iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. We created Assessment Items.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit … Welcome , Lt. STEM should be a catalyst for active learning. Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Over 5,100 applications were submitted for STEM Scale-Up Grants.

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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team. News STEM

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


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I hope you are enjoying this series on formative assessment, and I am sure you will find these tools most valuable. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Back Channel for Formative Assessment.

The school that connects STEM, badging, and life beyond the classroom

eSchool News

These are important skills for students to master, not least because of the growing demand for science and STEM professionals. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that California will have the largest STEM workforce in the country by 2022.

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7 ways data collection is improving STEM education

eSchool News

STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district. One exciting way we’re infusing technology into STEM education is through our district’s Innovations Labs. Expanding our use of the devices has helped immensely in preparing students for college and careers, and our local post-secondary partners are thrilled.


23 amazing STEM and digital learning tools

eSchool News

program introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education. Next page: More digital technologies and STEM resources).

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

So I question how and why we currently assess and evaluate them on a common grade standard. Aspinall’s latest project, Edmettle , takes personalized learning a step further – into assessment.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

We are also hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment. Books Starr has authored: Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective , Blogging for Educators , Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help Students grow as learners? ,

How AR and VR Can Inspire Innovation—and Boost College and Career Readiness


To have access to high paying careers in the future requires some type of post-secondary education. Simulations for STEM Learning. If we look at the four schools and how they're performing on the NWEA assessment in science, we see that these schools are very easily on pace with or outpacing the national average in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Education Technology 21st Century Skills Technology in School Assessment Driven Curriculum STEM Education Augmented Reality

Hacking project-based learning: tips for management, assessment, & more from Ross Cooper & Erin Murphy

The Cornerstone for Teachers

But it’s not always simple to plan, and manage, and assess, so we’re going to talk about some practical teaching strategies today. With PBL, kids show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

An Interactive Tool Empowers High Schoolers To Take Control of Career Planning


Today, Lee is a Post Secondary Programs Coordinator for Valley Center USD 262. During this advisory time, students use the software to research careers, research their majors and even figure out which careers match their personality using Xello’s Matchmaker assessment.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?


That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We But the individual computerized assessments PLTW has built aren’t exactly what Darling-Hammond had in mind. “Is

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Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

Nevils, a former AP physics teacher with both the Houston and Spring Branch independent school districts, previously served as assistant director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and leader of the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching program.

Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event

Discovery Education

In these workshops, educators, and administrators worked together in focused discussions on topics such as formative assessment, student engagement, personalized learning, and disciplinary literacy. They also shared digital instructional practices in social studies, math, science, and STEM. director of secondary curriculum and instruction, Marietta City Schools, Ga. Classroom, curriculum, and central office leaders from across the Southeast and beyond met in Atlanta, Ga.,

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

It allows each person to contribute with shorter deadlines and individual deliverables and makes it easier to assess each person’s contribution. In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges.

Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

Discovery Education

Vrain Valley schools, has a vision for how STEM can be applied across all subjects to build a stronger foundation for future learners. Vrain, and where he sees the future of STEM heading. STEM/STEAM programs have really taken off across the country in recent years. At St.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines


Connecting emotion and content Jill Weber, a secondary school teacher in Cheney, Kansas, uses an effective ELA and social studies strategy called Note card confessions. Whether teacher or student created, each timeline is assigned its own URL that allows for easy access for collaboration and assessment. Education Technology 21st Century Skills Technology in School Visual Arts STEM Education Video Instruction For Teachers Core Curriculum

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A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This week I’ll be on a panel discussing the Future Classroom at this year’s STEM Summit hosted by Towson University. Here are three important questions that deserve the most attention as we look to the future of secondary education: How will student evaluation change?

Oregon approves Discovery math resource statewide

eSchool News

Technology enhanced items and formative assessments are woven throughout the entire instructional cycle, and teachers have a data dashboard to monitor student progress instantaneously. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top News

3 apps that lead to improved executive functioning skills

eSchool News

Executive functioning skills are the foundation of academic success in college, but similar to ‘soft skills’ in the workplace, are often not explicitly taught in secondary education. Here is a worksheet with suggested assessment categories.

The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

eighth grader Braelynn Wood took up her STEM class challenge to “make the world a better place” by designing and 3D-printing a new holder for the school’s badminton net. Educational 3D printer manufacturer VariQuest has created the STEM:IT curriculum.

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A World of PBL… 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, Makerspace, Inquiry, Computational Thinking, and the 4 C’s. I will be providing workshops and featured sessions on STEM, PBL, Inquiry, Maker Space, and Computational Thinking!

9 Good Collections of Videos for Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Common practice was to assign a chapter to read in a textbook and then a worksheet to assess student knowledge. Bitsize is the BBC’s collection of free short videos and lessons (they’re all bite-sized) on over fifty subjects taught in Primary or Secondary education.

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“The biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Daily Edventures

Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator. Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared for what he experienced at one of his first teaching jobs. “I

The Edtech Industry Has 'Created a Mess'—Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November


EdSurge caught up briefly with November and Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, at ISTE for this week's podcast. Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM teacher and administrator. Alan November is a big-name educational consultant who was once a champion of technology in the classroom.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Self-marked assessment activities, such as multiple choice quizzes, can be undertaken by children to gauge their progress and to determine if they are ready for more challenging tasks. Dr. Neelam Parmar; Director of E-learning for Primary & Secondary Schools.

How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In


Similarly, over in Minnesota, a K-6 STEM teacher named Rachel Pierson relies on feedback from the students themselves. “If Rachel Pierson, K-6 STEM Teacher. Administrators were a bit more tempered in their responses, expressing hesitation about whether live observation is the be-all, end-all in assessing edtech impact. Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, felt the same.

Game On: How Four Community College Professors Spawned the CUNY Games Network


While further investigation is necessary to assess the specific affordances and long-term effects of GBL in higher education, this study offers preliminary support for the claim that GBL can improve deep learning in this setting, by increasing enjoyment. “I National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education award in March 2015 through April 2018 called “A Simulation-Based Curriculum to Accelerate Math Remediation and Improve Degree Completion for STEM Majors.”

Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


Discovery Education’s Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.


How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars


If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet. To maximize participation and use of the strategy, we provide discussion stems for the habit.

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Teachers Want Better Ed-Tech Science Tools. Will the Market Provide Them?

Marketplace K-12

Far too many jobs in science are going unfilled; for instance, not enough minority students are jumping into science, technology, engineering, and math, or “STEM” careers, the authors say. ESSA’s ‘Innovative Assessment’ Pilot: What Companies Should Expect.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School


Schools increase their course offerings by using the VHS catalog which consists of more than 200 unique online courses, including 23 AP® offerings, innovative STEM programs, and a wide variety of unique electives. Positive response to the courses offered by The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.),a