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

How to Build Great Teachers

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Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build great teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.

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What Makes a Good Assessment?

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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.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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?

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 Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Assess Student Writing in Google Docs with WriQ. WriQ is currently a FREE tool that helps teachers assess writing in Google Docs. Have you had a chance to try WriQ yet?

How to Really Use Data With Students

Brilliant or Insane

The post How to Really Use Data With Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured TTOGBrilliant or Insane. Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data.

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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 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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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 Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

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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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Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

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That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

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Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

School sees massive literacy boost thanks to new assessment attitude

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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.

How to Make Your Teaching Something Special

The CoolCatTeacher

Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher , gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching that will help us be better teachers. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

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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.

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 introduce kindergarteners to computers

eSchool News

Today’s students are expected to have some typing proficiency as early as kindergarten. For example, our students must be able to, at minimum, type their first and last name in order to access their devices and accounts. Next page: Taking the fun approach to the keyboard).

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.”

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

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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.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

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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]

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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

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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 create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

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According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

Personalizing the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model

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That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity

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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.

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.”.

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. .

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

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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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8 steps to effective K-12 assessments

eSchool News

Developing quality assessments can be challenging for a number of reasons. And, because assessments are essential in so many student-focused decisions, it’s important to get them right. Use assessments to uncover good decision-making evidence.

How to assess your district’s digital readiness

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How do you know if your school system is high performing in its use of technology? While there are many free, self-assessments, how do you get a rigorous, outside expert assessment? In addition, there is a need to address the “elephant in the room” of teaching to the test.

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

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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.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

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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 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.

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.

5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks

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Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”

7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

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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.

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