169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today’s tip: #151–8 Popular Year-long Assessments. Category: ASSESSMENTS. Sub-category: Classroom management. Assess them anecdotally regularly to track progress. Effort —assess student tech knowledge based on process not product.

Google Adds New Classroom Features. Use Them Responsibly.

techlearning

Google has added some new features to Classroom. Like any edtech tool or feature, these new Classroom additions can be abused, focusing not on historical thinking skills but low level learning. What kinds of questions are most used in a Google Form assessment?

Math Scores Drop, But Achievement Gap Narrows for U.S. Teens in International PISA Assessment

Edsurge

The results are in: The National Center for Education Statistics today released its findings for the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The assessment, which has been administered every three years since 2000, measures math, science and reading literacy of 15-year-olds in 73 education systems around the globe.

5 Digital Tools That can Help Educators Manage the Workload

EmergingEdTech

Guest writer Nancy Lin offers 5 free web apps with phone based counterparts, that can be a huge help in classroom. Not so long ago, teachers had to rely largely on an extensive knowledge base, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

When you walk into a classroom, how can you be sure that students are really on their way to being college- and career-ready? Here's what to look for next time you walk into a classroom: Core Practice 1: Know the discipline well. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations.

Does the Word ‘Teacher’ Still Describe What Educators Do in the Classroom?

Edsurge

To Williams, that definition had built up too many negative connotations over time, including the implication that she was simply standing in front of a classroom dictating to children—something she felt was an inaccurate depiction. There are titles like “digital learning coordinators” whose responsibility is to identify and implement technology to support classroom instruction and monitor learning results. She notes that many who attend have no intention to teach in classrooms. “No

[Throwback Thursday] 5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

When you walk into a classroom, how can you be sure that students are really on their way to being college- and career-ready? Here's what to look for next time you walk into a classroom: Core Practice 1: Know the discipline well. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

Ask a Tech Teacher

” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Knowledge work — includes professional development and on-the-job training.

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THE HOW: Tricks for Digital Testing

Tech Helpful

Shuffle answers and show one question at a time - When setting up your quiz click on the options that shuffles the answers for wandering eyes that can see a mark but not necessarily see the wording in a classroom setting.

How to Prepare Your Students for College

Benchmark Education

A New World of Technology—in Classrooms, Around the Globe. Why Use Technology in the Classroom? How Do We Use Technology in the Classroom to Maximize Learning? Want to know how your students are actually processing texts—the holy grail of embedded formative assessment?

What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

For many of us in the chat we felt that new teachers are not necessarily entering the workforce equipped for a tech-rich classroom. Understanding the dynamics, classroom management and benefits of blended learning needs to be on the new teacher's radar.

Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

Something that could adapt with the ever changing knowledge base educators and students could pull from along with being more personal. I can remember many an afternoon spent in high school science and math classrooms talking about CK-12 Flexbooks. Using Google Classroom?

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

It appears that much of the focus for improvement has been on creating rigorous classroom instruction to increase student achievement measured by the highly contested standardized tests. Next, teachers work collaboratively to plan both instruction and assessment using the curriculum maps.

Making an Impact with Games?

ProfHacker

I’ve written a lot about using and making games for the classroom here at ProfHacker, as while games and learning have been around for a long time our ability (and interest) in realizing their potential is on the rise.

What does it mean to be a teacher in higher education for the next decade

Linways Technologies

Even though technologies like the VR, AR, and AI hasn’t quite penetrated into the classrooms yet, at the current rate, it will probably happen within the next decade or so. So as a teacher, you at least need to have a working knowledge about technology, internet, social networking etc.

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

Since the days of writing on wooden shingles with charcoal in one-room school houses, an increasing array of objects – pencils, paper, scissors, paste, books, and microscopes, to name a few – have been routinely used in classrooms to help students deepen understanding and record and communicate what they learned. The social and emotional aspects of the classroom environment affect student learning.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Expanding the knowledge base for more conversation is problematic because you need to increase the static responses and link them to new requests and questions. So, if you have a student who needs responses on space, a space knowledge library is generated. By Charles Sosnik.

ETA hand2mind Unveils Daily Math Fluency at 2018 NCSM/NCTM Conferences

techlearning

Developed by elementary math expert Brittany Goerig, Daily Math Fluency activities are designed using visual models and manipulatives to support classroom math curriculum without cutting into instructional time. She spent 17 years in the classroom as an elementary math teacher.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. You also note that one teacher’s classroom is outperforming the others by a large margin. I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years.

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Good, Bad, & Ugly: Blended Learning Effectiveness #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Critical thinking is grounded in knowledge bases. For the sake of civil society, our young people need to finish high school with a massive base of knowledge. Just because there is technology in a classroom, doesn't mean it is an effective learning environment.

SMART, Samsung offer a boost for collaboration

eSchool News

The SMART Samsung Chromebook 3 Bundle features SMART amp and is fully integrated with Google Classroom and Apps for Education. SMART amp is a cloud-based solution, available on virtually any browser-enabled device.

Novel Ideas for Writing Instruction

techlearning

All of our teachers have had ample professional development in writing process and pedagogy, which helps to provide a strong knowledge base around the most effective practices,” says Gale.

Lessons from a school without walls

The Hechinger Report

No classroom walls divide them. “It There are no classrooms but rather a series of contiguous, multipurpose spaces arrayed around the central stairs, which themselves double as social meeting areas or lecture seats.

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Daily Edventures

I saw the joy of searching, discovering, and acquiring knowledge in their eyes. Economou believes the devices in his classroom ensure that instruction is individualized, multiple representations are supported, and that research and the quest for information are promoted. “I

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

eSchool News

As this movement gains traction, formative assessment tools will become critically important to the iterative process of maximizing the learning environment and customizing instruction to meet students’ needs.

Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change

Edsurge

And that we would be able to build a learning environment based on technology that would eventually be all digital, that would meet the needs of all students. And that assessment should not be something where you take the kids out of a learning environment, throw them into a lab and test them separately. Yeah, it's a little bit better because it's in real time, but we haven't fundamentally changed the way the classroom works—the way we learn and the way we teach.

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Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction?

MindShift

In the last few years there has been more focus on writing in classrooms and on tests, but many students still have difficulty expressing their ideas on paper. And, McHugh has found that the writing exercises help her see where students have gaps in their knowledge.

Common Core and Service Learning PBL Professional Development

wwwatanabe

Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating a Common Core and Project Based Learning professional development class for 7th-12th grade teachers. Prior to my training, they had two days of ELA Common Core and one day of deconstructing performance assessments for ELA Common Core.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

The Traditional Model The traditional model used by organizational learning theorists begins with the depth of knowledge. This can further be linked to depth of knowledge being greater as it is internalized (Yaklief, 2010), as exhibit 2 illustrates. The greater the level of internalization of knowledge, the greater perceived depth of knowledge (Allee, 1999; Herling, 2000; Yaklief, 2010). Individual content knowledge: Resume and portfolio of work.