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

NeverEndingSearch

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.

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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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.

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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).

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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? ,

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

The Cornerstone Blog

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.

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

Edsurge

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

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

Edsurge

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.

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.,

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

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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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.

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 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?

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

Edsurge

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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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

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!

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 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

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

techlearning

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.

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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.

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

Edsurge

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.”

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.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paloma Garcia-Lopez - Executive Director, Maker Education Initiative - "Maker Movement: Making More Makers" Jeanne Century - Director of Research and Evaluation and Science Education, Outlier Research and Evaluation, CEMSE, University of Chicago - "Is it STEM or Just Good Practice?"

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

techlearning

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

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

techlearning

At the same time, we must remember to connect to the content standards while facilitating and assessing 21st century skills. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

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How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars

Edsurge

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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10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. If you are attending, check out my STEM and Maker’s Session.

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

MindShift

Below we offer our Top Five reasons why, as educators, we should care about spatial thinking when we plan, observe, and assess mathematics in our classrooms. In one of the first studies of its kind to show specific links between spatial and mathematical skills, Cheng and Mix (2013) assessed children in both spatial and math skills. Spatial thinking is an important predictor of achievement in STEM careers.

High School Students Invited to Compete in New Solar Energy Design Challenge

techlearning

The challenge is part of the Solarize Your World program, a research and education initiative created by the Concord Consortium, and industry partners to engage future engineers and STEM workforce in the effort to more effectively harness solar power. The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.),a

North Carolina New Schools Shuts Down, Cites Rapid Growth

K-12 Schools - Education News

The North Carolina New Schools Project first received an $11 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, meant to restructure secondary education through the creation of smaller high schools. (Image: North Carolina New School Foundation).

OPINION: Why we need to know more, not less, about what students get from college

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. In 2013, the White House decided that the nation needed a rating system that would evaluate the approximately 7,000 post-secondary institutions that participate in federal student-aid programs.