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Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

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This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

How To Effectively Use Educational Assessment Tools

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Overview of educational assessment tools focusing on Summative assessment and Formative assessment. A comparison of summative assessment and formative assessment. The main components of being an educator are preparation, teaching, and assessment.

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

Reading By Example

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.

How to Prepare Students for PARCC/SBACC Tests

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I polled my PLN to find specific tech areas students needed help with in preparing for the Assessments. Pay attention to these and your students will be much more prepared for this Spring’s Common Core assessments: Keyboarding. Common Core requires this.

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Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’

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He’s started working with more schools and districts—instead of reaching students mainly at home—and has partnered with assessment groups, such as the College Board and, most recently, the NWEA for personalized test prep materials.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

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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.

6 Stand-alone Lesson Plans for Subs

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Even if the sub is knowledgeable in the subject matter, s/he doesn’t have intimate knowledge of what this particular student group knows about software, websites, problem solving, and more, which can be scaffolded for the current lesson.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class (Differentiation)

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Learn granular approaches to infusing differentiation into all of your lesson plans, whether you’re a Common Core school or not, with this hands-on, interactive class. Google account (can be your school account or your personal one). MTI 563: The Differentiated Teacher.

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7 Skills Students Need for Today’s Classwork

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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. Typing programs are much more than MS Word and Google Docs.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

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Teach digital citizenship is easily done either through dedicated platforms like Common Sense Media and Netsmartz , or a full-blown curriculum like this one from Structured Learning. Who picks the digital apps, software, extensions, and programs used in the classes?

Testing and the future of education: Anya Kamenetz on Future Trends Forum #6

Bryan Alexander

As one anecdote to consider, Kamenetz mentioned a new product, which provides surveillance software for K-12. The company making this software claimed as an achievement to have prevented three suicides by detecting self-harm signals through pupils’ digital activity.

Curating Content with @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

From there, login via Facebook, Google or Twitter to get started. Simply type in the search term on appoLearning, or browse by subject, grade-level, device and Common Core Standard, to find a list of vetted resources. Curation, as many of you know, is near and dear to my heart.

Here’s Why Teachers Adopt New Tech — and Why They Don’t

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And the number of education-specific apps, services, and software I actually used consistently? When assessing return, teachers look for the following: Will It Help Meet Learning Objectives? Does it meet subject- and grade-level Common Core standards?

Replacing Skills

The Thinking Stick

Here in Washington State our new state assessment is done on a computer. Many schools are now complaining that students are doing poorly on the test because they don’t have the computer skills needed to even navigate the test software.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

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Others went deep, with curriculum, intervention and assessment stacks. All of these players, new and old, are operating in a stable yet fragmented market, finding product-market fit in school systems’ existing market segments: core, supplemental, and assessment. (I

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Let's examine these two issues: Silos You can find OER in dedicated online repositories including OpenEd , Curriki , and OER Commons. Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. were part of the Common Core initiative, but several have dropped this school year.)

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Is it time to say goodbye to textbooks?

eSchool News

About 10 years ago, in 2010, when Common Core was launched in the U.S., Every day, people are having conversations with their Alexa or Google Assistant, requesting knowledge from endless databases of information.

Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

A Principal's Reflections

In addition to using Yahoo doodle, he began writing quiz software in 2006. As the site increased in popularity it caught the eye of Bill Gates and Google with an end result being over 4 million in funding.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Though my subscriber number reaches well over 1,000, I''ve been planning on doing a give-away once my Google Friend Connect number reached 1,000. It addresses Common Core State Standards: RF.K.3.a Aligned to the Common Core for Kindergarten.

Educators: The lessons we learned in 2016

eSchool News

In 2016, among other things, I took the time to focus on learning the ins and outs of ClassFlow collaborative learning software. Next year, I plan to look at my growing list of websites, software, and subscription services and pick a few to dive into on my own.

Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Image Creative Commons. In regard to Creativity, check out my last post, which covers facilitating and assessing Creativity in the classroom. One example used was Google’s idea to allow its employees 20% percent job time for self direction.

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Teaching Is Harder Than It’s Ever Been

TeachThought - Learn better.

Many school districts have adopted the practice of writing their own curriculum in order to align with Common Core. Maybe future teachers and students will look back with fondness about the first time they ever held an iPad to look up their house on Google Earth.

Pearson Names New N. American President as Stock Plunges on Half-Year Results

Marketplace K-12

Source: Google Finance. The drop in underlying sales —which are sales that omit adjustments that could distort a company’s trading performance, such as exchange rate movements or acquisition costs—was due mostly to expected declines in assessment revenues in the U.S.

When Teachers Build Edtech, Awesomeness Ensues—and Here’s Why

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A few years ago, she could see that some of her fifth graders struggled with second grade math skills, while others were capable of eighth grade content on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. For example, KIPP students are assessed three times a year on the NWEA MAP test. Traditional assessments do not capture that type of student growth data nor do end-of-year state tests. Eureka Math curriculum while adopting the Common Core standards.

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

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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. They also liked its teacher dashboard and software interfaces.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

The Hechinger Report

But most kindergarten-readiness and online preschool software is offered by for-profit companies. Company officials also said students are assessed throughout the program to see if they have mastered preschool-level skills before they move on to more challenging material.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

He is one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, writes about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. With every new year comes new ideas.

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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

It is a profoundly undemocratic force whereby unelected billionaires funnel money into efforts to reshape public education policies – expanding charter schools, pursuing alternative forms of teacher certification, promoting the Common Core State Standards, encouraging merit-based pay for teachers, and popularizing the narrative that education technology is the key to “personalization.” This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Google Apps for Education. Google Classroom.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Testing, Testing… “ Nevada officials announced Tuesday that a common-core assessment consortium will credit the state $1.8 million as compensation for problems that derailed a spate of its assessments last year,” Education Week reports. Via Education Next : “The Politics of the Common Core Assessments.” Via Education Week : “Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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There was some talk that, despite being vociferously anti-union , Michelle Rhee’s support for the Common Core was allegedly a deal-breaker. Of course, DeVos has supported groups that back the Common Core in the past, including Jeb Bush ’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. ” Via The New York Times : “Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice , Student Debt and Common Core.” Presidential-Elect Donald J. Trump.

Hack Education Weekly News

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And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Testing, Testing… “ Common Core testing group wages aggressive campaign against critics on social media,” according to The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. Education Politics.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. Yet, as was noted earlier, one of the core characteristics of hegemony is the ability of dominant ideologies to permeate commonsensical understandings and meaning.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

The computer system does this by constantly assessing how a particular student answers questions and what kind of lesson most engages that student. But for that concept to work, a child must spend a lot of time on the computer, feeding the system with data that the software uses to improve itself. Google’s search engine serves up more of what you’ve clicked on in the past. For more, check out this story about personalized learning and Common Core by Sarah Garland.