Inquiry Hub Secondary School – Confluence and Influence

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Confluence and Influence – Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Background: The 2018-2019 school year is Inquiry Hub Secondary’s 7th year since it was founded. We felt that students were learning about the outcomes in DL10, but we needed a better model for assessment.

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


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I hope you are enjoying this series on formative assessment, and I am sure you will find these tools most valuable. Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities. Back Channel for Formative Assessment.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

Flipgrid is also a great way to build a growth mindset and self-assessment. Students could use Flipgrid to document learning progress throughout the year and use it as a way to review their growth.

Testing Literacy Today Requires more than a Pencil and Paper

Digital Promise

The results of large-scale tests may be used by schools or policy-makers to make important decisions such as grouping students by ability or assessing how well schools are doing. In Canada, assessment reforms and innovations are slowly taking shape.

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

What if we redesigned assessment and ditched tests? This session explores the question with a variety of adult and student facilitators from McGlone Academy, guided by a backchannel and planning documents for a learning space (re)design.

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum


Different sections provide a PK-12 continuum of skills, identification of priority skills for every grade level, and graphic organizer assessments for the priority skills. The ESIFC includes a rich repository of downloadable graphic organizers to support assessment.

10 Tips for Teachers Using the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

This goes for secondary students too! If students are completing work online, I create a Google document with step-by-step directions, links, and screenshots to help them navigate that online work. If I grade something, it is an assessment.

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The Thank You Project #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the Thank You Project – Word Document. She was nominated by a colleague for the Teachers that Rock – Class of 2018, and by her principal and supervisor for the 2017 New Jersey Exemplary Secondary Educator award.

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What is Active Learning? And Why it Matters

ViewSonic Education

Primary and secondary schools are swiftly responding to the evidence in support of active learning. ” Short written responses are a great way to review materials and assess student understanding. The benefits of active learning compared to traditional lectures are well documented.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

We used three strategies to assess growth from fall to spring: Instructional walk trends, student engagement surveys, and digital student portfolios. At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

We used three strategies to assess growth from fall to spring: Instructional walk trends, student engagement surveys, and digital student portfolios. At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books.

21st Century Learning with Explain Everything – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe


What does assessment look like in 21st Century education? So a summative test like the PARCC is a good tool but not the only way that we should be assessing our students throughout the school year. Assessment should not only be summative but also formative, ongoing, and project-based.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

TeachThought - Learn better.

completion of a minimum course of study, content mastery, proficiency on college- and career-ready assessments, etc.) Information about how digital learning content assesses, teaches, and depends on (requires) common content standards such as State academic standards.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Other documents, like periodic check-in forms, are also available on the site. This is taken into account when they are assessed for their work. The work was assessed according to the IOCS Rubric.

From Consumption to Creation on the iPad


I remember when I went one-to-one with devices in my secondary English classrooms. When iPads are added to the pedagogical equation, the recipe for curriculum, instruction, and assessment changes. Technology integration can be difficult.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

This means pupils are able to share thoughts and work together on projects, such as documents or presentations. For example, simply using a keyboard to type up a document to enhance its presentation may not always be the most effective use of technology.

10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Just a disclaimer though, I am a high school math teacher, so a few of the tech-tools I reference in this post belong mostly in a secondary math classroom, but with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, there are ways to fit them into any K-12 math curriculum as well.

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How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change


Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise.

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As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

Higher education has found itself under increasing pressure to change that, just as has happened in elementary and secondary schools, where a battery of standardized tests constantly check in on what students know. Students in a class at Frederick Community College in Maryland.

This Tech Tool Can Save Teachers 10 Minutes Per Class


Laurence’s College in Brisbane had just 50 minutes to write up a formative assessment on the representation of robots and artificial intelligence in the movies. Previously, if I was doing annotations on my screen and then if I wanted to share that work with students, I would have to either upload it to a OneNote or email that document to students,” she says. That way a secondary explanation of a concept can happen instantly as opposed to the next day,” she says.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

For each of the three primary (equity-focused) federal educational technology programs authorized by Congress since the passage of the 1994 revision to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), below I provide details on the programs’: legislative authorization (i.e.,

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality


These standards have been traditionally published only as human-readable documents, such as PDFs, that can’t be used directly by education technology tools. In other words, statements within PDF documents cannot be reliably referenced in information systems and digital content. As the learning map references become available on the open web, dynamic learning content will also be able to link to specific activities and assessments.

