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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.

6 reasons it’s important to create your own online assessments

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Homegrown online assessments prove invaluable to one district. Assessments are critical to our efforts to improve instruction in K-12 education. Yet, in an age when students are accessing a vast array of resources on computers, tablets, and mobile devices, some school districts are still hesitant to take their assessments online. At Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD), we began the transition to online assessment more than three years ago.

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Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

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Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments. They can also take practice assessments using the devices.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

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Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

More on OpenEd's Free Online Assessment Tools: How-to Videos

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OpenEd recently released its Free Assessment tool. OpenEd''s assessment tool not only provides the question types required by the Common Core curriculum, but it also has some unique capabilities as well, such as suggesting videos to students who miss specific questions. It also suggests questions to teachers to add to their Common Core assessments. OpenEd offers educators the largest K-12 resource catalog online today.

How to Get the Most Out Of Practice Testing

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This makes practice tests not only an assessment tool,but a crucial part of the teaching toolkit. In order to get the benefits of practice testing, ensure that your kids are getting at the very least 30 minutes of practice on online programs every week.

Edulastic launches district tool for administrators

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Resource offers district, school administrators insight into student progress on Common Core. Edulastic, creator of formative assessment tools for teachers, has launched Edulastic District Enterprise, a premium version of the software platform designed specifically for district and school administrators. Edulastic is a next-generation online assessment platform that allows K-12 teachers to track students’ progress toward Common Core State Standards.

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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. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Skyward, Certica launch formative assessment solution

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Partnership aims to help educators access more than 80,000 item bank resources for assessment. Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, and Certica Solutions, a provider of K-12 data management and education content solutions, have formed a partnership to support the creation and sharing of online assessments through Skyward’s Test Bank Management Solution. Assessments News

What are IT leaders worried about? Assessment readiness and money

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A CoSN survey reveals CTO concerns about privacy, budgets, and assessment readiness. What are the key technology trends in education according to leadership in our school systems? Assessment readiness is again the No. The growing imperative about being assessment ready isn’t likely a surprise for those living in states adopting the Common Core. However, regardless of where you live, all states are increasingly moving their high-stakes assessments online.

State Testing Disruptions Likely Produced Dips and Gains in Student Scores, Study Says

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The disruptions in online assessments that roiled Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in the spring of 2015 appear to have had both negative and positive effects on individual students’ test scores, according to a new analysis. The independent analysis released Friday was conducted by the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment , a research and consulting nonprofit hired by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium , the group that sponsored the exams.

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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. I polled my PLN to find specific tech areas students needed help with in preparing for the Assessments.

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6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

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The key strategy to get to this level of understanding involves a tried-and-true instructional practice: formative assessments and feedback. Not only has ongoing formative assessment and quality feedback been honed by teachers for years, it has also become recognized as a core element of personalized learning environments, as highlighted in Rhode Island’s Personalized Learning Whitepaper. So what are some main characteristics of these assessment practices?

BoomWriter for Districts

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BoomWriter for Districts ensures that a complete education technology experience will be delivered to your teachers and students resulting in improved fiction and nonfiction reading, writing and content assessment skills, and enhanced vocabulary development. BoomWriter the excellent free collaborative writing tool for schools has just released their district wide program. This is a wonderful innovative way to integrate technology into the classroom. More from their press release.

6 Tech Best Practices for New Teachers

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Both are great devices, but represent a sea change from the Macs and PCs that have traditionally been the device-of-choice in education. There’s no longer an option to hide students from the online world, what is considered by many parents a dangerous place their children should avoid. When asked, most educators shrug and point at someone else. New teachers need to learn rudimentary tech troubleshooting like these 25 common problems , and then teach them to students.

CoSN 2018: Broadband and Cybersecurity Are Top IT Concerns

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More than half of women come to their IT role with an academic background in education and instruction , compared with a third of men, who come from a background in technology,” says Steve Langford, CoSN Board member and CIO of Beaverton School District in Oregon. To assess those filling current IT leadership roles, the survey also delved into the respondents’ professional backgrounds, education and years of experience.

Preparing Students with Technology Skills

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Jeff Meyer, Director of Education at Learning.com, during a recent edWebinar , underscored that while this generation of students is growing up using technology, they generally lack the digital literacy skills they need for success by the time they enter high school. The tech and core standards of organizations such as ISTE, CSTA, and Common Core State Initiative stipulate that students need foundational digital literacy skills to demonstrate writing, reading, and mathematical achievement.

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: IXL, Brightspace, Tales2Go

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Written by Cory , an 8th grade special education teacher from Michigan. IXL was great for skill breakdown and practice, easy to find standards based on common core. Valerie’s classroom is a bring-your-own-device classroom with both English language learners and special education students. I use D2L and our system eClass to post resources, classroom calendar of events, discussion posts and online assessments.

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T&L’S ISTE 2018 BEST OF SHOW AWARDS WINNERS

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The products below were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the conference in Chicago. It also supports Google Play educational apps, so students can collaborate, discover, engage and learn, and includes a Wacom EMR stylus that lets students use interactive apps, sketch, take notes, and capture ideas. The line supports up to 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, many storage options, and more.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. In an era before Facebook or Edmodo, the social networking site Ning was, for a time, quite popular with educators. Online Grade Portals.