Abstract 13- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009




Using Internet Applications to Enhance Formative Assessment and Soft Scaffolding in the Social Studies Classroom

Gerry Swan
University of Kentucky


Face-to-face discussion is a significant part of many courses and often suffers from a lack of preparation on the student’s part. While there are many ways to provide accountability for reading, these approaches can result in extra grading and are not necessarily leveraged by the instructor in guiding and structuring the in-class discussion. In this paper, I discuss the initial implementation of an open source platform that provides the opportunity to utilize reading quizzes in a formative manner through color-coded displays.

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About the Author(s)…

Gerry Swan is an assistant professor of Instructional Technology. He is a member of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Swan’s interests include the use of interactive media with instruction and computer managed instruction and research. His research interests include the development and use of open source online environments to facilitate the use of Data-Driven Decision Making, Knowledge Management, and Continuous Improvement.

Contact information: College of Education/College of Engineering, 134 C Taylor Education Building, Lexington, Kentucky 40506; Phone: 859-257-2340; Email: gswan@uky.edu.