TEACHER VOICE: What we’re all ignoring about the stubborn achievement gap for Latino students

The Hechinger Report

Yet if we gave them documents on solid fuel propulsion, nuclear medicine and astrophysics, they would become struggling readers. It was difficult to set discrete objectives and difficult to teach and assess. An elementary, secondary and post-secondary school teacher, Patrick D.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

In the new year, when we receive our mid-year i-Ready results, I want to celebrate our students’ growth, paying particular attention to those who were below grade level on their fall assessment and have worked hard to make meaningful progress since then.”.

Cloudschool: a free LMS that makes it easier to plan and teach lessons

The Cornerstone Blog

Imagine how much time you could save if you had a way to create, document, share, and present your lessons from a single place. In addition to videos, you can easily add photos, PDF files, links, worksheets, and more to create engaging lessons and assessments.

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How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars


If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet.


A new ‘Seal of Endorsement’ for teachers evaluating ed-tech

eSchool News

Created specifically to serve the educational market, GEI places learning products into the hands of teachers, who evaluate them based on classroom use and a vigorous assessment process.

In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things


That's an interesting dynamic where so much of this is at this intersection of not just higher ed or post-secondary education world, but it's also what's happening in terms of employer training. We've been doing that for the last 40 years—with Prior Learning Assessment and with ACE credit recommendations. You're going to get individuals learning from different sources, but how is it assessed and endorsed and standardized?

Why do schools use grades that teach nothing?

The Hechinger Report

After almost five decades of our professors’ assessing students using written evaluations, we’ve seen and documented their benefits as an alternative to grades. Jonathan Lash. A few years ago I was speaking to a group of parents whose children had just started Hampshire College.

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10 Time-Saving Tips and Tools for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

We don’t want to end up wasting valuable time searching for documents, websites, or setting up our lessons. Google Keep is also a part of G Suite for Education and is a great tool for students, especially secondary students. You can dictate right into the document!

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How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines


And national and local standards provide us with documents packed full of suggested benchmarks and commendable expectations. Connecting emotion and content Jill Weber, a secondary school teacher in Cheney, Kansas, uses an effective ELA and social studies strategy called Note card confessions. Whether teacher or student created, each timeline is assigned its own URL that allows for easy access for collaboration and assessment.

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Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

Their ESSA plans detail systemic transformations of assessment methods and other practices, according to Lillian Pace, the senior director of national policy at KnowledgeWorks. These new assessment systems are a crucial component of personalization.

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology


In 2016, I visited 41 elementary and secondary teachers in Silicon Valley who had a reputation for integrating technology into their daily lessons. But I saw no fundamental or startling changes in the usual flow of lessons—setting goals, designing varied activities and groupings, eliciting student participation, assessing student understanding—that differed from earlier generations of sharp teachers.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Related: Documenting Maine’s failure to implement proficiency-based education. DeLorenzo screened the candidates, assessing their capacity for change, and six districts were approved , among them the three districts mentioned above that had already begun experimenting with the model.

Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


Discovery Education’s Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.


What A Struggling School Looks Like On Paper

TeachThought - Learn better.

The school uses various assessment practices to analyze student performance, target instruction, and provide students with feedback in order to increase student achievement and academic progress over time. What A Struggling School Looks Like On Paper. by Grant Wiggins , Authentic Education.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Even students with cognitive delays may be able to attend modified post-secondary programs if given adequate preparation and encouragement in school. Since then, the department has eliminated 72 guidance documents that dealt with the rights of special education students.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Educators can use the assessment data to identify students’ SEL strengths and areas in which they may need additional support.

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LA’s school counselors strike back

The Hechinger Report

When neither clinician is available, medical triage and suicide risk assessments fall to academic counselors, EMTs, and even, worryingly, school police. At 7 a.m.,

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