Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech
MARCH 21, 2017
Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” In today’s show on formative assessment, Monica will discuss: What is successful formative assessment. Kahoot.
What Makes a Good Assessment?
JULY 7, 2016
Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Is preassessment fair?
Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. We all struggle to know what students know “in the moment” so we can adjust our teaching. We need them to master the material. Lesson flow.
How to Really Use Data With Students
Brilliant or Insane
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
The post How to Really Use Data With Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured TTOGBrilliant or Insane. Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data. Within the class, reading abilities ranged significantly.
Re-Balancing Assessment: Moving Towards More Formative and Performance Based Approaches
JUNE 7, 2016
Part 1 of 2 Suggesting an Improved Approach to Accountability and Testing I recently had an informative discussion with Stuart Kahl, founding principal of Measured Progess. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Stuart has been at the. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
How To Design A 21st Century Assessment
TeachThought - Learn better.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
How To Design A 21st Century Assessment. In my book Digital Learning Strategies , I describe four considerations for Replacement Thinking around assessments. Whatever they create with digital tools should still represent what students were to learn. Instead, use the best tool to support learning (e.g., So how do we grow our students without grading them?
How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching
OCTOBER 13, 2015
Useful Tools for Teachers Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools. I’ve got some notes in this article that he mentioned in the workshop to give him due credit. How to Edit Your Padlet. Padlet lets you.
4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Practical Advice from Research to Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. This includes some important tips for adjusting your instruction based upon formative assessment. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes .
How to make time for innovation
The Christensen Institute
APRIL 20, 2016
Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. The PACE pilot program is the first federal-approved competency-based assessment pilot and allows a group of New Hampshire school districts to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.
How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World
Brilliant or Insane
APRIL 28, 2015
The post How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Infographics edtech feedbackBrilliant or Insane. Providing meaningful student feedback is a critical, yet often overlooked, part of teaching and learning in a digital world. Digital platforms as student feedback centers Many digital [.].
100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google. How to Manage a Classroom in Google. Assessment. Blog Posts.
50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]
MAY 30, 2015
Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote. I thought that some of you might be looking for a little summer PD and would take the 45 minutes or so to learn something new. Assessment Free Resources Get Inspired Get Organized How to.
Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge
MARCH 23, 2016
Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This show came from the “averaging grades” graphic (shown at the bottom) that he posted on Twitter asking if it is “fair” to average grades. Who is Thomas Guskey? Teaching
Moving past summative vs. formative assessments
The Christensen Institute
MAY 28, 2015
As competency-based education (CBE) gains momentum in higher education, the market is becoming increasingly crowded with companies and institutions working on competency-based platforms and online approaches to CBE. In addition, in having to consider a multitude of ancillary issues such as integrating adaptive learning technologies, creating e-portfolios, building repositories of content, and reimagining staffing models, many learning providers find themselves dealing with assessments as more of an afterthought. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach.
36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life
MAY 3, 2016
and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Today I’m celebrating my friend Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2016 The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Haiku Learning is the tool I use to blend my classroom.
5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. We’ll also be hosting a free webinar where I give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I set up my Learning Management System on November 30 at 4:30 EST. Register here. In the final analysis, don’t think that blending doesn’t apply to your classroom. My students need to be ready.
5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos
Class Tech Tips
MARCH 3, 2017
One of my most popular posts last year was a list of tools teachers and students can use to create how-to videos. It’s been lots of fun to see which ones teachers are most excited about and I often get a chance to lead hands-on workshops taking teachers through these tools in person.
Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. In this article, you’ll learn how to use SMART lab to build fast games and lessons. We’ll also look at how using this tool changes the lesson planning workflow. Tutorial: How to Make a Fast Game Based Learning Lesson with SMART lab.
7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding
MAY 10, 2016
Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. From simple sites to the tips and tricks to get you started, now is the time to learn to code. Teaching Tech Tips Tools
A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity
OCTOBER 20, 2016
A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock’s “5 W’s” to Evaluating Web Site Content I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources
JANUARY 12, 2016
30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Tip: One of the best ways to get ideas is to look at classrooms. Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom. Education How to Guides
5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks
MARCH 17, 2017
Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Formative assessment. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Canva.
