Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

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Whether schools are 1:1 or still relying on computer carts, the move to online assessments creates new needs from devices to professional development to data privacy policies. Have an instructional framework centered around curriculum design before talking about assessment.

Innovative Assessment Pilots Should Support Equity, and Strive for Broad Impact, Groups Say

Marketplace K-12

Advocacy groups and testing organizations urged the U.S. Department of Education to place an emphasis on equity in making awards through its innovative-assessment program.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. ” Against that backdrop, Education Week canvassed the field for insights on new developments in the use of technology to support special education. Some promising technologies, such as virtual reality, are still very much in the experimental stage.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. That means we shouldn’t just use edtech to replace worksheets, run “drill and kill” exercises, or crunch assessment performance numbers. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools. Access to technology alone isn’t enough.

Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

Improving Education Environments

But the premise of the article is worth testing out — a research study borne of instructional technology use at the New Jersey Institute of Technology showed that robo-readers could be put to good use to help students see problems in their writing, in part because students are more willing to engage their writing over the computer rather than with a human teacher. The software was developed to meet assessment needs in a manner that notes ease, economy and standardization.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

edWeb.net

Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we? During their presentation, “Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities,” they discussed the lessons they learned when they made the transition and what they would change if they could. First, Robbins proposed several key questions leaders should ask before even considering online assessments.

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

MiddleWeb

Book Reviews Engagement advocacy assessment authentic audiences Corwin empathy Heather Wolpert-Gawron movement project based learning real world applications research Sarah Cooper student engagement student survey teacher interviews technologyYou might look at Heather Wolpert-Gawron's table of contents in "Just Ask Us" and think that you’ve seen these topics before.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes. The story of factory electrification has a parallel in education technology. With Fauteux’s success, LPS began spreading the spreadsheet-based technology and teaching practices to its other classes and schools.

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

NeverEndingSearch

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? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These assessments might be used to engage learners in discussion before an inquiry. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.

Edsurge

The Power of Assessment Digging through Jason’s files and coming up empty reinforced my belief that, if we had a true district-wide RTI framework with a uniform approach to assessment, we would have uncovered Jason’s needs sooner.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

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In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Technology allows teachers to expand their lessons outside of the classroom and make connections beyond their communities.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Who’s the decider?

Reading By Example

As well, our assessments are not as clean as, say, a blood test you might take at the doctor’s office. Advocacy Assessment classroom instruction Communication data qualitative data quantitative data RtI Technology Amanda Datnow digital portfolios Genesis Cratsenberg ILA Samantha Mosher Vicki Park

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Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

Hack Education

This is part ten of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Perhaps it’s no surprise that there was so much talk this year about education, technology, and emotional health. The current (and long-running, let’s be honest) fascination with AI is deeply intertwined with science and speculation about the functioning of the brain and the possibilities for that organ’s technological improvement.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. And it would not be possible, Trout said, without small-group instruction and the assistance of classroom technology that helps her deliver a custom-fit lesson for each student. And various technology companies — from no-name startups to behemoths like Pearson — boast of new programs meant to facilitate this style of education. That’s where technology comes in.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

Reading By Example

The purpose of this post is not to decry Accelerated Reader, although I do know this reading assessment/incentive program is not viewed favorably in some education circles. We ceased using a few other technologies as well, each for different reasons. Using multiple assessments in the fall (STAR, Fountas & Pinnell), we found that our students needed more support in reading, specifically fluency. This post describes how our school stopped using Accelerated Reader.

School Libraries Work! 2016

NeverEndingSearch

You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. Reaching beyond the state level, Sc hool Libraries Work shares findings from the National Center for Literacy Education, as well as School Library Journal’s analysis of the relationship between librarian staffing and the National Assessments of Educational Progress fourth-grade reading scores. advocacy school librarians school libraries

Boys Will Be Boys

Reading By Example

Is this a fair assessment? Advocacy Learning Literacy principal as an advocate Reading Reflection Technology Writing behaviors boys engagement literacyMy son, appreciating the view of the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania. At one point in the school year, I was in my office with two different students, both males. A primary student was sent out of class because he refused to complete his math work.

