Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning. He also gives advice about how he thinks schools can improve their assessments this fall to focus on learning. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Savvas Learning Company and WestEd Provide Cutting-Edge Math Screener and Diagnostic Assessments

eSchool News

Savvas, a K-12 next-generation learning solutions leader, will be launching its new Savvas Math Screener and Diagnostic Assessments for use with its enVision® Mathematics , the nation’s most popular math program. These are assessment tools that educators will come to love and trust.”.

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Formative Assessment in Kindergarten

The CoolCatTeacher

Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child’s learning path, Becky relates this topic to all ages as we discuss the best practices in formative assessment. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

H?para: The Essential Tool for Every Google Classroom School

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’ve seen one tool improve student engagement in Google Classroom significantly — H?para. In conclusion, this tool is doing more to improve engagement than any other tool I’ve seen.

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21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. Scroll down to see the list of links and listen to the show to hear how I’m using these tools with teachers and students. Listen to the 21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. Why Screencasting Is a Useful Formative Assessment Tool.

Companies Partner to Provide Oral Reading Fluency Tool

eSchool News

Partnership offers automated assessment of students’ oral reading fluency — for testing at school or at home . Savvas Learning Company , a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, announced it is partnering with Analytic Measures Inc.

What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment. Now, Sean, you’re currently working with iPads and some online formative assessments for STEM classrooms. Formative assessment on the iPad that Works.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology (and some cool tools for the college classroom)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about implementing new technology and some cool tools he’s using in his college classroom. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

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5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. ” The post 5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

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Illuminate Education Partners with Turnitin to Provide Assessment Resources for Remote Learning

eSchool News

Illuminate Education , a leading K-12 student performance solution, is partnering with Turnitin , a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions. To learn more about this collaboration, visit Illuminate’s blog article on preventing cheating on remote assessments.

How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve not seen anything like this activity, and it should be a handy tool for those learning languages. This will be a favorite tool of Geography teachers and science teachers and certainly, many maps are already created for both of these topics.

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Guest Post: The Missing Piece: What Most Edtech Companies Need & Only a Few Have

Digital Promise

This common experience illuminates how challenging it can be for educational technology (edtech) companies to communicate what they do and why it is important. This challenge is even harder for edtech companies innovating on the cutting edge. Most importantly, educators wonder, “What will this tool actually do for my students?”. This is a prioritized list maintained by a company’s product team that indicates what will be built, when, and by whom.

10 Companies Hiring Teachers Over the Summer

EdNews Daily

If you are a teacher looking for a summer gig, or unique ways to make extra money over your break, please find 10 companies hiring now. These 10 companies are hiring teachers over the summer 2017: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is hiring experienced, accomplished tutors, teachers, translators, interpreters, and education specialists in Delaware. National Board assessors consistently report that the assessment process is a great professional development experience.

The Game Agency Named to 2019 Training Industry Top 20TM Training Delivery Companies List

The Game Agency

Stamford, CT – September 5, 2019 – The Game Agency has been named to the 2019 Top Training Companies List for the training delivery sector of the learning and development market. Selection to the 2019 Training Industry Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List was based on the following criteria: Value of platform features and capabilities. Company size and growth potential.

The Edtech Company Formerly Known as AltSchool Sold Its Tech. So What’s Left?

Edsurge

The company then rebranded to Altitude Learning, which continued to develop the technology, sell it to schools and provide implementation support. As a result, the company signed up new business from districts including Humboldt Unified in Arizona.

What Makes a Great Data Assessment Tool?

TeacherCast

In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Spotlight Series Podcast, we welcome MIE Expert Mick Hellgren on the program to discuss a fantastic (FREE) tool from Microsoft called Power BI. The post What Makes a Great Data Assessment Tool? In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Spotlight Series Podcast, we welcome MIE Expert Mick Hellgren on the program to discuss a fantastic (FREE) tool from Microsoft called Power BI.

