What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday?

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment by Mike Fisher Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging 21st Century skills, using digital tools, collaborating. Assessment Advanced How-To Middle & High School

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. We need them to master the material. We need to teach it.

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment. In my book Digital Learning Strategies , I describe four considerations for Replacement Thinking around assessments. Whatever they create with digital tools should still represent what students were to learn.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

So, what we have doesn’t seem to be working. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This is a contribution to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education Top Global Teacher Blogger’s Column. She read them to us.

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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

Edudemic

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really […]. The post Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment appeared first on Edudemic.

Re-Balancing Assessment: Moving Towards More Formative and Performance Based Approaches

EmergingEdTech

Part 1 of 2 Suggesting an Improved Approach to Accountability and Testing I recently had an informative discussion with Stuart Kahl, founding principal of Measured Progess. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Tools for Teachers Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools. How to Edit Your Padlet.

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What does assessment without testing look like?

eSchool News

Educators at all levels agree on the need to assess what their students know, but a growing number of them find that tests are not the best way to do it. This trio of educators has found innovative ways to empower their students to show what they know.

How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World

Brilliant or Insane

The post How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Infographics edtech feedbackBrilliant or Insane.

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School sees massive literacy boost thanks to new assessment attitude

eSchool News

We have work to do, but shifting our mindset regarding assessment has made a huge impact. We all know the purpose of assessment/testing is to gather information that will lead to improved instruction and learning. Assessment Fatigue and Frustration.

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes .

How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of my favorite features allows us to differentiate a form for students, meaning we can send students to different questions and pages of information based on how they answer each question.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. I only want this to include high quality up-to-date information, so if you think anything needs to be added or changed, leave a comment. .

50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote. The post 50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video] appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

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Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thomas also reflects upon those teachers who never drop grades and when it may be right or wrong to do so.

How To Teach Empathy

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How To Teach Empathy. The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”.

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. As such, performance assessments can take more time and expertise to grade than simple multiple-choice tests with one “right answer.”

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Haiku Learning is the tool I use to blend my classroom.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. Today we talk to my favorite P.E.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. We’ll also be hosting a free webinar where I give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I set up my Learning Management System on November 30 at 4:30 EST. Register here. My students need to be ready.

How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The App Store is NOT the best place to find apps for your classroom. The best way to find apps is to connect and learn from other teachers using apps in their classroom.

7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

The CoolCatTeacher

Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher.

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Alan November @globalearner shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam. In today’s ThoughtLeader Thursday, start thinking about this new idea in assessment. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. I’ve learned not to try.

5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos

Class Tech Tips

One of my most popular posts last year was a list of tools teachers and students can use to create how-to videos. There are plenty… The post 5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos appeared first on Class Tech Tips.

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A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity

EmergingEdTech

A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock’s “5 W’s” to Evaluating Web Site Content I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom.

How to Differentiate Rigor and Assessment

MiddleWeb

The refreshingly clear way that Barbara Blackburn collects and presents best practices in her book on rigor and assessment should help teachers become more effective at providing well differentiated instruction in a positive classroom environment, writes Roy Palmer.

An overlooked key to success? Teaching teachers how to teach reading

eSchool News

The ability to read, and read well, is a skill that follows students for the rest of their lives and yet it’s shocking how many children lack the early education support they need to develop this essential competency. Here’s how we made it work.

Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

As competency-based education (CBE) gains momentum in higher education, the market is becoming increasingly crowded with companies and institutions working on competency-based platforms and online approaches to CBE. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach. But this isn’t simply a matter of focusing on formative assessments instead of summative. Now I’m going to show you how to do it. In education, we call it “summative assessment.”.

Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab

The CoolCatTeacher

Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. In this article, you’ll learn how to use SMART lab to build fast games and lessons. We’ll also look at how using this tool changes the lesson planning workflow.

How To Add Rigor To Anything

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How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment. It is also among the most troublesome due to its subjectivity. And more importantly, how can you use to promote understanding? 10 Strategies To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment.

10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier

The CoolCatTeacher

From math class to history, you’ll learn something new. In today’s show, I’ll tell you how I’m using the Jtouch board in my classroom. Listen to this show to learn more about how I’m using the Jtouch from Infocus or click here to see it in action.

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum. It comes in many forms, from essays, quizzes, and exams, to the lifeless “ What’d you learn in school today? Curiously, there haven’t been very many attempts to make learning, in and of itself, visible.

The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

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The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid. It’s that time of the school year when teachers are facing writing their first or second wave of unit tests and assessments. The following list of items are things best avoided in designing quality teacher-made assessments. .

7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

How do we know our students have really mastered the standards we are supposed to teach? Assessment coach Garnett Hillman helps us understand how our assessments need to change. (We We learn the tools and tips to help us with assessments.

3 Ways Monsters and Minecraft Can Drive Great Teaching and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Want your school to use Minecraft? This is THE episode to share ! How do you talk to kids about Minecraft in the classroom? How you can lead even when students know more about Minecraft than you do. How machinima is changing. Want to talk about Minecraft.

How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time

The CoolCatTeacher

Answer the question "Why does my child have to do this homework?" If you ever assign homework, you have likely dealt with the “Why does my child have to do this homework?” Without a doubt, we need to be prepared to answer their questions.

How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Including videos in your lesson plan is a great way to modernize traditional lectures or PowerPoint presentations.

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