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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. We created Assessment Items.

Panel Presentations: Connect Students with a Real Audience

Catlin Tucker

I realize presenting for an actual audience is a daunting task, but it is also a crucial life skill. I find it interesting that most teachers at the secondary level do not ask parents to come into the classroom to help out. It was interesting to see them prepare for this presentation.

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Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Authentic assessments are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community as indicated in a Gallup poll.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

So thanks to NNSTOY for having me to present but also letting me talk to so many amazing teachers. There’s videos out there so that you can see what this actually looks like in a classroom, whether it’s early childhood, middle childhood, if it’s secondary.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

You want to make sure that your formative assessments are based on where the student is at, not some kind of standard that every student in your classroom has to jump through. In 2006 I gave up my job as an elementary principal to care for my wife who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. So thanks to NNSTOY for having me to present but also letting me talk to so many amazing teachers.

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Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

Flipgrid is also a great way to build a growth mindset and self-assessment. What it is: Flipgrid is a video discussion platform for your classroom that lets you engage and capture learning in new and awesome ways.

Becoming an Edtech Iron Chef – Featuring the Voice of @SGVCUE


Iron Chef lessons are simple, quick, and help students reach the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) while letting teachers assess student learning. When the time is up, hands are off the keyboard and presentations begin.

Hacking project-based learning: tips for management, assessment, & more from Ross Cooper & Erin Murphy

The Cornerstone for Teachers

But it’s not always simple to plan, and manage, and assess, so we’re going to talk about some practical teaching strategies today. With PBL, kids show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We''ve had 750 actual practitioner presentations since we started GlobalEdCon, all of which were recorded and are still available for free on the website to watch or listen to at any time. We also really hope that you will consider presenting. More information in presenting HERE.

How AR and VR Can Inspire Innovation—and Boost College and Career Readiness


To have access to high paying careers in the future requires some type of post-secondary education. That’s why for the past two years we’ve been running a pilot project in four of our elementary schools where we use zSpace’s AR/VR technology to teach science. If we look at the four schools and how they're performing on the NWEA assessment in science, we see that these schools are very easily on pace with or outpacing the national average in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

It allows each person to contribute with shorter deadlines and individual deliverables and makes it easier to assess each person’s contribution. Students must show how they used feedback to improve their design in the final presentation.

Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

For the inaugural study tour, participating districts attended three webinars presented by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that culminated in a meeting in Toronto, Ontario, on January 30–31.

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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.

A World of PBL… 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. At the same time, we must remember to connect to the content standards while facilitating and assessing 21st century skills. I have done 100’s of workshops and presentations.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD


Each time I get to visit and observe educators in our elementary, I take something away that my students can benefit from. Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Research consistently shows that teachers are the most important school-level factor affecting student outcomes—and good teaching goes well beyond presenting information or grading assessments with discrete answers.

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.

The Persistence of Inequity in Education

Reading By Example

I have served either as a classroom teacher or administrator in four different schools, both secondary and elementary. When our kids did well on a state assessment, we owned it. Equity is the through line of this project.

6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

Presently, policies and practices that ensure equitable access to the best STEM teaching and learning are not widespread,” according to the report. The ideal future of U.S.

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Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. This evaluation is called the summative assessment.

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

The Hechinger Report

But teaching can be simplified so that the most elementary beginner can acquire the basics. What is happening is complex, but the teaching and learning processes are not, if presented in a simple, cumulative, sequential process.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. About the Presenters.

10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom – SULS037

Shake Up Learning

Elementary. ” Desmos just released some more elementary activities! Secondary. Alice Keeler’s Templates for Elementary Math. Besides just using Google Forms for a quiz or regular assessment, you can take advantage of the branching functionality.

McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

eSchool News

SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart promotes critical skills for at-risk elementary, middle and high school students, extends benefits of project-based learning to more U.S. FLEX Literacy Projects resources for either Elementary (3-5) or Secondary (6 and above) classrooms.

We’re back with Day 2 of Applied Digital Skills Week


There are currently 17 lessons designed for secondary students and 10 lessons for college and continuing education. However, we share examples of how it can successfully be used with upper elementary students in our free mini-email course — sign up today !

A World of PBL: 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom


At the same time, we must remember to connect to the content standards while facilitating and assessing 21st century skills. Biblionasium – Explore this site that is the fun, reading-focused social network for kids in elementary and middle school.

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Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

eSchool News

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero.

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.

Lessons Learned While Creating Long Lasting Change in Providence Public Schools


As the largest school district in Rhode Island, Providence Public Schools makes up 25% of the state’s entire elementary and secondary student population. Yet challenges presented themselves in a number of areas. She oversees all content areas, curriculum, instructional practices and assessment, working alongside the district’s Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer to engage school leaders and teachers. This case study was originally published on Getting Smart.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

In other cases, districts have the infrastructure required to support digital learning at present, but must ensure those networks are scalable to meet future needs.

More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer


Cyndee Carter, assessment development coordinator for the Utah State Board of Education, says the state began very cautiously, at first making sure every machine-graded essay was also read by a real person. Massachusetts is among those now intrigued by the possibilities, and considering jumping on the bandwagon to have computers score essays on its state-wide Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey C.

Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

The Hechinger Report

As rain poured outside on the chilly evening of February 24, a group of Arlington elementary school parents was imagining a sunnier place — Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road. The MCAS has long been considered one of the nation’s best tests at assessing student performance.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population.