Assessing Depth of Knowledge with Recap

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This week, we’d like to show you a few ways you can use our free video response and reflection app, Recap, for formative assessment. The big question on many teachers’ minds is “where do I start?”
You’ve probably heard about Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) model. According to Karin K. Hess, the schema “has become one of the key tools educators can employ to analyze the cognitive demand (complexity) intended by the standards, curricular activities, and assessment tasks.” We’d like to show you how you can use our simple tool, Recap, to understand how your students are progressing.
If your aim is to measure cognitive depth at any of the four DOK levels, use the question stems below to create your next Recap assignment (many of these questions came from the charts published by the Spencer Valley Elementary School District and the Oregon Department of Education).
• Can you recall______?
• When did ____ happen?
• Who was ____?
• What is____?
• Can you select____?
• Who discovered___?
• What is the formula for___?
• Can you identify___?
• How would you describe___?
• Can you explain how ____ affected ____?
• How would you apply what you learned
to develop ____?
• How would you compare ____? Contrast ____?
• How would you classify____?
• How are ____ alike? Different?
• What can you say about____?
• How would you summarize___?
• What do you notice about___?
• What conclusions can you draw _____?
• How would you test ____?
• Can you predict the outcome if____?
• What is the best answer? Why?
• What conclusion can be drawn from
these three texts?
• What is your interpretation of this text? Support your rationale.
• What facts would you select to support____?
• Can you elaborate on the reason____?
• What would happen if___?
• Can you formulate a theory for___?
• How would you test___?
• Present a thesis, drawing conclusions from multiple sources.
• Connect common themes across texts from different cultures.
• Design and conduct an experiment. Gather information to develop alternative explanations for the results of an experiment. Students can actually show the experiment as they explain it on video in Recap.
• Critique experimental designs.
• Apply information from one text to another text to develop a persuasive argument.
• What information can you gather to support your idea about___?
• Synthesize ideas into new concepts.
Once the students submit their video responses, you’ll be able to see their comfort level with the topics, give them feedback, adjust and personalize your lesson plans. You’ll also be able to share their responses with the class, so students can receive feedback and ideas from their peers. Additionally, all of their responses will be stored in the app, so they can always go back and review their body of work and see what they’ve accomplished over time.
Check out the charts from the Oregon Department of Education and the Spencer Valley Elementary School District for more Recap assignment ideas.

What is Recap?

Recap is a free student video response and reflection app for education, available on various platforms and devices. It helps even the quietest students find their voice in the classroom, while offering teachers a way to get to know students and see how they think. Educators all over the country are logging in to create assignments, watch student video responses and share videos with their students, parents and colleagues. Teachers and students are discovering the countless uses and benefits of Recap. See for yourself – create a FREE account below.