Delights the teacher, benefits the learner.

A PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH

According to research, the best way to promote learning is to influence evaluation. Almost every teacher has been in a situation where a learner asks “Will this be asked in the exam?” If the teacher answers “No”, it is clear for the learner that many other things are more important. We can also think of a situation where one of the topics evaluated in the spring school report would be the ability to take other learners into consideration. The parents would immediately realize that the matter is very important.

 

    • “Evaluation guides studying and learning more than any other factor in the learning situation.”(Entwistle & Entwistle, 1992; Hodgson & Pang, 2012; Segers & Dochy, 2006; Struyven, Dochy & Janssens, 2005)
    • “Integrating formative evaluation into the teaching/learning process has huge influence on learning.”(Hattie, J. (2012) Visible Learning for Teachers.)

 

The things emphasized in teaching will inevitably also show more in learners’ actions. If learners are asked to evaluate themselves and other learners in terms of how they treat each other every day, they will inevitably start paying more attention to how others are treated.

PURPOSE OF EVALUATION

Evaluation has at least two tasks: a formative and a summative task. The purpose of the summative task is to describe the progress and performance of learners for different parties, such as learners themselves, parents, a school for further studies, or the business sector. Summative evaluation plays an important role in schools and should not be underestimated! It motivates, encourages and rewards. On the other hand, it can also be used as an instrument of power. In the Finnish educational system, the final grades in the primary school and the upper secondary school are based on summative evaluation.

When we talk about evaluation in Qridi, we mean formative evaluation, which takes place in teaching every day and motivates and guides the learners. Evaluation of this kind should be seen as a process that aims to support learning and give learners feedback for their performance.

WHAT IS EVALUATED?

According to the new primary education curriculum, schools should evaluate factual knowledge in different subjects and the progress that the learners have made in their studies. Attention should also be paid to 21st century learning skills and behavior.

With Qridi, it is possible to evaluate and teach 21st century learning skills at the same time, in other words, the whole made up by knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and will, and behavior. The tool has been specifically designed for the evaluation and guidance of continuous learning. Without 21st century learning and behavioral skills, learners will find it difficult to deal with substance knowledge in different subjects. A school focusing on 21st century learning skills usually has successful learners.

Therefore, learners’ self-reflection is at the core of Qridi. Reflection can be related to information, substance, 21st century learning skills or behavior.

HOW DOES QRIDI WORK?

There are separate browser-based interfaces for teachers, learners and parents. The teacher’s user interface has been designed for use with a computer. The user interfaces for learners and parents, in turn, are available via a computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition, learners can download a mobile application for using the interface. We have paid special attention to the logic and visual appearance of the user interfaces.

Users will log in with special passwords and user IDs. Children can log in easily by using a QR code. We have especially taken into consideration learners who do not yet know how to read, and learners who prefer a more adult-like user interface. Log-in is also easy using MPASS and Google IDs. We can create more interfaces upon the customer’s request.

QRIDI’S BENEFITS

Qridi offers teachers a didactic tool for easily performing diverse formative evaluations in teaching. When all of its features are in use, Qridi is a school work organisation and evaluation tool for both teachers and learners.

With Qridi, learners can contribute to all phases of the learning process:

  • goal-setting
  • implementation
  • evaluation

Qridi helps learners develop their self-regulation capabilities. In addition, learners take responsibility for their efforts, thereby developing a strong sense of ownership over their learning.

1. GOAL-SETTING FEATURE

Studying means the goal-oriented acquisition of knowledge and skills. Qridi allows learners set goals for their learning. Learners can regularly think about and evaluate the progress they are making towards their goal. Teachers and guardians can monitor the fulfilment of the goals via their own user interfaces, and teachers can also set common goals for their groups.

The goal feature is most commonly used when the evaluation discussions between the learner, teacher and guardian are held at the beginning of autumn and spring. In these discussions, learners set 1–4 personal goals for the autumn or spring term with the assistance of the teacher. Learners are requested to evaluate the fulfillment of these goals a few times per month. It is a good idea to highlight the goals regularly in order to make them a more active part of daily life!

2. TASK LIST

The learning environment is not confined to the classroom only, but different learning environments at the school and in the yard, nature, urban environment, libraries and parks offer opportunities to implement the curriculum functionally. In addition, teaching is seldom centered around textbooks only. Instead, different types of electronic environments, games, web content, magazines etc. are used as a natural part of teaching.

With the task list, you can

  • organize your teaching, gather together functions taking place in different learning environments and see the phase that a learner has accomplished at a specific time; at the same time, learners will also see what is expected from them.
  • use the task list for the self-evaluation of the subject-specific goals set out in the curriculum.

The task list feature is very popular among teachers using the flipped learning method.

Read more about how Markus Humaloja is using Qridi.

3. SELF, PEER, GROUP AND GUARDIANS’ EVALUATIONS

In Qridi, teachers can also create various evaluation questions that can be compiled into self, peer or group evaluations for learners and evaluation questionnaires for guardians. Teachers can also evaluate learners. The evaluation can be about goals related to knowledge, skills, behaviour or extensive expertise skills. With Qridi, evaluations can be set to occur at regular intervals so that it is easy to highlight the selected aspects. At the same time, the evaluations performed over a long period of time are used to compile extensive reports that can be used in evaluation discussions or to support the planning of teaching. Performing a variety of evaluations can make learners stop and think about the way they do things. On the other hand, the accumulated data can help learners identify their strengths and areas that require more effort. Evaluations performed by different parties are displayed next to each other and help learners reflect their view of themselves with the views of others.

Read more about how Mikko Karjalainen is using Qridi.

4. DIARY

Learning journals provide learners with an opportunity to record and reflect on their learning process with the help of emojis and text, image and audio files. Teachers can also have dialogues with learners via learning journals.

For example, the learning journal has been used to:

  • Document the different phases of crafting
  • Support portfolio-based learning processes
  • Photograph math homework
  • Perform reading or listening tasks with audio files

Read more about how Marika Kerola is using Qridi.

Read more about how Mirva Ämmälä is using Qridi.

5. TEACHERS’ EVALUATIONS

Qridi also makes teachers’ evaluations easy, so learners can compare their self and peer evaluations with those of teachers. Where necessary, teachers can also apply settings that prevent the learners from seeing teachers’ evaluations.

Read more about how Teemu Tittonen and Rea Tiilikainen are using Qridi.

You can print yourself school characters for use in pre-primary and elementary education. Click the following link to access pictures, which you can use by entering the licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. In Qridi, the same characters can soon be attached to learners’ self and peer evaluation questions. This way, Qridi can also be used by learners who do not yet know how to read.