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How NOT to Assess Student Writing

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In my school, every teacher assesses writing. If I use Common Core as an example, here’s what these Standards call out as important about writing (slightly rephrased from the Anchor Standards): Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

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

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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.

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17 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day

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rework existing lesson plans in the school’s mandated digital program that too often, changes every year. the digital devices–computer or Chromebooks or iPads–won’t work on the Big Day. Luckily, Common Core–and many State standards–provide an excellent starter list of seven ways to blend technology into your everyday teaching: have digital ebooks included in your class library. Use a digital timer for quizzes or other events.

7 Skills Students Need for Today’s Classwork

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You rarely see a lesson that doesn’t ask for online this or digital that. Students are expected to collaborate and share online as young as kindergarten when they read digital books or draw pictures using iPad apps. By middle school, they work in online groups through forums, wikis, and Google Apps. Doing a project that uses Google Docs or MS Word doesn’t mean students will apply that knowledge to the year-end PARCC and SB tests. Digital Citizenship.

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I''ve written quite a bit about assessing writing (ad nauseum) via digital means, reading instruction and assessment have remained a primarily paper-based enterprise in my class. While students can create projects, take quizzes, write responses digitally via BYOD and 1:1 using Google forms and docs, I''ve been missing a digital method for close reading of texts in my bag of instructional tricks.

In the Teacher's Lounge: Using Edmodo to Teach Digital Literacy

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I had the pleasure on Tuesday last week to give a webinar on how I use Edmodo to teach my students digital literacy skills and help prepare them for digital assessments. My students piloted the PARCC last Spring and it became clear that knowing how to effectively navigate through a website will impact student scores on the Common Core assessment. Here is a copy of my Google Slides so that you can access the resources linked in the presentation.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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” 2010 was also the year that the Common Core Standards Initiative was enacted in response to numerous indicators of low student academic performance. Although the Common Core itself elicits mixed feelings , its effect on edtech is unwavering: “Integral to the Common Core was the expectation that they would be tested on computers using online standardized exams. ” 1:1 + Common Core = $$$$$.

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Subscriber Special: July

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Building Digital Citizens. delivered digitally to your school or District. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. delivered digitally to your school or District.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

By the way, this resource is excellent for any Google for Education school that uses the Chrome browser, not just Chromebooks! While I can’t actually fit 100 ideas into this blog post and podcast episode, I can offer you a FREE Google Chromebook resource that is loaded with ideas, lessons, apps, and more! I want to introduce you to the Chromebook App Hub from Google. Each Idea Spark includes the name of the author, their location, and their Google Certifications.

Online College Credit Classes Forming

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Here are the the ones I’m currently offering: The Tech-infused Teacher: The 21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher. Teachers will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, and publish digitally. Assess student technology use organically.

Classes in Remote Teaching

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Here are the the ones I’m currently offering: Building Digital Citizens. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. digital commerce. digital communications. digital search/research.

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

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Teacher monitoring, assessing, and support during IR. The authors also cite the Common Core Anchor Standard that addresses independent reading: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10. 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 information can be backed up to Google Drive, Evernote, and other cloud storage options.

College Credit Classes in Remote Teaching/Blended Learning

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Here are the the ones I’m currently offering: Building Digital Citizens. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. digital commerce. digital communications. digital search/research.

How to Prepare Students for PARCC/SBACC Tests

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By starting these tasks in Fall, you’ll be ready when yearly assessments arrive in April-May: Between March and June, 2015, nearly five million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia completed the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing to measure student accomplishment of Common Core State Standards in the areas of mathematics and English/language arts. Tests were administered via digital devices (though there are options for paper-and-pencil).

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Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-12 Tech Curriculum

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The K-12 Technology Curriculum is Common Core and ISTE aligned, and outlines what should be taught when so students have the necessary scaffolding to use tech in the pursuit of grade level state standards and school curriculum. grade levels include base topics of keyboarding, digital citizenship, problem solving, digital tools for the classroom, and coding. K-12 Student Workbooks (digital only) are a great addition. TeachersPayTeachers (digital only).

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

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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. 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.

Why Game Based Learning Is the Right Choice for Remote Teaching

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SplashLearn is an easy-to-use COPA-compliant, Common Core-aligned math curriculum for grades Kindergarten-5th that uses game-based learning to teach mathematical concepts. Assess learning –today’s favorite is gameshow webtools such as Kahoot and Quizizz.

What is Standards-based Grading?

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Today, many educators want to not only evaluate progress at a point in time but optimize that against the ongoing standards their school mission is built on such as Common Core, International Baccalaureate, NGSE, or TEKS. 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.