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Learning Walks

A Principal's Reflections

I have routinely written and spoken about the concept of a Return on Instruction (ROI), which states that when integrating technology or implementing innovative ideas the result should be evidence of improved student learning outcomes. To help achieve an ROI we increased the number of formal observations and evaluations, collected learning artifacts (lesson plans, assessments, student work, etc.) As you see from the form, the primary focus is on learning, not technology.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction. Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. While I had initially budgeted for a lot of technology through a local grant application, the students surprised me by electing for better furniture in which to explore their passions and wonderings. The lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction. Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. While I had initially budgeted for a lot of technology through a local grant application, the students surprised me by electing for better furniture in which to explore their passions and wonderings. The lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

Edsurge

Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. It is difficult for teachers to really understand what data to act on and how assessment results should change their daily practice. Principles such as there should be data from multiple sources and data is only as good as the instrument or assessment from which it is derived.

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What School Leadership Can Learn From 2020

Edsurge

It has also forced school leaders to become more creative, outspoken and innovative in their advocacy and leadership—lessons they will take with them to help drive change in 2021. In parallel fashion we should begin by self-assessing the environments and communities in which we work.

The Lessons Learned Online That Will Shape Education After the Pandemic

Edsurge

It forced school systems to not only rethink their instruction but also figure out how to best use technology to facilitate instruction. Education Technology Remote Instruction Nonprofits STEM

The Power of Rubrics—Students Take Control of Their Own Learning and Achievement

EdNews Daily

As Rachel’s story illustrates, in addition to being outstanding assessment tools, rubrics perform another, equally important function. For rubrics to serve as a teaching tool, as well as a valid assessment tool, they must meet certain criteria. A Tool for Self-Advocacy.

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

School librarians scout and evaluate emerging technologies and introduce them to the entire learning culture, often leading a school’s professional development efforts. With our classroom teacher partners, we build instruction; we build projects and assessments that focus on creativity and knowledge building using the information tools and strategies of our time. advocacy school librarians school libraries

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North Carolina New Schools Shuts Down, Cites Rapid Growth

K-12 Schools - Education News

In addition, the organization increased its focus to include early college high schools, regional specialty high schools, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) schools, as well as the coaching of teachers and principals. Deputy State Superintendent Rebecca Garland said that the organization has worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for over ten years: “We really have not had a chance to assess the impact yet,” Garland said.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

For example, I hosted several technology training sessions for teachers to attend during the school year. Assess whether we are learning more and getting better. One approach I like and utilize annually is collaboratively assessing student work. Here are few pictures of our most recent collaborative assessment, in which teachers were engaged in a gallery walk of student writing: This is a cyclical process, which is really a nice model for what all learning looks like.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

For example, I hosted several technology training sessions for teachers to attend during the school year. Assess whether we are learning more and getting better. One approach I like and utilize annually is collaboratively assessing student work. Here are few pictures of our most recent collaborative assessment, in which teachers were engaged in a gallery walk of student writing: This is a cyclical process, which is really a nice model for what all learning looks like.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors. Glaring in its absence from this list: “personalization,” one of the most trumpeted technology “solutions” this year. (I’ll Moreover, per this ideology, without the aid of algorithms and “personalization” technology, human educators and traditional institutions have historically failed to meet the needs of individuals as individuals.

UPDATED: Live Interview on Monday Jan. 31 - Karen Cator on the National Education Technology Plan

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Karen Cator, the Director of the Office of Education Technology , on education, technology, and the 2010 National Education Technology Plan. Event and Recording Page : [link] Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple''s leadership and advocacy efforts in education.

Students Are Learning Outside of School. Why Don’t They Earn Credit for It?

Edsurge

More than ever, technology, food security and Wi-Fi access continue to be frontline barriers to accessing quality education, which I see every day as the director of maker experiences and entrepreneurism at an inner city high school in Washington, D.C.,

They helped all schools get good internet, now they?re focusing on homes

The Hechinger Report

And the level of advocacy and support for a solution has snowballed. Marwell said his team is leading pilots in districts and states to refine methods of assessing who needs internet access in a given community. In October I shared the news that the classroom connectivity gap in U.S.

Is This Video App Safe? Mozilla Privacy Report Offers a Look

Edsurge

She is the vice president of advocacy and engagement at the Mozilla Foundation, which today released a new report examining the privacy and security policies of 15 commonly used video-conferencing apps. Education Technology Video Instruction Technology Tips Remote Instruction

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A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

Edsurge

As the years pass, the gap between Jennifer’s and Maria’s access to technology widens: Jennifer has everything she needs at her fingertips, while Maria does not. But it’s not just Maria who is falling behind due to her lack of access to educational technology and resources.

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5 common insights from state education leaders

eSchool News

These state level purchases may include anything from Student Information Systems (SIS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), Assessment Management Systems (AMS), to Learning Object Repositories. I remember when State Education Agencies (SEAs) primarily focused on compliance.