20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning. Formative assessment can help motivate students to continue their learning journeys and strive to learn more!

7 Authentic Assessment Tools

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Assessments have become a critical piece to education reform. To prepare students well for college and career means they must deeply learn the material and its application to their lives and future learning.That means assessing student knowledge authentically and accountably. Good assessments should verify: that students have unpacked a lesson and applied it rigorously. A well-formed assessment achieves these six characteristics constructively.

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Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning. 2015).

The 30 Second Assessment

Brilliant or Insane

I know a few teachers this year who are committed to assessing students without testing them. The post The 30 Second Assessment appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured assessment edchatBrilliant or Insane. That’s right: they’re not only ditching grades, they’re trying to ditch the tests that produce them too.

20 Sites for Authentic Assessments

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Here’s a good collection for both summative and formative assessments: Class badges. Rubrics/Assessments—create–KSchrock. More assessment tools: How to Prepare Students for PARCC Tests. 7 Authentic Assessment Tools. Teacher resources Websites assessments Grading automatically w G. Docs–Flubaroo. Hollywood Sq/Jeopardy Templates. Jeopardy Labs. No Red Ink –track student learning, create quizzes, CC-based–free sign-up.

How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect. Listen to Starr Sackstein share how to assess with respect. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect.

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Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

The challenge for me was to design an “assessment” that was meaningful. I had tried everything from the traditional book report style assessment to more creative movie trailers, but I didn’t feel like they accomplished what I wanted from a silent sustained reading assessment. Why couldn’t our SSR assessment be more like that? So, I decided to design a book club style chat assessment for our silent sustained reading.

10 useful tools for assessment with tech

Ditch That Textbook

We’re down to the final days of the school year at my school, and many students and teachers have turned their thoughts to assessment. End-of-course assessments. The assessment process can be engaging for students and more [.]. Ed Tech assessment creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education tech tools

20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning. Formative assessment can help motivate students to continue their learning journeys and strive to learn more!

Learning Resolutions For 2015

The Web20Classroom

In this article a study from Harvard Business School is cited which showed that when participants were allowed to reflect on a test, did remarkably better the on the next assessment. So I hope you''ll join me in these Learning Resolutions for 2015. Normally with the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year''s Resolutions. That feeling of starting over can bring thoughts of loosing those pounds put on over the years, exercising more, or spending more time with your kids.

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment can be drudgery. Or formative assessment can be fantastic. Teachers use formative assessments to get the pulse of the class, to see how students are progressing. When used correctly, formative assessments let [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology formative assessment gafe Google AppsWhen students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.

20 ways to use Formative for awesome assessment

Ditch That Textbook

Uncategorized assessment edtech educational technology feedback formative goformativeWhen I return graded homework to students, I sort of cringe on the inside. I’m never sure where all that hard work and meaningful feedback is going to end up. Sometimes it’s in the trash (or recycle bin). Sometimes it’s on the floor of the hallway. The worst for me: half-torn and sticking out of the [.].

10 Things You Don’t Know About Formative Assessment

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Assessments come in varied forms, and they’re executed for different purposes. While summative assessments attempt to measure mastery at the end of a learning experience, the best formative assessments illuminate the strengths and needs of learners throughout the experience, enabling teachers to respond in ways that are just right and just in time. Assessment formative assessment

Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

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. But this isn’t simply a matter of focusing on formative assessments instead of summative.

Students Assessing Teachers: 10 Critical Questions

Brilliant or Insane

The post Students Assessing Teachers: 10 Critical Questions appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Feedback assessment evaluation Brilliant or Insane. The thing about evaluation is that it seeks to judge. The thinking, practice, and work of those under review are often reduced to labels or numbers. Evaluators distinguish those who are proficient from those who are not. So much context is lost. Many other important things are as well.

As Teachers Fear PARCC Assessment, Principal Says, Let It Go

Brilliant or Insane

Like many administrators, I’m concerned with the stress that comes with the PARCC Assessment. Because of this anxiety, I crafted this letter to my staff, so they’d know I that I understand how they feel and how we need to face the PARCC Assessment. The post As Teachers Fear PARCC Assessment, Principal Says, Let It Go appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Innovation assessment PARCC Brilliant or Insane.

#110: Publisher Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

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This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. Use the assessment either as an indicator of skill level or to follow-up on learning, after teaching the following projects: Publisher magazine: the American Revolution. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their learning.

