Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. The value of Zoom meetings is that the educator can create synchronous interactive conversations and activities. My goal is to have all my students actively engaged throughout the meeting.

Want to remake assessment? Think disruptively.

The Christensen Institute

In a similar vein, a group of school and intermediary partners called the Assessment for Learning Project is calling for educators to reimagine assessment from the classroom all the way up to state and federal levels. It’s time for assessment innovators to think disruptively.


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Curriculum-based Assessments–A Powerful Diagnostic Tool

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Curriculum-Based Assessment (CBA), often equated with Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), is any form of assessment that measures progress toward fulfillment of a stated curriculum. Use the collected data to assist in group placement where appropriate.

Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of us find students benefit greatly when the school employs curriculum-based assessments to measure progress. Because by teaching, assessing knowledge, tracking progress, and personalizing to student needs, we can determine if students are accomplishing what they must to complete the work of learning. This is done through its standards-aligned assessment library or teacher-created assessments developed from a bank of over 60,000 standards-specific questions.

Designing, Assessing, and Implementing Educator Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Ongoing professional learning opportunities are critical as teachers strive to continuously advance their ability to meet the needs of their students in an ever-changing world. These groups may use the principles differently. This post first appeared in Getting Smart.

How Today's Education Crisis May Improve Tomorrow's Assessments


But after only a few minutes of conversation, it’s abundantly clear that Kyra Donovan and Dr. Julie Miles share a passion for learning and a strong conviction that assessment is essential to creating the best educational outcomes for students of all abilities. Classroom Solutions - Assessment.

Developing Strategies for Success in Student Group Work

Omega Notes

Group work has the unique ability to deliver results that extend far beyond a single term’s academic grades. Putting together groups that reflect diverse experiences means greater perspectives that lead to more effective problem solving with more creative solutions.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., before they assign group work.

9 Ways to Use AI-Powered Quillionz to Assess Student Understanding

Ask a Tech Teacher

For over a decade, teachers have considered it “good enough” to meet those first levels — like rote drills to replace worksheets. It improves close reading, assesses understanding, is intuitive to roll out and use, and does much more than replace something you already have.

Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

The challenge for me was to design an “assessment” that was meaningful. I had tried everything from the traditional book report style assessment to more creative movie trailers, but I didn’t feel like they accomplished what I wanted from a silent sustained reading assessment. It wasn’t until I went to a book club meeting with some friends that inspiration struck. Why couldn’t our SSR assessment be more like that?

Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

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June 8th-10th: Discounted Group Professional Development. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. Student joins a Google Classroom-based class and meets weekly with instructor to discuss class activities and assignments.

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Using Edtech for Small Group Reading Instruction

She emphasizes that meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities through the use of technology “can make reading instruction a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson.” ” Student access to content to demonstrate knowledge should be the baseline when considering educational technology that supports and enhances small group reading instruction.

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. How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. Mark: The project is a week long experience with eighth graders who try and solve a real world global problem basically in four days, present their solution to an outside group of adults who then judge their performance. Once kids select that, we then randomly group the kids into teams of five.

Meeting the Educational Challenges of COVID-19 Together

MIND Research Institute

The study looked at data for over five million students in grades 3 through 8 who had taken NWEA’s MAP Growth assessments in 2017-2018. We already had a thriving teacher community on Facebook, and have recently created a new group for families as well.

The Age-Old Faculty Meeting Facelift

My Island View

Over the many years that #Edchat has been engaging educators, one topic that always generates a huge amount of interest, based on comments, is the faculty meeting. Teachers are required to attend the faculty meetings that administrators are required to hold and very few are happy with the results. The only upside is that with each meeting a check may be placed in the box for attending. Technology may be a way to update the tired model of the faculty meeting.

Study Groups for Voluntary Professional Development

Reading By Example

She refers to these opportunities as “study groups” They are typically designed around a specific educational resource. Instead, I found that most of our in-service days were planned months in advance to address state assessment requirements. (pg. In the past, I had tried to facilitate study groups but encountered several problems. I would ask teachers when they would want to meet, a few would get back to me, and then we tried to make it fit.

Under pressure, groups that assess colleges promise to take a closer look at graduation rates

The Hechinger Report

The rising number of students who have dropped out of college saddled with debt has increased pressure on the groups that give colleges the official stamp of approval. Now those accreditation groups are promising to crack down by taking a closer look at graduation rates, loan repayment rates and default rates. Together the regional groups oversee more than 2,400 institutions.

MC Assessment = Meta Cognitive Assessment

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Despite criticism, a traditional well-written multiple choice assessment can be a valid assessment tool ( I''m bracing for rebuttals ). The techniques outlined below can be used for formative and summative assessments. Teacher Generated Multiple Choice Assessments Some givens for my MC assessments in 9th grade English: All test/quizzes are open resources (notebook & text). In groups-- the Socrative space race is great for this! What is being assessed?

High school ratings can mask groups of students who struggle

The Hechinger Report

But a new analysis from the Alliance for Excellent Education reveals that ratings can mask the outcomes for low-performing student groups. The post High school ratings can mask groups of students who struggle appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

In that capacity, she is participating—along with eighty or so of her Henry County colleagues—in the Assessment for Learning micro-credential project , led by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE). In June, she submitted evidence for and earned all the micro-credentials in the full stack , “Leading a Performance Assessment Community.” Starting in January, I focused the design team meetings on redefining the norms of the group to increase effectiveness.