NaNoWriMo: An #EduAwesome Project for Your #BestYearEver

Educator Innovator

Bonus: the online NaNo community serves as a perfect avenue for teaching (and practicing) digital citizenship. exchanging excerpts in a shared Google Doc. Common Core aligned : While “Common Core aligned” doesn’t really make my heart sing, the reality is that most of us must use curriculum that meets certain standards. Educator Innovator Blog Edutopia National Novel Writing Month Partners digital citizenship edutopia NaNoWriMo

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

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Educators participate in this three-week hands-on quasi-writer’s workshop as they learn to use widely-available digital tools to help their students develop their inner writer. Strategies introduced range from conventional tools such as quick writes, online websites, and visual writing to unconventional approaches such as Twitter novels, comics, and Google Earth lit trips. Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

Back to School: A Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price

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175 pages, delivered digitally via PDF. These five tools (included) help you start Day One and can be used throughout the year: 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom. The 56-page 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom is a thorough discussion on which are the most useful tools in any K-8 classroom, classified by appropriate grade level. This is the same as the Ask a Tech Teacher resource, 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom You don’t need to purchase both.

What is Actively Learn and Why Should I Try it?

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It provides reading resources either uploaded by the teacher or selected from the platform’s library of thousands of fiction and nonfiction books (some free; some through Prime plans), Common Core-aligned lesson plans, videos, or simulations. Once teachers create an account, they set up their classrooms either by importing student lists from Google Classroom, Microsoft, Clever, or Edmodo, or by providing the class join code to students.

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Tech ed Resources–Online Classes

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Minimum enrollment of 5; delivered digitally to your school or District. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs. Building Digital Citizens. Delivered digitally to you.

Last Chance for this Online College-credit Classes–DigCit and Tech Tools for Writin

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MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. digital commerce. digital communications. digital footprint, digital privacy. digital rights and responsibilities. digital search/research. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Know how to blend digital citizenship into lesson plans that require the Internet.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

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Here are the four I’m currently offering: Building Digital Citizens. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. digital commerce. digital communications. digital footprint, digital privacy. digital rights and responsibilities. digital search/research. Be comfortable in your knowledge of all facets of digital citizenship.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

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By request; delivered digitally to your school or District. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs.

More Holiday Activities That Keep the Learning Going

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Here’s how you do it: Open your word processing program (MS Word, Google Docs, or another). Comics are a timely visual medium for digital storytelling done in a way that resonates with students. This is a fun team activity to assess student knowledge on a topic.

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169 Tech Tip #127: 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes

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These are like the games students love and teach important to Common Core standards as well as the demands of life. Provide homework via a screencast or a Google Hangout and then do a project using the skill during class time. . Assess knowledge, but remember: Assessment isn’t static —nor is it ‘bad’. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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Subscriber Special: September

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Here are five tools you can start Day One and use throughout the year: 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom. The 56-page 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom is a thorough discussion on which are the most useful tools in any K-8 classroom, classified by appropriate grade level. This includes popular digital tools such as blogs, backchannel devices, vocabulary decoding tools, avatars, digital portfolios, digital note-taking, and more.

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)

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Students and teachers can certainly use the AllSides platform on its own to conduct news searches for nearly any topic or issue and discover far more about the spectrum of perspectives than they might in a standard Google search. Registered teachers access a host of tools, lesson plans and assessments, as well as email updates. credibility critical thinking digital citizenship digital literacy media literacy news news literacy Allside

Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

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Building Digital Citizens. Minimum enrollment of 5; delivered digitally to your school or District. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Building Digital Citizens.

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College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education

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Here are the four I’m currently offering: Building Digital Citizens. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. digital commerce. digital communications. digital footprint, digital privacy. digital rights and responsibilities. digital search/research. Be comfortable in your knowledge of all facets of digital citizenship.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

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Experiment with a wide variety of available digital writing tools to help your students develop their inner writer. Understand the secrets to picking good digital writing tools while working with classmates in a hands-on and non-threatening writer’s workshop format. Strategies introduced range from conventional tools such as quick writes, online websites, and visual writing to unconventional approaches such as Twitter novels, comics, and Google Earth lit trips.

Quick Review of 7 Popular Math Programs

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Headlines such as “ Less than half of Maryland students pass English, math assessments ” and “ Internationally, U.S. Students Are Falling ” have become so common, we are almost immune to the message. Pearson’s enVisionMATH Common Core-aligned curriculum develops K-6 students’ understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and interactive learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

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Here are the ones I’m currently offering: The Tech-infused Teacher: The 21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher. In this course, teachers will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, critical thinking, and immersive keyboarding. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network.