When the Pandemic Hit, Edtech Companies Threw Out Their Roadmaps and Changed Course

Edsurge

In late April, more than a month into COVID-induced school closures, Matt Goodwin, senior director of product management at Instructure, the company behind the Canvas learning management system, explained how the pandemic was upending his company’s development process. “We

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. Assessment Best of the Podcast Education High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) History and Social Sciences Teachers How to Guides.

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How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. With more tools and updated information. How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. How the District Uses This Project to Assess Itself. The other sort of interesting thing about this is that in and of itself, it would be a cool project but what we’re doing is using it really as an assessment of the district, not of the students.

Texthelp Launches WriQ to Automate and Standardize Writing Assessment

eSchool News

Texthelp ®, a leading education technology company focused on helping learners of all ages and abilities improve their reading, writing, and math skills, today announced the launch of WriQ ®, a cloud-based writing assessment and achievement tool.

Mindful Literacy Assessment

Reading By Example

” She was referring to our screener results, the computerized assessments we have our students take in fall, winter, and spring. Unfortunately, educators too often end up in service to the assessment. For example, the teacher and I discussed the context in which the assessment took place: the middle of May, beautiful weather, and we are asking pre-adolescents to put forth their best effort on a test that has little to no meaning to them. Assessment for learning (vs.

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments. As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . When it comes to assessing student knowledge levels, data has empowered more schools to choose formative assessments versus summative assessments. . What Are Summative Assessments Vs. Formative Assessments.

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Save Time Digitizing Your Worksheets with TeacherMade

The CoolCatTeacher

The fast, free tool to help you with distance or hybrid learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter One of the biggest challenges we teachers have faced this year has been maintaining our quality of instruction in the midst of change. Additionally, you can use the auto-grading tool to provide them with immediate feedback and save yourself time. Many educators use paper tools that support daily classroom activities.

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Top Posts of 2018 Focus on Big Education Companies and Popularity of Digital Tools

Marketplace K-12

The post Top Posts of 2018 Focus on Big Education Companies and Popularity of Digital Tools appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessment / Testing Curriculum / Digital Curriculum digital tools ed-tech accelerators Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Future of Work Google Merger Pearson Personalized Learing personalized learning Sales / Marketing softwareWhat were the biggest news stories about the K-12 market in 2018?

Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. Website traffic to the homepage for IXL, a popular tool that lets students practice skills across five subjects through online quizzes, spiked in March. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Some companies are trying to gain a foothold in a crowded market.

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant. Among them are the academics behind the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Project (ATC21S). DigiExam: the future of assessment? The Future of Assessment: 2025 and Beyond.

Rhode Island Department of Ed Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved Interim Assessment

eSchool News

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic as an approved interim assessment for the 2020–2021 school year. After a rigorous review, i-Ready Diagnostic was named one of the chosen assessments for meeting RIDE’s assessment criteria.

New McGraw Hill Assessment Solution Helps Teachers Support Students Who Have Fallen Behind Following COVID-19 Disruptions

eSchool News

As teachers prepare for classes to resume this fall, McGraw Hill today announced the launch of McGraw Hill Rise , a new reading and math supplement with embedded assessment and personalization to help educators identify and address individual learning gaps for each student.

10 new edtech tools to power teaching and learning

eSchool News

Instead of the usual hustle and bustle through bright and crowded exhibit hall aisles, trade shows kept exhibitors and attendees at home this year and took a virtual approach to showcasing new edtech tools and trends.

Assessing at Home i-Ready Diagnostic Kit Helps Educators Administer Diagnostics

eSchool News

Beginning the year with an assessment like the i-Ready Diagnostic is critical to this effort. While assessing at home is challenging regardless of the test or provider, many schools successfully tested remotely this past spring.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Companies, too, need to build that kind of inquiry into every step of their work with educators. Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning.

Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

Edsurge

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are behind next-generation improvements in a range of software tools for students with sensory or learning disabilities. For the assessment mavens at Educational Testing Service ( ETS ), these evolving capabilities present both a challenge and an opportunity, says the organization’s Markku “Mark” Häkkinen. We’ve used Amazon’s speech technologies, for example, for a couple of large statewide assessments.