Sesame helps teachers and students assess learning outside of paper-based testing. We do this in three main ways:
- Capture and organize conversations, observations, and student products in one place.
- Assess and give student feedback with customizable rubrics, checklists, and score tools.
- Track student proficiency in each curriculum strand over time with real evidence.
Sesame offer other benefits such as parent engagement and student peer feedback, but for now let's start with three main ones.
Capture conversations, observations, and products
Sesame empowers students to independently capture learning from their perspective and upload artifacts, which Sesame refers to as "Snaps", from their iOS, Android, or web devices. Teachers can easily organize artifacts by student portfolio or folders, which Sesame refers to as "Activities", in order to review and assess learning.
Here are some examples of how Snaps and Activities are commonly used:
- Teachers create an Activity for each week's exit ticket, where students upload a Snap with video recording of a reflection on what they have learned.
- Students take a photo of their hands-on task and tag group members in the Snap so it is uploaded to each person's portfolio.
Document assessment as, for, and of learning
Sesame makes it easy to give effective feedback with customizable Assessment Tools including rubrics, checklists, and scores. Furthermore, feedback is displayed side by side with Snaps to emphasize student's success and areas of improvement.
Here are some examples of how Assessment Tools are commonly used:
- Students submit work to an Activity as a drop box, and then the teachers can review it on any device and give feedback that is instantly available to the students.
- Teachers use a similar rubric that assesses Knowledge, Inquiry, Communication, and Application multiple times throughout the semester to help students improve over time.
Track assessments with curriculum standards
Sesame makes it possible to tag curriculum standards directly to Snaps or rubric criteria to visualize student proficiency over time. It give teachers the confidence and credibility to demonstrate learning in their classrooms.
Here are some examples of how Standards Tracking is commonly used:
- Tag the Growing Success Achievement Chart to rubric criteria and visualize each student's most recent and most consistent assessment.
- Encourage students to identify and tag learning skills to their Snaps so teachers can review evidence of learning over time for each skill.
I hope that gives you an idea of what Sesame is and how it can help you and your students. Have fun exploring and don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!