How to help students become digital creators
APRIL 29, 2016
A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. Today’s students are creating learning cultures in which they are digital creators, and this transformation is benefiting districts across the nation, according to a new report. Get creative with space, scheduling, curriculum and assessment. • Start young.
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
AUGUST 15, 2016
Now that the buzz about flipped learning is calming and the novelty is wearing off, the time has come to dig a little deeper into the natural outcomes of flipping. Specifically, flipping can change the type of work students complete and the way in which class time will be used; it can modify the nature of assessment, and it can alter the way in which teachers will report student work.
Teachers: This change is causing dramatic gains in student achievement
MARCH 23, 2017
What if we could empower our teachers to turn student assessment into a process of learning instead of a focus on measurement? Further, what if this mindset change led to an increase in student achievement on tests? It’s something I first saw practiced by Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur, who has redesigned the culture of his classroom to have students own their learning.
How to hire technology leaders, not followers
MARCH 15, 2016
Just as a sculptor can take a rough block of granite and turn it into a piece of art, the leader of a 21st century organization must take a 20th century organization and sculpt it into its modern equivalent — an organization prepared to leverage technology to enhance education. In the past, schools were reasonably homogenous in their approach to teaching.
How to Teach With Videos
Ask a Tech Teacher
DECEMBER 14, 2016
I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Academia is transforming in a way that responds to most of its younger inhabitants: digital natives who have a knack for technology. To Assess Your Students. To Flip Your Classroom. Video apps.
How To Teach Empathy
TeachThought - Learn better.
AUGUST 31, 2015
How To Teach Empathy. The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”. According to Dr. Brene Brown offers a divisive take on the difference. Other how?
How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time
DECEMBER 3, 2016
Answer the question "Why does my child have to do this homework?" If you ever assign homework, you have likely dealt with the “Why does my child have to do this homework?” Without a doubt, we need to be prepared to answer their questions. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes. Parents and teachers need to be partners. Get Support.
10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier
JANUARY 27, 2016
From math class to history, you’ll learn something new. In today’s show, I’ll tell you how I’m using the Jtouch board in my classroom. But with Airplay and also a cool tool called LightCast, every single device in my BYOD classroom can broadcast to the Jtouch display at the front of my classroom. How do assignments work? Listen Now. I love it.
7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning
AUGUST 10, 2015
How do we know our students have really mastered the standards we are supposed to teach? Assessment coach Garnett Hillman helps us understand how our assessments need to change. (We We might even learn that we don’t have to grade so much and get better results.) We learn the tools and tips to help us with assessments. Sponsor.
Formative Assessment and Google Forms
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Formative assessment informs educators about student learning, and when done correctly , it also informs the students how to improve and move forward with their next goal. Teachers must know how to use the data to drive their instruction. You can choose which content area you''d like to look at. Click here to view the examples. Loading.
3 Ways Monsters and Minecraft Can Drive Great Teaching and Learning
JULY 10, 2015
Want your school to use Minecraft? This is THE episode to share ! How do you talk to kids about Minecraft in the classroom? How you can lead even when students know more about Minecraft than you do. How machinima is changing. How to turn students from consumers into creators. If you listen to one show on Minecraft, this is it.
3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing
JULY 16, 2016
Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Listen to this show: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher. How do we help students learn to set their own reading and writing goals?
How to Create a Curriculum Map
Ask a Tech Teacher
MARCH 31, 2015
If I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take. In other states, it’ll be how lesson plans meet their unique state standards. assessments.
Good Tools for Teaching Students How to Evaluate Web Content Credibility
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Source: Butler University Library, adapted from Meriam Library at CSU, Chico What are Your Favorite Tools and Techniques for Helping Students Learn how to Assess Web Content? Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. One of my favorite. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw
MARCH 7, 2017
When you have shared iPads, Seesaw is a fantastic way to get the work off the iPads and into the online classroom. Seesaw embodies simple authentic assessment. This is a tool you’ll want to notice if you’re using iPads. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Recommendations on assessment with Seesaw.