What Makes a Good Assessment?

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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.

2016 EdTechTeam Impact Report

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EdTechTeam produced professional development experiences in 10 languages for over 88 ,000 educators in 2016. EdTechTeam Online was launched in early 2016 to provide an online professional development experience on par with the face-to-face experiences EdTechTeam has offered for years.

How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. How Do I Create My First Assessment? education App assessment ipad learning lessons plenary Socrative

How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. How Do I Create My First Assessment? education App assessment ipad learning lessons plenary Socrative

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

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With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. Possibly that situation will change permanently in 2016.

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Learning As We Go: Looking Back on the EdSurge 2016 ‘State of Edtech’ Report

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We called it “The State of EdTech: Forces and Trends Shaping K12 Edtech” report. In 2016, that edtech figure looks like it will be closer to $1.03B. And 2016 saw plenty of companies stumble, from literacy tools to assessment products. Our initial assessment of edtech suggested that “learning models”—how we teach—was unanimously seen as the cornerstone of education. 2016 was an eventful year—politically, culturally, educationally.

Personalized Learning Needed in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms, Report Says

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But a lack of high-quality curricula designed to support that personalized learning is stalling the effort, according to a new report. New technology is key to allowing educators to provide this personalized support, the report says. K-12 student population and highlights the underlying need to rethink the way classroom learning is approached, the report says. See also: Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing?

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

One of last year’s most inspiring panels at the 2016 Reimagine Education conference was that which focused on alternative university models, where the innovation is fundamental and radical. Among them are the academics behind the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Project (ATC21S).

Report: Kindergarten Increasingly Pushing Academic Skills

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A new report suggests that accountability pressures have reached down through the elementary grades, causing kindergarten to become more focused on academic skills and less centered around opportunities for play.

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

The CoolCatTeacher

PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes us into assessment , project design , and teacher PD for more effective, meaningful projects that improve learning. We discuss the challenge of fair, consistent assessment of projects across schools and districts.

SmartAsset Report Analyzes Best Places to Be a Teacher

K-12 Schools - Education News

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the median annual pay for elementary and kindergarten teachers was roughly 40.4% The unemployment rate in the metro area was 4% in June 2016 and 3.6% (Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons).

What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN—the Consortium for School Networking — jointly create the Horizon Report. The 2016 Report is made possible by Share Fair Nation at go.nmc.org/2016-k12 ). Both the Horizon Report and Toolkit are free.

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Schoology launches Assessment Management Platform

eSchool News

Schoology Assessment Management Platform, or AMP, integrates learning management and assessment in one system, bringing together student learning experiences with comprehensive assessment and actionable reporting. Align assessments to standards and in turn, to curriculum.

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

Edsurge

Educators, I've learned, are experts in defining standards and benchmarks and then creating assessments to determine if students are on track; I’ve learned a tremendous amount about good learning and teaching just by watching them do this. What type of scope and sequence and assessment can we possibly employ to help define, develop, and measure these types of emotional and relational competencies?

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape

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The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level.

NATION’S REPORT CARD FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING LITERACY RELEASED

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has produced a nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy.

Digiexam and the future of assessment

EdNews Daily

One of last year’s most inspiring panels at the 2016 Reimagine Education conference was that which focused on alternative university models, where the innovation is fundamental and radical. Among them are the academics behind the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Project (ATC21S).

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Global K-12 Market for Personal PCs to Contract in 2016, Experts Project

Marketplace K-12

A decline in personal computer sales in the worldwide K-12 education market may be linked to faltering economies in other countries, particularly Latin America, a new report finds. market, according to a report from Futuresource Consulting, a London-based market research firm.

2 reports help leaders leverage ESSA

eSchool News

Two new reports offer school leaders research-based evidence to help them leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve learning outcomes for students. School leaders, policymakers can use ESSA to focus on boosting learning, achievement for students.

Global Assessment Certificate Investigation Questions ACT’s Integrity

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which runs the internationally recognized university preparation program Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) for students who do not have English as a first language, has come under scrutiny following a Reuters investigation that raises questions about. (Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons).

How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model

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Before I disclose my secret formula, let’s assess where you are–right now–in your technology integration efforts. For example, creative students may select drawing tools to share a book report while verbal students might choose word processing.

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IO Education, EADMS merger will expand online formative assessment

eSchool News

Complementary formative assessment solutions will help educators better leverage tools. IO Education and Educator’s Assessment Data Management System (EADMS), a provider of K-12 assessment and data management software, have merged to better leverage online formative assessment capabilities.

Sesame Offers Flexible Assessment/Communication Platform

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Portfolio tool keeps report cards from being a surprise. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

Report explores 3 college, career readiness strategies

eSchool News

Instead of wanting to assess students’ current knowledge, these stakeholders want to know more about students’ potential to achieve impactful and successful outcomes in the real world. Next page: Three readiness models in the report.

Under pressure, groups that assess colleges promise to take a closer look at graduation rates

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. The post Under pressure, groups that assess colleges promise to take a closer look at graduation rates appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment

Edsurge

We have created common unit assessments, focusing on what we believe to be the most important standards, and we are required to meet and discuss assessment results to evaluate our teaching effectiveness. The reconfiguring and implementation of these two areas—curriculum and assessment—undoubtedly costs money and time. We can’t continue to restrict student assessments to a simplified, out-dated system and expect to prepare them for an ever-changing employment environment.

Why Technology-Based Assessments Fill an Important Role in Instruction

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We live in an age of assessment in education. One of my friends -- who happens to be a vice president of a large banking institution -- loves to post about the paradox of assessment. Though assessment has become a high-stake component of education, it hasn’t always been that way.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. New Jersey and Michigan developed individual state tech readiness tools in preparation for (online) assessment,” she said. Alabama and I believe a few other states have annual inventory reports.

Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom

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For example, book reports were typed on the computer instead of handwritten, or math facts were practiced with a math game instead of flash cards. This is a question I get often from teachers: Technology is always an extra layer of work in my classroom.

Northwest Evaluation Association To Enter State Assessment Market

Marketplace K-12

Primarily known for its Measures of Academic Progress test—an interim assessment taken by students across the U.S.—the the nonprofit NWEA is diving into the more turbulent, and potentially lucrative waters of summative assessments. The goal of the new division is to support states in the development of “innovative accountability systems,” including proficiency assessment models, according to the NWEA’s official announcement.

Report: The major problems with U.S. professional development

eSchool News

Two reports detail how top-performing education systems use professional development each day. Two new reports reveal that in many top education systems, teacher professional development is built into their daily work as a means for school improvement and teacher quality.

CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

K-12 Schools - Education News

A newly-released report from the Center for American Progress has found that gains are being made in student achievement across numerous reform-oriented states and school districts.

Spending on Ed-Tech Hardware Hits $15B Worldwide, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

classrooms to support digital assessments and personalized learning, to the growth of different mobile personal computing devices in other parts of the world. The post Spending on Ed-Tech Hardware Hits $15B Worldwide, Report Finds appeared first on Market Brief.