Technologies Support Materials
Assessment Principle 2
Assessment should be educative
Digital Technologies snapshot: Database
Technologies/Digital Technologies/Processes and production skills/Collecting, managing and analysing data/Digital implementation/Creating solutions by Collaborating and managing
Apply techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements
Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in structured English, including iteration
Implement data storage and organisation techniques within a programming environment
Use appropriate interactive digital technology to plan and manage projects, using an iterative and collaborative approach; identifying risks and analysing time, cost, production processes, safety, sustainability and legal responsibilities
Nature of the assessment
Individual student activity
Purposes of the assessment
To check students’ ability to design a survey and a process and mechanism for the collection of data and their ability to collect the data
Stage in the Teaching sequence
At the end of the learning cycle – summative assessment
The students were provided with the following scenario:
The school has participated in a number of inter-school sporting competitions and we want to evaluate our participation in these competitions.
We would like to find out:
- which sports students have previously represented the school in
- which sports students participate in, outside of school
- which sports they may like to represent the school in
- how likely they are to offer to represent the school
- whether there are different attitudes to inter-school competitions between girls and boys and year levels (Year 7 to 12)
- the extent to which the students value inter-school competitions.
The students were required to:
- Devise the survey questions and develop the survey tool.
- Design an algorithm to demonstrate the steps involved in the storage and retrieval of the information.
- Plan the data collection, including software and hardware requirements.
- Determine how the information would be accessed and kept secure.
- Provide a draft of the layout of the collection page (user interface) and a demonstration of how the information will be presented.
- Determine their sample size and how they would recruit students to participate in the survey.
- Collect the data.
- Provide a brief report of their findings to the school administration.
Using the information
The teacher used the activity to assess the students’ ability to carry out a complete project and provide evidence of their management of a project.