class to reflect the credit goals for senior subjects, and to align with the Kamar NCEA Statistics Summary used to discuss student achievement in meetings with the Senior Leadership Team.

The colour codes within the tracking sheet represent the following:

Standard has been completed, marked, achieved, moderated, published in Kamar

Standard has been marked, is awaiting final date entries, and moderation

Standard is not yet complete

Standard has not been started

The Student Standard Data Update tracking sheet is shared with students.  There are more comprehensive details included in the actual tracking sheet, such as NSN Numbers, Student Names etc.  For this reason, that particular tracking sheet is not fully ‘visible’ and embedded into my subject site.  However, the tracking sheet (including the one linked from the image in this post), includes hyperlinks to Class Task Lists (Tracking Sheets) for each standard, which IS visible in my subject site.

Profiling DigiTech Students

  • Multi-Level - The Student Standard Date Update tracking sheet also shows that the class is multi-level; made up of students undertaking NCEA Level 3, NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 1.  
  • Multi-Ability - As well as being multi-level, students within each level also achieve at various ability levels.  This is why the benefits of being able to differentiate using VTaL is particularly important in terms of meeting the learning needs of all students.  
  • Prior Knowledge - Of the twenty two students on the class roll, only three of those students took Senior DigiTech in the previous year.  The greatest cohort of students to join the class without prior knowledge from the previous year, is twelve Level 2 students.  This is why previous years of student exemplars shared in the DigiTech Google+ communities is particularly effective, in terms of helping to guide student learning.  
  • Attendance to DigiTech - Eleven students have 90+% attendance per week, five students have 80+% attendance per week, two students have 70+% attendance per week, two students have 60+% attendance per week, and two students have 30+% attendance per week.  In addition to this, three students arrived at different times during the year from overseas, and joined the class.  Student attendance and student start dates impact on student learning and student achievement.

Using VTaL Student Standard Data Updates to Identify Interventions

The Student Standard Data Updates visually shows a snapshot of where students are achieving at.  This information is used in one-to-one conversations between myself and students to identify student needs in terms of progressing forward in the project (and standard).  It is essentially a Formative Assessment Tool, with levels of hyperlinks to progress within a standard, as well as individual student progress.  The students can see how many credits each standard is worth, and a cumulative total of the number of credits achieved and required to gain a minimum number of credits within DigiTech.  This includes a breakdown of the credits offered in class time, and doesn’t include the credits and standards offered through our IT partners, Fusion IT and Techtorium.
Term 4 is going to be crunch time for the students!  Every day counts, every lesson counts.  So does ensuring that formative feedback is turned over quickly, is kept up to date, and accessible to the students!

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