GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

It will also help you with both formative and summative assessments, and it will enter your grades into any electronic grade book directly from GradeCam. Simple Assessments of All Kinds. First, let’s look at the ways you can use GradeCam for assessments. Setting up assessments is fast and easy. There are many types of assessments in GradeCam including handwritten numeric. One of the advantages of GradeCam is the quick feedback that you get for your assessments.

Study reveals elementary math gains

eSchool News

Study of grades 3-5 students showed improved math achievement with personalized learning approach. A research study from the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University demonstrates a link between an adaptive learning program and improvement in mathematics achievement for students in grades 3-5. Results of the study determined that DreamBox usage was significantly associated with increased student achievement when controlling for students’ baseline test scores.

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OPINION: We need a SpaceX for assessment

The Hechinger Report

Many teachers don’t like assessments either, bemoaning the lost resources for other aspects of learning, like critical thinking , that have been drawn away by test prep. Assessment is costly not only in terms of time, but also in terms of money. We need a SpaceX for assessment.

12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessing student learning used to be as simple as giving a test that consisted of multiple choice, True/False, short answer, and/or essay. Habits, templates, and routines are much easier than reinventing the assessment wheel but a tool that results in passionate students committed to lifelong learning gets my attention. The uniting characteristics are that all assess: what’s been learned. Self-assessment. Crowdsourced study guide.

PROOF POINTS: Four new studies bolster the case for project-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Four new studies on project-based learning. 2nd grade social studies. Four new studies released in February 2021 are helping to fill this void. The George Lucas Foundation financed the four studies. 3rd grade science. Developer: Michigan State University Research.

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Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

In partnership with the Center for Global Education at Asia Society , the League of Innovative Schools has launched innovation study tours –– a learning opportunity focused on deeper learning and equity.

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Why Assessments Are Still Useful — and Accurate — in a Pandemic Year

Edsurge

As most school systems have learned by now, assessing learning in a pandemic comes with all sorts of challenges, including but not limited to how (and where) to assess students and whether the data being gathered is even accurate. Is Remote Assessment Accurate?

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Studying

Kleinspiration

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Stress-Free Studying I always give my Scholastic posts a lot of thought. I am writing reports this week, and this time of the year tends to be full of assessments. I am excited to share a few of my favorite studying tools with you. I am aware that there are tons of tools available for studying; however, I always use the following to determine if a tool is awesome. Quizlet automatically generates a variety of assessments you can take.

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Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom’s education experience includes Special Education, Social Studies, and educational technology coaching in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Episode 716 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. She started off her class with a whole-group lesson, then moved students through three different 15-minute stations—one station was the adaptive assessment and instructional tool i-Ready, another was math games, and a third was independent work based on the lesson.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

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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150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

Social Studies. Administrators Assessment Classroom Management Data Driven Instruction Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning History and Social Sciences Teachers How to Guides. For iPad and Google Play Tablet Devices of All Kinds From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Really Good Stuff ? Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms.

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Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice

EdTechTeam

Think back to an assessment you took in your elementary years. The assessments you took were not that memorable; you probably didn’t have a lasting connection and there was absolutely no impact on you as a learner whatsoever. Social studies?

Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

A new study of the math alignment between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by most states, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the longtime barometer of academic achievement among the nation’s students, found “reasonable agreement” overall but also some areas of 4th and 8th grade math where there was less of a match. The panel found that 79 percent of NAEP items in 4th grade math assessed content included in the CCSS at grade 4 or below.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

In this session, we’ll share where we are now, emotional trauma and learning, how effective distance learning compares to face to face learning, how to take your class online, accessibility and equity, assessment, and project-based learning.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

There are several reasons why Kids Discover Online is a fantastic website for middle and elementary science, history, and ELA teachers: Students can visually explore curated topics, finding connections in a safe space. Let’s say that you’re studying the 1963 March on Washington. After students read, they can take a quick assessment about the topic. Students can take an assessment just after reading.

Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies

Neo LMS

The key concept is active learning , which dovetails neatly into today’s topic where I will share with you three incredible Project Based Learning (PBL) case studies, that I hope will inspire you to be more ambitious in designing, developing and implementing PBL in your classroom. Peer Collaboration and Assessment. 3 Awesome PBL case studies in action. Since project based learning is awesome, here are three awesome case studies of PBL in action: The Hunger Games.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

edWeb.net

Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments. To prepare students for assessments, teachers can embed these skills into their lessons.

