Posted by: bwoof | September 27, 2009


Today I learned that Markbook has some powerful features which actually allow us to collect assessment data in categores (knowledge, communication, appliction, thinking) AND by type (diagnostic, formative, summative)

Now, all I have to do is figure out how best to communicate this to others.

Grateful for:

  • Snagit, my most wonderful and awesome screen capture program
  • Sonja who always has a new list of books to recommend

Curious about:

  • what happens to oxycontin after the teens have stolen it from the drugstore?
  • how to support someone whose daughter may have been involved in the incident noted above
  • how to get everything done this week
  • whether or not the Ancaster Fair was a success even though it rainedancasterfair


  1. I had noticed the same thing you did about assessment types. I also read Appendix A of the Markbook Manual. From how I read it, I will stick with keeping 2 sets of marks, Report Marks and Assessment marks. Report marks being all the summative stuff and equal the minimum mark a student has achieved. The Assessment mark file being used to justify higher marks later on as a result of students demonstrating what they have learned earlier, but just not performing as well with the summative task as they had on earlier tasks.

    One of the difficulties with the Formative type is that it is either all included or none included. For the Diagnostic, you still need to allocate it a weight of “0” so it is not counted, or put it in another mark set.

    Just my 2 cents worth….btw, reading this is rather cool….I love the Grateful and Curious sections. Great reflection idea. Also, it amazes me how positive you constantly stay regarding tech and asymmetrical learning despite all the roadblocks that are set up (I say this as I just encountered not being able to book 1 of 2 classes into a lab for the next 2 weeks by which time the unit is over…grrr…..need more labs).

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