Assessing Maker Education Projects

User Generated Education

Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople. Educators should be clear about why they include assessment in their instruction; be strategic and intentional in its use.

Innovating Pedagogy Report released - some great information included

Educational Technology Guy

The Open University''s annual ''Innovating Pedagogy'' report has just been published. 2014 is the third year they have published the report, exploring innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. Take a look at here: [link] news/news/2014-innovating- pedagogy-report.

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Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

Visual mapping (which you can see an example of in our latest interactive report on workforce development ) can reveal duplicate systems as well as time-consuming and inefficient manual processes. City of Portland/Multnomah County Digital Equity Action Plan Year 2 Report.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

How NOT to Assess Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In my school, every teacher assesses writing. That’s not just for essays or reports but slideshows, blog posts, comments in forums, and more. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!

Kleinspiration

FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1 st -8 th ). The teacher will begin the assessment by starting the app timer and then tap (+) or (-) as a student makes or corrects a mistake. FluencyFinder V.

Project Information Literacy News Study: A new study on new adults and news

NeverEndingSearch

Dr. Alison Head and her Project Information Literacy (PIL) research team recently released the findings of a new national study on college students and how they consume and interact with a vast and deeply polarized news ecosystem. News Study Report.

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When It Comes to Technology and Engineering, National Report Card Confirms: Girls Rule

Edsurge

Pretty well, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The assessment featured 15 scenario-based tasks, which incorporated video clips, audio, animation and text, as well as 77 discrete questions.

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Mindful Literacy Assessment

Reading By Example

A teacher came up to me in the hallway, holding printed reports. ” She was referring to our screener results, the computerized assessments we have our students take in fall, winter, and spring. Unfortunately, educators too often end up in service to the assessment.

20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Recently, we discussed our favorite formative assessment tools for the classroom, and I wanted to share these here for you as a resource. 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom. (in

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

One of these tools is the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA). This information is completed and archived in the Professional Learning Portal (PLP), a free digital platform developed by ICLE to support schools in data collection, reflection and goal setting, to grow and improve.

Flocabulary debuts student assessments, reporting tools

eSchool News

New tools aim to help teachers use student assessments to target individual learning needs. In addition to the educational hip-hop videos and interactive activities, each instructional unit now features an auto-graded formative assessment for students.

DigiExam and the Future of Assessment

EdNews Daily

Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant.

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. .

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Kiddom now offers personalized curricula, visual reports and more

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re a fan of Kiddom , the easy way to plan, assess, and analyze learning, you’ll be excited to hear that they added more than 50 features to the new Kiddom 2.0 (see Reports — visualize progress with beautiful analytics that track student performance.

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Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)

Edsurge

Schools and districts needed a way to standardize data about their students’ backgrounds and achievement levels to meet state and federal reporting requirements. Reports to Insights. How that information from edtech tools is stored, exported, and made accessible to educators remains inconsistent. Efforts around interoperability “need to move from one of data transport, like, ‘How do I exchange information between different platforms?’

Digiexam and the future of assessment

EdNews Daily

Some point to the essential reductionism of the examination process , questioning the validity of the way that student learning is assessed. Others express concerns that traditional forms of assessment are measuring forms of intelligence and/or competencies that are no longer relevant.

ASCD's #Empower18 Conference Report

techlearning

It is used to develop interactive presentations and assessments that can be used to add amazing effects in the classroom. Newsela is an instructional content platform that brings together compelling, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to support reading engagement.

Assessments can support, not just measure, student learning

The Hechinger Report

Assessments have a bad rap in schools. But the word assessment describes vastly different things. Yes, the nail-biting, end-of-year exam is an assessment. These lower-stakes assessments happen all the time in the classroom and they’re vital for student performance.

The Road to Invisible Assessment

Edsurge

Are great teaching and assessment fundamentally at odds? One might think so because, unfortunately, the words “test” and “assessment” are often used interchangeably. Yet somehow assessment evokes a more positive reaction. Done well, assessment is ongoing, constant and invisible. Ten years ago, invisible assessment was a concept long on potential but limited by the realities of the classroom. But little by little, invisible assessment is becoming a reality.

Triangulating Assessment via Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

When such tasks have been implemented, we then have the responsibility to gather meaningful information for assessment and evaluation purposes. The Triangulation of Assessment is an effective and authentic way to gather such data.

Report: Kindergarten Absences Have Long-Term Consequences

K-12 Schools - Education News

A national report released by nonprofits Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign suggests that a child’s attendance in kindergarten has a strong influence on future educational success. That pattern was found throughout the United States, reports Sara Guaglione for iSchoolGuide.

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Librarians: Information literacy is a must-have skill

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This article is Part 2 of our 3-part series on information literacy. Nearly half of librarians in a recent survey said their libraries do not advocate for information literacy as much as they should.

Math Scores Take a Dip across the Nation, Reading Scores Mixed

Where Learning Clicks

The Nation’s Report Card delivered disappointing news in late October, revealing lower scores in math and mixed results in reading scores for students participating in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Students Experiencing Distress Need Early Intervention: Secret Service Report on Reducing School Violence

Gaggle Speaks

The Secret Service recently published a report on school safety that details a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan that includes assessments for desperation, despair, emotional issues, and stressors. Are there steps schools can take to intervene and help prevent violence?

Report Highlights Epidemic of Chronic Absences

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report suggests that significant education achievement gaps present across the country exist due to the increasing frequency of chronic absenteeism, especially among low-income and minority students. The report stresses the importance of looking at all causes of chronic absenteeism.

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. What Should Assessments “Do”? Assessments are data creation tools.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards.

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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.

Report: Kindergarten Increasingly Pushing Academic Skills

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report suggests that accountability pressures have reached down through the elementary grades, causing kindergarten to become more focused on academic skills and less centered around opportunities for play.

Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape

Marketplace K-12

The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level.

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

techlearning

October 1, 2018 – RALEIGH, North Carolina – More students and parents will receive Lexile and Quantile scores on high stakes test reports this school year than ever before. In all other states, Lexile and Quantile measures are used and reported at local levels.

Informal survey suggests disconnect between teachers and data

eSchool News

At this year’s ISTE conference Lexia Learning polled more than 200 educators in an informal survey, which suggests teachers are not using collected data to pinpoint skill deficiencies in a timely manner. Material from a press release was used in this report.

Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know there are some amazing formative assessment tools on the web. Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing - Michael Gorman ( https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com ) . Help and Information Center.

Assessments to play reduced classroom role

eSchool News

Obama Administration moves to limit how frequently assessments are used in the classroom. ” “One essential part of educating students successfully is assessing their progress in learning to high standards. Some states are already taking action to reduce assessments.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Edsurge

The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. that of 'Grades,'” Earick writes in an upcoming report on the project. Those barriers include “(1) student assessments that don't accurately reflect students’ true understandings and skills and (2) methods for grouping students (by age) that often poorly align to their true needs as learners.”.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. In the final section of the report, the DOE provided a set of recommendations for implementing blended learning.

Few States Offer or Require Financial Education Classes, Report Says

K-12 Schools - Education News

According to a recent report from the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, only five states in the country deserve a grade of A or A+ for their financial education efforts. Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia received an A on the report.

SmartAsset Report Analyzes Best Places to Be a Teacher

K-12 Schools - Education News

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the median annual pay for elementary and kindergarten teachers was roughly 40.4% in 2014, says BLS information from the USCB. (Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons).