How NOT to Assess Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In my school, every teacher assesses writing. Writing is no longer treated as a stand-alone skill, rather a tool students use to provide evidence of their knowledge. Conduct research based on focused questions that demonstrate understanding of the subject. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. These skills are part of their knowledge base for word processing.

169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today’s tip: #151–8 Popular Year-long Assessments. Category: ASSESSMENTS. Assess them anecdotally regularly to track progress. Effort —assess student tech knowledge based on process not product. Teaching others —expect students to share their knowledge with classmates. ‘ Quizzes/tests taken in tech class—occasionally, quiz students on their knowledge through rubrics or summative assessments.

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How to Make Assessment Meaningful this School Year | By @EduSight

TeacherCast

Given what we’re trying to help teachers with at Edusight , I was attracted to two sessions – making assessment meaningful, and reinventing the parent-teacher conference. Here are the top 3 things I learned about how teachers can make assessment more meaningful every day! Assessment for the sake of assessment is futile – the goal of assessment should be to inform instruction, rather than to check a box. How do you make assessment more meaningful?

Math Scores Drop, But Achievement Gap Narrows for U.S. Teens in International PISA Assessment

Edsurge

The results are in: The National Center for Education Statistics today released its findings for the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The assessment, which has been administered every three years since 2000, measures math, science and reading literacy of 15-year-olds in 73 education systems around the globe.

5 Digital Tools That can Help Educators Manage the Workload

EmergingEdTech

Guest writer Nancy Lin offers 5 free web apps with phone based counterparts, that can be a huge help in classroom. Not so long ago, teachers had to rely largely on an extensive knowledge base, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Administrative Solutions Assessment Free Tools & Resources Mobile Learning Resources

What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

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Because new information is blended into prior knowledge, the result is – of course – subjective, heavily dependent upon the personal lens of each learner. That, in turn, is dependent upon their society, culture, past knowledge, personal experiences, and more. Learning is constructed, not acquired, and is based on the fullness of a person’s individual lifetime of learning. Constructivism also works well with inquiry-based learning (click for more on inquiry-based teaching).

Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

The message that I try to convey is that technology should not be separate from sound instructional design, but instead serve as a ubiquitous entity that supports or enhances curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Here is what I struggle with based on what I actually see in practice. Now I am not saying that foundational knowledge is not important. As I said previously, foundational knowledge provides a bridge to higher-level thinking and application.

The COPPA Rule, FERPA, and the Security of Student Data

Doug Levin

In this comment, I make four assertions: There is an emerging knowledge base on cybersecurity incidents involving schools and student data that should be used to guide decisionmaking. School administrators lack guidance, resources, and the capacity to assess the reasonableness of their own and third-party data security practices. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S.

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THE HOW: Tricks for Digital Testing

Tech Helpful

TEACHER CHALLENGE QUESTION: If you are unsure if a student has cheated or not, ask yourself how you can change your classroom structure to have more formative feedback so you would feel more certain about a student's knowledge base before they take an assessment? As teachers, our goal is for students to learn our curriculum, use formative assessment to create a pathway that gives you feedback to make that happen.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In this culminating project-based unit, students design prototypes for real users that address issues related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building their skillset and their knowledge base makes them eager to solve authentic problems. It allows each person to contribute with shorter deadlines and individual deliverables and makes it easier to assess each person’s contribution.

How to Blend DoK into Lesson Plans without a Comprehensive Rewrite

Ask a Tech Teacher

I recently got a question from a reader asking how the lessons in my K-8 curriculum supported Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge philosophy — an integral concept to her school’s mission. Now, exemplary teachers focus on blending learning into the student’s life knowledge base with the goal of building happy, productive adults. Rather, it itemizes ways students interact with knowledge. How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model.

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Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

Something that could adapt with the ever changing knowledge base educators and students could pull from along with being more personal. More Instructional Materials-In additional to all this there are flashcards, lesson plans, assessments and other materials that can truly make your digital learning a complete experience. A while back there was a push to move away from traditional textbooks and move to something more flexible and nimble. Still true today!)

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Education Needs to Push the Hard-Reset Button

EdNews Daily

Are sequential and upon completion provide a complete set of knowledge applicable to a career or higher education study pathway. This will ensure highest and best practices for an ever-evolving knowledge base. These modules/learning packets accumulate to a complete body of knowledge. Health and human function, including diet and exercise knowledge. Begin each student with a common play-based curriculum. . By Matt Ridenour.

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts. Transfer of knowledge is critical. Assessments aren’t about ‘getting everything right’ but about making progress toward the goal of preparing for life.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

What we have uncovered in the field from our research, school visits, classroom observations, and assessment of programs, policies, and practices in K–12 public schools that serve the not-so-common learner resulted in our most recent joint publication entitled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner (Dove, Honigsfeld, & Cohan, 2014). Next, teachers work collaboratively to plan both instruction and assessment using the curriculum maps.

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

It is well known that individuals construct new knowledge based on what they already know, that they learn differently from one another, and that they learn best when they are asked to perform appropriately challenging tasks. Given the variation in students’ knowledge, skills and learning strategies, it is difficult for educators to provide each unique student with the best opportunity to learn.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

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” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Teachers get tangled in a web of standards, mission statements, and assessments, and spend too much time on what their institution considers essential. The concept of lifelong learning recognizes that knowledge is not confined to a classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations.

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OPINION: 7 in 10 students aren’t writing at grade level — we can do better

The Hechinger Report

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 25 percent of students nationwide are writing on grade level, and 3 percent are considered advanced. A systematic approach to writing instruction is missing from the knowledge base. These strategies improve oral language, deepen students’ content knowledge, and fortify reading comprehension and writing all at the same time.

Making an Impact with Games?

ProfHacker

One of the continuing challenges for bringing games into education is assessing the impact of games on learning. ” These are some of the frustrations with assessment that accompany any digital pedagogy, as we may default to using comparative measures (does this game “teach” better than a lecture?) Such rigidity can be dangerous, sometimes leading to games based on evaluation methods (rather than methods based on the game).”

What does it mean to be a teacher in higher education for the next decade

Linways Technologies

So as a teacher, you at least need to have a working knowledge about technology, internet, social networking etc. It will be crucial for communication and for assessing your students’ needs. So be current and accurate on what you teach and try refreshing your knowledge base every now and then so that you won’t miss out on important advancements and new discoveries. In the hands of a great teacher, technology can transcend the boundaries between knowledge and learning.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. Use the data outputs from your LMS, classroom assessment and practice programs, high-stakes tests, and any other technologies that you already have in place as support for driving effective instructional techniques. I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years.

SMART, Samsung offer a boost for collaboration

eSchool News

SMART amp is a cloud-based solution, available on virtually any browser-enabled device. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, and tablets while enabling teachers and students to collaborate and co-create in real time, do in-class assessment, connect to shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

eSchool News

As this movement gains traction, formative assessment tools will become critically important to the iterative process of maximizing the learning environment and customizing instruction to meet students’ needs. We are seeing schools and districts starting to be more creative and collaborative with PD, expanding beyond school-wide workshops to include professional learning that recognizes the existing competencies and knowledge base individual educators bring to their work.

How teachers, academicians, and education enthusiasts helped Linways to build a world-class product.

Linways Technologies

Transforming Linways AMS for the betterment of the educational system was possible to a greater extent based on customer feedback and ideas. Some of them include the addition of Rubrics in Integrating Outcome Based Education and development of an advanced version of the accreditation Module. Let’s have a look at how we built an upgraded version of the Excellence and Assessment Tool (EXAT) with the suggestions we got from customers.

Does the Word ‘Teacher’ Still Describe What Educators Do in the Classroom?

Edsurge

She says the teaching practice has changed and the expectations put on teachers are vast, noting that they are expected to pre-assess to gauge where students are beginning from, learn multiple technology tools, differentiate their instruction, finding out students’ interests and habits, personalize their instruction and ensure continued growth. It is a great disservice to the knowledge base underlying education.” .

5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

Observable student actions: Demonstrates precise content knowledge. Observable student actions : Responds to questions with evidence-based answers. Core Practice 3: Grow and improve students’ knowledge base. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations. Core Practice 4: Assess progress toward mastery. When you walk into a classroom, how can you be sure that students are really on their way to being college- and career-ready?

How teachers, academicians, and education enthusiasts helped Linways to build a world-class product.

Linways Technologies

Transforming Linways AMS for the betterment of the educational system was possible to a greater extent based on customer feedback and ideas. Some of them include the addition of Rubrics in Integrating Outcome Based Education and development of an advanced version of the accreditation Module. Let’s have a look at how we built an upgraded version of the Excellence and Assessment Tool (EXAT) with the suggestions we got from customers.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Expanding the knowledge base for more conversation is problematic because you need to increase the static responses and link them to new requests and questions. In the same way, the 9-dimensional make-up of the e nterpriseMind platform gives our AI understanding, or meaning, and has two major benefits: first, it can learn facts automatically at minimal cost and second, it can scale this knowledge into human level functionality. By Charles Sosnik.

ETA hand2mind Unveils Daily Math Fluency at 2018 NCSM/NCTM Conferences

techlearning

Today, in her role as a math consultant for Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson, Texas, she creates and conducts professional development for teachers “When students construct their own mathematical knowledge based on understanding the relationships in math, they are on the path to becoming mathematical thinkers,” said Goerig. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Lessons and Leadership During the Switch to Online Learning

edWeb.net

Based on recent discussions about reopening schools in the fall, Dr. Daniel Domenech, Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators, believes that only limited numbers of students will be back in the classroom at any one time, so there will be continued switching back and forth between remote and on-site education as part of a blended-learning approach. In 2009, Tom was appointed by the US Secretary of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board.

[Throwback Thursday] 5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

Observable student actions: Demonstrates precise content knowledge. Observable student actions : Responds to questions with evidence-based answers. Core Practice 3: Grow and improve students’ knowledge base. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations. Core Practice 4: Assess progress toward mastery. Throwback Thursday is our new weekly blog that opens up our vault and reshares some of our most popular topics.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

edWeb.net

The school system, argued Dr. Stephanie Curenton, is based on one of privilege, framed around a white perspective that drives educational outcomes along racial lines, with a clear demarcation between the disadvantaged and advantaged. By Michele Israel. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Good, Bad, & Ugly: Blended Learning Effectiveness #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Good, Bad, & Ugly: Blended Learning Effectiveness SXSWedu 2017 Debate Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education Research, Christensen Institute Lisa Hansel, Advisor, Knowledge Matters Saro Mohammed (Moderator), Partner, The Learning Accelerator Personalized learning is one of true transformational opportunities in education. Critical thinking is grounded in knowledge bases. Assess tools by use case as opposed to features and functionality.

How to Prepare Your Students for College

Benchmark Education

Dr. Matthew Koehler and Punya Mishra, researchers at Michigan State University, developed TPACK : Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. With this content knowledge base and strategy focus, your students are ready to move into precisely leveled texts for guided and independent practice. Want to know how your students are actually processing texts—the holy grail of embedded formative assessment? A New World of Technology—in Classrooms, Around the Globe.

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What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

As this week has progressed I find myself thinking on the subject a lot, and this blog post is a more thought out list of technology knowledge I think preservice teachers should be aware of before entering the workforce: Blended learning. Technology-based formative assessment options. For centuries teachers have learned the value of formative assessment.