Five Tips for Assessing PBL – from Douglas


John : Meets all intermediary deadlines on time, turns final project in on time. They also set Personal Goals, and if they are working on a group project, Team Goals. I require all of my students to meet with me at least once throughout the course of their project. How they tell the story is up to them, but they should address most, if not all, of the following questions: How did you start the process of designing the app/solving the problem/meeting your goals?

ST Math: Differentiating Instruction with Mastery-Based Embedded Assessment

MIND Research Institute

I took what for me seemed like the most logical path, I gave a diagnostic assessment, provided the relevant online remediation materials for the students as needed, and tried to do some reteaching of the “big gaps” that were shared by a large number of the students (like fractions, for example).

Group Texting Programs: The Next Big Wave?

Education with Technology

Group texting programs fall into two categories. The other category for group texting progams is student centered. David Murphy wonders if group texting is shaping up to be the next big battleground between the Web’s social (or search) superstars. – The group texting program will be free to use. If you know of a group texting program that meets those characteristics, please let me know so I can share it with my readers.

Group Work That Doesn't Always End in Disappointment

Fractus Learning

I know some teachers may be thinking this—how can I give up control when I have so many standards to meet prior to state testing? I also suggested getting the students to provide input in constructing the next rubric, so they are driving the assessment as well. My most recent trip showed the beginnings of an Interest Group Research Project. Their mission was to research a group and then create a commercial in order to persuade and entice people to join their group.

When Parents Should Call an IEP Meeting


Maybe you can catch them after school to set up a meeting. Consider calling an IEP meeting. If you’re still worried after you’ve talked with your child’s teacher (and/or IEP case manager), you can call an IEP meeting. Examples of when an IEP meeting would be beneficial.

How SAMR and Tech Can Help Teachers Truly Transform Assessment


Substitution: Oxford meet Oxford 2.0 While the process of creating a concept map has not shifted, teachers can observe iterations in student learning and more accurately and quickly meet students in their “just right zone”. Socrative , Kahoot and TopHat , are great tools for augmenting assessment, especially in flipped classrooms. Traditional models of engaging and assessing students are wholly transformed by tools that redefine teaching and learning.

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


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. Häkkinen leads the Accessibility Standards and Inclusive Technology Research Group at ETS, the 60-plus-year-old nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization that administers K-12 state exams along with the well-known GRE and TOEFL, among other tests.

5.3 Million Star Assessments Show the True Impact of the COVID Slide

eSchool News

Designed to end the speculation and provide guidance for educators as they address learning gaps, the report is based on the results of more than five million student assessments.

How To Teach A Group Of ESL Students Who Are At Different Levels-Tips From Teachers From HAWO American Academy

EdNews Daily

Next, you go over to meet your next student to introduce yourself, but you notice this student looks at you with complete confusion. Exercises: After you find out your students’ English levels, you can begin assessing their speaking, listening and writing skills. Make notes and mentally divide the group into beginners, medium and advanced. You can change activities throughout the month to meet the needs of your growing group of students.

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Meet the Platform That ‘Gets to Know You’—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half


Developed with technology by Realizeit, The Edge Prep ’s AI-powered engine continually assesses students’ strengths and weaknesses as they move through a series of exam questions for the SAT, ACT or SSAT. There are hundreds of different skills and assessment criteria that are assessed by the system. It saves teachers time by providing analytics on student performance, and it allows them to assign homework to individuals while also monitoring large groups of students.

Formative Assessment with Plickers


Formative assessment helps teachers make data-informed decisions to plan for and/or adjust instructional activities, identify potential misconceptions, monitor the pace of instruction, etc. While there are many ways to formatively assess students, I recently saw Eric Sheninger use Plickers during his workshop at the Ventura County Office of Education, and thought, what an easy and inexpensive way to quickly assess groups! @E_Sheninger

Meet the Platform That 'Gets to Know You'—and Cuts Test Prep Time in Half


Developed with technology by Realizeit, The Edge Prep ’s AI-powered engine continually assesses students’ strengths and weaknesses as they move through a series of exam questions for the SAT, ACT or SSAT. There are hundreds of different skills and assessment criteria that are assessed by the system. It saves teachers time by providing analytics on student performance, and it allows them to assign homework to individuals while also monitoring large groups of students.

Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice


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. Mini-lesson to you or a small group of peers.

Why Student Creation is the Hardest/Best Form of Assessment


The goal of assessment has traditionally been to measure student mastery. Why Students Prefer Creative Assessments When students are able to go through a creative process (rather than taking a traditional test or quiz) to demonstrate their learning, the process includes benchmarks at which students receive feedback from their peers and their teacher. The final product that results from a creative assessment is a unique expression of each students thinking and learning.

Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

The Hechinger Report

But assessing these skills has been a weak link in these efforts, according to the education researchers at the MIT Playful Journey Lab , which hopes to remedy that with “playful assessment” tools. Plus, evidence-based assessments could improve the overall quality of project-based learning by helping educators tailor projects to specific skills and vet a lesson’s overall effectiveness. They were one of two assessment tools in the pilot.