Five Formative Assessment Tools Recommended by Teacher Experts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You just asked a question to your class of 30 students. One student provides the correct answer, but how do you know everyone in the class grasped the concept? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. Currently, teacher-created assessments are by far the most common instruments for measuring students’ learning and providing feedback on a day-to-day basis. Recognizing the cost of human-graded assessment.

10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know

Brilliant or Insane

Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool. I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher. The post 10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Innovation differentiation edchatBrilliant or Insane. Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers.

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

User Generated Education

This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment. This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment. I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes. Related Resources: The Other 21st Century Skills: https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/the-other-21st-century-skills/.

5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

Catlin Tucker

” #4 Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading. As I wrap up 2015, I am incredibly thankful for the educators in my life who inspire me and motivate me to continue learning. At the end of each year, it’s fun to reflect on what I’ve written about and what other educators have gravitated to on my blog. This year the following 5 blog posts generated the most activity and conversation! #1 1 Thesis Statement Throwdown.

#109: MS Word Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. If your classes don’t cover all of these skills, adapt the assessment to your needs. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their learning. All of these skills are covered in a multi-year once-a-week project-based program, such as described in other parts of this blog.

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. nine: Why you should stop testing and start assessing

eSchool News

note : This year the editors selected ten stories we believe either highlighted an important issue in 2015 and/or signaled the beginning of an escalating trend or issue for 2016 (look for No. This April piece , on the difference between testing vs. assessing , was published as part of Innovation In Action, a monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education. Don’t get me wrong, I still assess learning.

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective. Exit tickets are powerful formative […] The post Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment edchat formative assessment

5 Ways to Storyboard the Assessment Design Process

Brilliant or Insane

The post 5 Ways to Storyboard the Assessment Design Process appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Innovation edchat storyboardBrilliant or Insane. Walt Disney gave us the storyboard: a set of images or illustrations that help designers visualize, experiment with, and sequence critical shots in a narrative.

15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Formative assessment is a process that takes place during the learning experience. I see formative assessment as the ultimate best practice, but I may be part of a small group of educators who feel this way. It’s not […] The post 15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured edchat formative assessment

Who Assesses What Outside School Walls?

Battelle for Kids

June 16, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 8. Driving Question: Who is responsible for assessing what for outside-the-walls learning experiences? I've got it. They want me to do my law project at their office and be an intern too!" Samuel emoted as he waived the letter from Grass, Thompson and Bell, LLC. Two days a week!" That's good news," noted Mr. Johnson, Samuel's advisor. Now what do I have to do?" Samuel asked. Make your outside plan." "I

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit … Welcome , Lt. Sioux City CSD – opening a K-5 STEM specialty school in Fall 2015. How do we assess student growth / development? Our current assessments aren’t up to the task. Kim Reynolds & Mary Andringa. STEM should be a catalyst for active learning. Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Exploring Iowa Archaeology ).

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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

Edudemic

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really […]. The post Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment appeared first on Edudemic.

The Perfect Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Perfect Assessment. So let’s dream about assessment. First, what is an assessment? In The Most Important Question Every Question Should Answer , I theorized that “the benefit of assessments for learning isn’t merely a more clear picture of understanding; Used properly, it can also inform the rest of the learning process, from curriculum mapping (what do we learn when?) to assessment design (how should future learning ideally be measured?)”

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques. These can be formal–formative or summative assessment, multiple choice, short answer, essay, matching, and related iconic “test” forms. We recently shared the Inconvenient Truths of Assessment , and one of the takeaways from that post by Terry Heick could be that rather focusing on the design of assessment, we could instead focus on a climate of assessment.–a

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. It’s an extraordinary amount of work to design precise and personalized assessments that illuminate pathways forward for individual students–likely too much for one teacher to do so consistently for every student. Student self-assessment is tricky, but a key matter of understanding.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

Jeff has also served as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College and State University, teaching graduate level courses in research and assessment. What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. I was fortunate that during my first year of teaching my principal strongly believed in growing new teacher's skills and confidence.

There’s no diagnostic value in locked-down summative assessments

Dangerously Irrelevant

Assessment Law, Policy, and Ethics Mind Dump assessment Diane Ravitch edreform policy testingDiane Ravitch said: It’s totally inappropriate to compare opting out of testing to opting out of immunization. One has a scientific basis, the other has none. The tests that kids take today have nothing to do with the tests that we took when we were kids. When we were kids, we took an hour test to see how we did in reading, an hour test to see how we did in math.