Marquita Blades

STEM Education Consultant & Speaker @ Dr. Blades Consulting

Presentation Title: Augmented Assessment: Using Augmented Reality to Personalize Learning

Abstract: In response to the diverse needs of students in the least-restrictive learning environments, standards-based instruction and personalized learning are becoming more popular. Personalized learning plans should be based on valid and reliable data from frequent formative assessments. Additionally, more schools are moving towards BYOD and one-to-one models for technology integration. The presenter believes that by using current innovations in technology, students will respond more favorably to frequent formative assessments, thereby producing authentic data upon which to base future instruction. In this workshop, the presenter will share practical and effective methods for using Augmented Reality applications to create and administer formative assessments to support standards-based instruction, the use of mastery checklists and proficiency scales to personalize learning and address students’ needs on an individual level. Attendees will walk away from this workshop with templates, exemplars and an action plan for incorporating AR into their current practice. Attendees should be prepared to download and work within applications during this session.

Biography: Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning Educator, international speaker, author, and education consultant with 16 years of experience as a high school science teacher and manager of national STEM programs for high-achieving high school students. During her time working with public school districts, Dr. Blades also served as a curriculum & assessment developer and professional learning facilitator for multiple school districts in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Dr. Blades earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Broad Field Science from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Blades is currently a full-time Education Consultant, the owner of Dr. Blades Consulting, and the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show-Candid Conversations that Create Change, a radio show dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades’ Consulting firm offers solutions to learning institutions and individuals through professional development programs, curriculum and assessment development, and conference development and programming services. When she is not working, Dr. Blades enjoys reading, cooking and traveling with her husband.