New Research-Based Games Available for Elementary School Students

techlearning

Legends of Learning utilizes passionate game developers and educators to expand existing library of science games ATLANTA — Today at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference Legends of Learning launched more than 300 curriculum-based education games for elementary science for grades 3-5. The elementary school games complement Legends of Learning’s existing middle school suite of more than 800 games and simulations.

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. It is worth noting that at the younger ages, there was also significant growth in their reading achievement as measures by interim assessments (running records). At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

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. It is worth noting that at the younger ages, there was also significant growth in their reading achievement as measures by interim assessments (running records). At the younger ages, our assessment system is built so that students are seeing steady progress with benchmark books. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

As an example, I’m doing early settlers this week as one of our units for social studies. Assessment Chromebooks Classroom Management Edtech Tool Tuesday Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gsuite and Google Apps How to Guides. Laura Dennis on episode 317 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

Edsurge

When a competency-based approach to assessment is in place, students must show what they know as well as what they can do. And as interest in this approach to teaching and learning increases, so does the need for assessments to support it. Below are five ways to approach competency-based learning assessment. Formative Assessments—Happening in Real Time CBE takes students on a journey to demonstrate their knowledge, helping them prepare for the world and jobs that await them.

How the Gender Gap in STEM Might Get its Start in Elementary School

MindShift

On average, girls do as well as boys on elementary- and middle-school math tests. A new study offers evidence that the disparity might be getting its start in elementary school classrooms. The study, which was recently published in a peer-reviewed academic journal, focuses on a math acceleration program in Wake County, North Carolina. Students in the Raleigh-area elementary schools can be nominated to participate by their teachers or parents.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

We got a little integration of social studies there. 03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there. 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.

Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments

MSEDTechie

Our students now in elementary school have never had a time in their lives where mobile technology wasn''t present. The website allows you to assess students’ learning in a fun and engaging way, and it is very simple to use. The even cooler feature is that Brainrush automatically differentiates the assessment based on the answers the student gives. The quiz will automatically assess the student on those missed questions until they achieve a higher accuracy rate.

Sown to Grow: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Reflection

The CoolCatTeacher

In a ’17-’18 study conducted by an independent researcher at UCLA, middle school students using Sown To Grow earned significantly higher academic GPAs compared to a control group. All Subjects Assessment Classroom Management Data Driven Instruction Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gsuite and Google Apps High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Social Emotional Learning Students Teachers Tools Web Tools

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

So Lauren Resnick, who did this wonderful study for the federal government, said that our schools were never designed to prepare large numbers of critical thinkers and problem solvers — which is exactly what we need now. We saw some movement in the 80’s and 90’s around portfolio development, around performance assessment, and other sorts of indicators of authentic work. These could be used for assessment purposes.

Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

MindShift

Professor John Dunlosky is trying to bridge these two worlds , intentionally studying the effectiveness of strategies that lab studies indicate are promising, but that don’t require special technology or extra resources. In many ways he’s describing formative assessment, a practice teachers have always used, but quizzing isn’t just for teachers to take the pulse of the class, it’s good for students’ brains too.

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Assess Your School or District Mark Wise told me about how they assess their entire district with a massive project for eighth-graders. Then we use that data to then inform our other programs and our other types of assessments to see how we can improve those. All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds

MindShift

A study of 104 children from ages 3 to 10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science of Learning. “They are indistinguishable,” says Jessica Cantlon , an author of the study and professor of developmental neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. It also backs other studies that found similar math abilities in males and females early in life.

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How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. The PACE pilot program is the first federal-approved competency-based assessment pilot and allows a group of New Hampshire school districts to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments. For example, when KIPP Empower , an elementary school in Los Angeles, Calif.,

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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

MindShift

Marna Wolak’s fifth grade students at Sanchez Elementary in San Francisco are gathered on the rug for a “number talk.” This is a familiar math lesson scene, but on this day there are five other adults in the room — including two Sanchez teachers — observing how students tackle the problem as part of Wolak’s lesson study group. This kind of detailed observation of student work is the focus of a kind of professional development called lesson study.

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