Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. What does accessibility mean?

Documenting and Reflecting on Learning

User Generated Education

Documenting Learning. Silvia Tolisano sees documenting learning as: a process of intentional documenting serves a metacognitive purpose. being open for feedback ( Documenting FOR Learning ). Blogging as a Form of Documenting Learning and Reflection.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work.

3 ways real-world feedback could disrupt traditional assessments

The Christensen Institute

Innovative assessments are getting a fair amount of attention in K-12 policy circles as a handful of states gear up for the federal innovative assessment pilots and ESSA implementation gets underway.

Google Forms for Paperless Assessment: Documenting Communication with Parents

Inquire and Inspire

When exploring teaching practice through a 21st century classroom lens, many questions about assessment practices arise. How can teachers use available technology to make assessment practices more efficient? Click here to access the editable form.

Assessing Students Over Time and Also Saving Teachers’ Time

Now educators can make their instruction more effective and provide practice linked directly to progress monitoring and formative assessment results using free digital tools from Microsoft. Documenting Progress and Integrating the Process.

Learn Why EduSight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement | @EduSight


Jeff sits down with Vikram to discuss why EduSight is simply the best standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student achievement. Edusight is a standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student learning with grades, notes, photos, and audio/video comments.

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New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom

Catlin Tucker

this year I am bound and determined to move ALL assessment into the classroom! Click To Tweet This may sound like a crazy resolution given that most teachers spend hours of time outside of school assessing their students’ work.

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


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

How SAMR and Tech Can Help Teachers Truly Transform Assessment


But digitally documenting a student’s inquiries through substitution tools makes learning visible and provides formative feedback. For example, when my students create a digital concept map in coggle about a unit on biodiversity, they substitute a paper and pencil version of a concept map with a living document that can be shared and revised from home or school. Socrative , Kahoot and TopHat , are great tools for augmenting assessment, especially in flipped classrooms.

Triangulating Assessment via Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

When such tasks have been implemented, we then have the responsibility to gather meaningful information for assessment and evaluation purposes. The Triangulation of Assessment is an effective and authentic way to gather such data.

Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know there are some amazing formative assessment tools on the web. Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing - Michael Gorman ( ) . Training Documents.

How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Assess Student Writing in Google Docs with WriQ. WriQ is currently a FREE tool that helps teachers assess writing in Google Docs.

Google Forms for Paperless Assessment: Anecdotal Comments for Learning Skills

Inquire and Inspire

When exploring teaching practice through a 21st century classroom lens, many questions about assessment practices arise. How can teachers use available technology to make assessment practices more efficient? Click here to access the editable form.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

In the last two blogs, I have focused on strategies teachers can use to 1) assess prior knowledge before a lesson and 2) check for understanding during a lesson. I’ve suggested that teachers build mechanisms into their lessons to collect formative assessment data.

Silent Reading vs. Independent Reading: What’s the Difference? (plus digital tools to assess IR)

Reading By Example

Access to texts. Teacher monitoring, assessing, and support during IR. Assessing Independent Reading. The challenge then is: how do I assess independent reading? Next is a list of tools that I have observed teachers using for assessing independent reading. This is an iPad application that allows the user to draw, type, and add images to a single document. It is probably the tool I would use to document classroom formative assessment.

Use These Two Tools in the Classroom for Communication, Assessment, and More

Meanwhile, Edulastic provides an easy way to create formative assessments and analyze data. Organize files efficiently—any documents, pictures, or videos sent through the app will automatically save into a folder.

Organizing Descriptive Feedback with Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

Providing quality descriptive feedback is a significant part of day-to-day assessment practice. When report card time came around, it was difficult to generate a comment that reflected student improvement and achievement because I did not have access to all of the feedback.

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Breaking the Blockbuster Model


Recently, I’ve been a part of some really good conversations around trends in grading practices , parent access to the classroom curriculum , and use of UDL. Otherwise, provide physical copies of materials so that their access isn’t curtailed.

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Accessing Knowledge and Expertise

Connecting 2 the World

This is a continuation of my dissertation: The last two themes dealt with how the group and members accessed, created, and used knowledge and expertise. In the one theme, knowledge and expertise of perceived value often was used as currency within the power structure, with study participants sharing, accessing resources, or withholding their knowledge and expertise based on their analysis of situational factors within the environment.

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

The Hechinger Report

Children with his ethnic background are much more likely than their white peers to grow up in poverty , fail standardized assessments of math proficiency and skip college.

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What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are details you’ll like: All relevant teacher information is included on the teacher dashboard with links to dig deeper into standards, students, assessments, assignments, and more. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Personalizing Learning with Branching Google Forms


When it comes to addressing the modern challenges of formative assessment , the Branch Logic feature in Google Forms can do just that. Google Forms is a teacher favorite for collecting information, formative assessment and simple quizzes.

One surprising barrier to college success: Dense higher education lingo

The Hechinger Report

Cluttered with confusing terminology, it and other densely worded documents are a surprisingly significant barrier to students — especially students who don’t have college counselors to help them or parents with higher educations.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

You have to be a Certified Innovator to have access to the group, but there are Google Plus groups out there too.). Assessment. Online Assessment with Google Forms – this document gives walk throughs for Flubaroo and other tools to help you assess using Google Forms.

3 Free/Freemium Tools for Rubrics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Rubrics are a well-accepted, even transformative tool for assessing student knowledge over a breadth of criteria. The pre-online versions weren’t dynamic or flexible, couldn’t be re-used, and few teachers had the time or energy to build these summative, purpose-built assessments.

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Flipping Awesome Science

The CoolCatTeacher

So there are some students who are very active in athletics, they have a part-time job, they’re doing a ton of things at home, or maybe even internet access is limited. So it doesn’t matter if you use videos or document-based questions, or reading passages or anything.

Why an LMS? Why Canvas?

Tech Helpful

While we are not a full fledged competency-based school in the way we teach, we now have a place where administrators can quickly have access to class averages on assignments and even dig deeper to see individual student results.

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Teach Students to Track How Many Words They Read Per Minute Using Voice Typing and Google Forms

Catlin Tucker

Nothing can replace this formal assessment, but it’s helpful to teach students to track their words per minute between these reading fluency assessments. Once they had read their passage twice, they logged into Google Classroom to access a blank Google Document.

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10 Options for Polls and Forms in Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

They can also be tools that are easily integrated into warm-ups, exit tickets, and/or formative assessments such as these popular examples: Socrative. The TodaysMeet Room can be embedded into blogs and websites or accessed directly from the website.

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As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

Also in 2006, ministers of education from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development member nations agreed in Athens to develop a worldwide measure of learning called the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes.

Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

The Hechinger Report

Internal government documents, watchdog reports and interviews with veterans’ policy advocates, government staffers and other officials suggest that little has been done to crack down on colleges accused of predatory behavior.

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. ** This blog was originally posted at

Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

While facilitating a webinar series for MyInfinitec, an agency whose goal is to provide access to the core curriculum for all learners, I’ve taken another deep dive into the current accessibility features in Google.

4 Ways to Use Google Keep for Feedback and Assessment

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Use Google Keep for Feedback and Assessment appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 4 Ways to Use Google Keep for Feedback and Assessment. In this post, I’ve got 4 ways to use Google Keep for feedback and assessment.