Creating Games, Gaining Assessments

As I explore the role of games in assessment, I am expanding my vocabulary of some essential elements. Semiotic Domain: use of a set of modalities to communicate specific kinds of meaning (Gee, 2003). Internal Grammar [🍃, 🍎]: is "the principles and patterns in terms of which one can recognize what is and what is... Continue Reading →

Assessment Design Checklist 3.0

Over the past month, I have been developing a checklist of questions to ask myself while designing effective assessment for my students. Earlier versions are available here and here, but this table represents my final checklist. View the full document here. QuestionsEvidence of UnderstandingHave I started by articulating the needs of all students?- My assessment... Continue Reading →

Assessment Design Checklist 2.0

In a previous blog, I began to think about the questions that I should be asking myself. Previously, my list included just two questions, but now, my growing list of questions includes these four: QuestionsEvidence of UnderstandingHave I started by articulating the needs of all students?- My assessment was created after taking inventory of my... Continue Reading →

Refining a Formative Assessment Design

A few weeks ago, I began drafting a formative assessment for assessing computational thinking in KG3 and G1. As I learn more, I have made some updates, which are highlighted below; however, my goal remains the same: to develop an assessment that could be used for assessing computational thinking through BeeBots. Figure 1: Wuxi Nanwai... Continue Reading →

Designing Formative Assessment

I recently gave a professional development session about computational thinking and BeeBots because teachers were unsure of the terminology in the curriculum, lacked confidence with the tools (BeeBots, BlueBots, etc.), and were not sure how to assess these skills. As I reflect on what I'm learning about assessment, I would like to develop an assessment... Continue Reading →

Computational Thinking in Kindergarten

On May 15, 2020, I offered a professional development session for approximately 50 KG1, KG2, and KG3 teachers. This session included a brief introduction to what technology means, the Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) Framework, and a close look at the Design and Technology standards in the Nanwai King's College School Curriculum Framework. After... Continue Reading →

Getting International Schools Back to Work

Coping with a crisis is hard enough when it affects a family or a community, but now that we’re dealing with one on a global scale, there are unique challenges to the international school community.  It's common for international curriculum schools (including local private schools like mine) to employ teachers from 15+ nations making it... Continue Reading →


In the MSU MAET program, one of my favorite parts of the day were Quickfire Challenges. These were intense, brief challenges to explore tools and concepts quickly without worrying about making mistakes. Most of the time, I come away from the challenge with ideas about how the tool would improve my teaching, but one tool... Continue Reading →

Distance Learning and Copyright

Like most schools in China, the COVID-19 virus has plunged us into a nationwide test of Distance Learning. Many expatriate teachers like myself have found themselves planning and teaching lessons from all corners of the globe and without any of their regular resources. Distance learning can be a challenge when you are used to having... Continue Reading →

ACAMIS Conference

In October, I was delighted to share some current research and approaches to developmentally appropriate technology integration in the early years classroom. The ACAMIS conference, held at Concordia International School in Shanghai, attracts Chinese private and international schools who face common challenges of preparing students for digital futures from within the confines of a censored... Continue Reading →

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