What Makes a Good Assessment?
JULY 7, 2016
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
MARCH 21, 2017
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?
What does assessment without testing look like?
APRIL 5, 2017
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.
Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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.
Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment
APRIL 29, 2015
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
JUNE 7, 2016
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 Design A 21st Century Assessment
TeachThought - Learn better.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
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.
How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching
OCTOBER 13, 2015
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.
4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment
DECEMBER 1, 2016
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
MARCH 19, 2017
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 Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World
Brilliant or Insane
APRIL 28, 2015
The post How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Infographics edtech feedbackBrilliant or Insane.
How to make time for innovation
The Christensen Institute
APRIL 20, 2016
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.”
100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
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]
MAY 30, 2015
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.
Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge
MARCH 23, 2016
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.
Teachers: This change is causing dramatic gains in student achievement
MARCH 23, 2017
What if we could empower our teachers to turn student assessment into a process of learning instead of a focus on measurement? Further, what if this mindset change led to an increase in student achievement on tests? But that’s not how they will operate later in their careers.
5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
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.
Moving past summative vs. formative assessments
The Christensen Institute
MAY 28, 2015
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.”.
36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life
MAY 3, 2016
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.
5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos
Class Tech Tips
MARCH 3, 2017
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.
7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding
MAY 10, 2016
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.
Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
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.
A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity
OCTOBER 20, 2016
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
JANUARY 12, 2016
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 help students become digital creators
APRIL 29, 2016
A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. Today’s students are creating learning cultures in which they are digital creators, and this transformation is benefiting districts across the nation, according to a new report.
3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
AUGUST 15, 2016
Now that the buzz about flipped learning is calming and the novelty is wearing off, the time has come to dig a little deeper into the natural outcomes of flipping. Inevitably, a teacher who is new to flipping will use materials from previous years.
How to hire technology leaders, not followers
MARCH 15, 2016
Just as a sculptor can take a rough block of granite and turn it into a piece of art, the leader of a 21st century organization must take a 20th century organization and sculpt it into its modern equivalent — an organization prepared to leverage technology to enhance education.
How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time
DECEMBER 3, 2016
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.
10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier
JANUARY 27, 2016
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 Teach Empathy
TeachThought - Learn better.
AUGUST 31, 2015
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.”.
5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks
MARCH 17, 2017
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.”
How to Teach With Videos
Ask a Tech Teacher
DECEMBER 14, 2016
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.
7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning
AUGUST 10, 2015
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
JULY 10, 2015
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.
Formative Assessment and Google Forms
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Formative assessment informs educators about student learning, and when done correctly , it also informs the students how to improve and move forward with their next goal. Teachers must know how to use the data to drive their instruction.
How to Make a Great Quiz
APRIL 5, 2017
Answer: Read on to find out. With hundreds of thousands of quizzes created by GoConqr users, from language teachers to corporate trainers, and professional study group participants to high school students, we’ve learned a few things about how to make a great quiz.
3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing
JULY 16, 2016
Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H.