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.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

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.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. And that could be why just 38 percent fourth grade students performed at or above proficient on the latest National Assessment of Education Progress for science, which was administered in 2015.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. And that could be why just 38 percent fourth grade students performed at or above proficient on the latest National Assessment of Education Progress for science, which was administered in 2015.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know as well as I do that when kids get hold of a misconception, if we wait until there’s an assessment and then we catch it, it’s already so deeply rooted that it takes that much more time to undo it.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And a few weeks ago, an article on a survey conducted by the Oregon teachers union last spring to learn Oregon teachers’ opinions regarding annual state assessments observed that, “[s]urvey respondents were overwhelmingly extremely negative in their response to every question.”. Use adaptive assessment.

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.

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.

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

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Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out! If Angela’s name isn’t immediately recognizable, her #choose2matter and #youmatter global movements have probably crossed your path.

Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

It is not a replacement for assessment. Anastasis uses e-portfolios together with our assessment system to help students remember and reflect on their learning journey. Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO.

Using Agency to Empower Students: What is Sacred in Education? #5Sigma

iLearn Technology

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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.

What makes your school/PD/conference different?

iLearn Technology

We can’t assess in a way that minimizes the individual and the learning journey that is happening. The first question that I get asked when people find out that I’ve started a school: what makes Anastasis Academy different?

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

iLearn Technology

What if we redesigned assessment and ditched tests? Learning > Assessment: Embedding Stories that Empower Learning. How might we reimagine our assessment practices to better embed stories in the data?

Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

iLearn Technology

Here you can print out student login cards, assign an initial topic, and the program will adaptively generate and assess thousands of interactive problems. What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students.

How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

A fresh approach to assessment- Explore the goals of assessment and how we’ve re-thought assessment. 5Sigma Anastasis Academy For Teachers Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources 5sigma conference pd

Anatomy of a Learner Profile

iLearn Technology

Brain Dominance- Learning about a student’s preference in brain dominance allows us to make better decisions about how we design our classroom, how we design learning experiences, and how students will approach learning and assessment.

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Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)

iLearn Technology

The problem with education reform is that we keep attempting to change surface level systems and hoping for deep systemic change as a result.

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

From the teacher dashboard, you can use the assessment feature to diagnose where students are, and align math content to what you are teaching in class. What it is: Prodigy is a fantastic way to differentiate math in your classroom.

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. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. Julie Hembree is a teacher-librarian at Cougar Ridge Elementary School near Seattle, WA.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

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Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

jackcwest

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely.

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

jackcwest

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely.

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

So I question how and why we currently assess and evaluate them on a common grade standard. Aspinall’s latest project, Edmettle , takes personalized learning a step further – into assessment.

How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators?

My Island View

An influx of digitally educated teachers would go a long way in changing the culture of elementary and secondary schools in regard to their acceptance and priorities concerning new tools for learning and the integration of technology and education. We are now better than fifteen years into the 21 st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education.

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

The Cornerstone Blog

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.

3 Non-Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning

Edsurge

But for many educators, content providers, and policymakers, self-evaluation means self-assessment, and assessment means different things to different people. For some, it is part of a formative assessment process that provides multiple sources of data. For others, assessment equates solely to tests or diagnostic screenings. Elementary and secondary students filter data differently. Elementary students think in facts and want to please their teachers.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

Assessment For Learning. We walk you through the process of distinguishing between various assessment types, building goals, identifying best practices around your assessments and analyzing your data to make lasting instructional decisions throughout the year. Students will have a blast competing with their classmates and racking up points for correct answers, speed and winning streaks while preparing for state assessments and deepening their understanding.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. But NCLB also locked us into an assessment regime that focused too narrowly on annual, summative grade-level assessments for accountability purposes and restricted innovation in assessments—and ultimately learning.

Design Your Own Digital Choice Board

Catlin Tucker

This week I had the pleasure of training a group of elementary teachers on blended learning strategies. Assessment. Elementary teachers, who are teaching all subjects, may combine reading, math and vocabulary activities on a single board.

Panel Presentations: Connect Students with a Real Audience

Catlin Tucker

When I send home the parent survey (via Google Form) at the start of the school year, I always ask parents if they are interested in lending their expertise and time to be on a panel or assess student work. The panel also used a rubric to assess different aspects of the presentation.

PBL Is Not Your Grandmother’s (Or Yours Either) Project

Battelle for Kids

Typical projects at the end of units, time fillers, science fair entries, stretches for the gifted, and special day celebrations were and are common fare in many elementary classrooms. Few measure up to the standards for today's PBL, Project-Based Learning, and its many variations, all sprouting in secondary as well as elementary classrooms. August 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 3.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In many ways, disruption is already underway in the K–12 education system, relative to how we deliver content and structure assessment. Rather, we need policies and practices to support an entire school system, which embraces and optimizes for flexible learning pathways, on-demand assessment, and multiple measures of mastery.