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.

Music Training Speeds Up Brain Development in Children

Digital Promise

In our lab, we want to understand whether music training during childhood improves brain functions for processing sound more generally. Music Training and the Brain. Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement. The ideal comparison group would be children who participate in equally socially interactive but nonmusical training, such as sports.

Micro-credentials Strengthening Pre-service Teacher Training

Digital Promise

Formative Assessment. In comparison, Collaboration , Formative Assessment , and Learner Engagement are practice-based, where the earner composes a lesson plan, teaches it to students, and then provides artifacts, such as a classroom video excerpt, of the experience with a reflective essay. The post Micro-credentials Strengthening Pre-service Teacher Training appeared first on Digital Promise.

How to create an LMS training program for schools: A step by step guide


In a previous post we chatted about the importance of training in order to achieve LMS success. The better training you provide to your staff, the sooner they will understand how to use the LMS and increase the school’s productivity and goals. How willing are they to do the training.

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Toward Renewable Assessments

iterating toward openness

For some time now I’ve been critical of “disposable assessments.” ” An assessment can be characterized as “disposable” if everyone understands that its ultimate destiny is the garbage can. ” Research on Renewable Assessments.

5 Key Ways to Improve Your Franchise Training


The key to making this happen is through communication and training franchisees. From talking to our customers and researching what the best do, we’ve identified 5 elements that successful companies incorporate to improve their franchise training programs.

What is authentic assessment?

Learning with 'e's

Assessment. It's important because it shows that assessment drives they way we teach. Cathy proposes a causal link between the way we conduct assessment in formalised education and the deficit we see today in the workplace. Do you have good examples of authentic assessment?

5 Tips on how to train teachers to use an LMS


Training teachers to use technology in the classroom so that they improve their teaching techniques and support students in their learning paths is paramount to edtech success. But teachers can be reluctant to technology and not very fond of training programs either.

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Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

In addition, in having to consider a multitude of ancillary issues such as integrating adaptive learning technologies, creating e-portfolios, building repositories of content, and reimagining staffing models, many learning providers find themselves dealing with assessments as more of an afterthought. 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.

Why Student Creation is the Hardest/Best Form of Assessment


The goal of assessment has traditionally been to measure student mastery. The final product that results from a creative assessment is a unique expression of each students thinking and learning. This is actually not a creative assessment at all. Assessment TL Advisor Blog PBL

The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. Currently, teacher-created assessments are by far the most common instruments for measuring students’ learning and providing feedback on a day-to-day basis. Recognizing the cost of human-graded assessment.

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.

Real or Fake? Factitious is a Breakthrough Tool for Assessing Student Online Literacy


With a specific goal of training our kids to be effective consumers of online information. We ended our conversation with a very handy little tool that is perfect for assessing the ability of students to recognize fake from real news. Real or fake? Biased or unbiased?

Five reasons teacher residencies often outperform traditional training

The Hechinger Report

Just like doctors in training, aspiring teachers need sustained clinical experiences alongside expert practitioners to build links between educational theory and practice and to develop the hands-on techniques and strategies that help children learn.

Video Tutorial: Desire2Learn (Brightspace) 10.3 - Instructor Training


This online training series will show instructors how to best manage their files, content, assessments and students. Techlearning Resources PD Tips

Unemployment, training, and education

Connecting 2 the World

With these statistics about unemployment, education, and age, therefore, we must reconsider our policies about training, education, and the unemployment rate. Namely, training for a specific job will not make employment decrease. Rather, there needs to be some changes to the way corporations hire and train their workforce. Interestingly enough, the US stopped collecting data on workplace training in 1995.

Tech Needs More Than Coders. This Bootcamp Will Train Sales Chops (and Even Pay For It)


The program starts off with a one-week online program that online videos, assignments and assessments introducing concepts such as lead generation, outbound prospecting, and the various customer relationship management (CRM) tools used to manage the process. Once in, students get product training, run outbound marketing campaigns and build sales pipelines for the closing reps they support. Education Technology Workforce Training Postsecondary Learning

Competency-based assessment should follow sports analytics’ lead

The Christensen Institute

In some models, competency assessment is a one-time event. If a student passes the assessment once, then he is deemed certifiably competent for the rest of his education (or perhaps life), despite everyday evidence that competence is not eternal. Additionally, if CBE assessments aren’t well aligned to their corresponding real-world competency, then students may be developing competency in test taking more than anything else.

District adds data use to teacher training

eSchool News

By embedding student data dashboards within its professional development system, LBUSD’s teacher training evaluates teachers’ needs based on their students’ academic performance data, teachers’ past training, self-evaluations and administrative feedback.

Save Your College (and America’s Workforce) Through Corporate Training


Faculty-centric Employer-centric Limited focus on workplace skills assessment Focus on competency assessment Standard academic curriculum Individualized pathways to employment. This means understanding required competencies and assessing and preparing students to exactly these levels across a range of skill areas. Here’s why: Corporate Training Makes Providers More Employer-centric. Corporate Training Focuses Providers on Competency Assessment.

Gates Foundation Gives Millions to Improve Teacher Training

K-12 Schools - Education News

When that idea wasn’t effective, they changed to teacher quality and spent millions more to help districts develop assessment systems for teachers that included using student standardized test scores to measure teacher performance. Now, the foundation is focusing on training teachers.

When will assessments finally test deeper learning?

eSchool News

When we imagine the future of assessment it’s easy to envision all sorts of impressive ways to help gauge what students know and what they can do. The call for performance assessments. Next page: How schools can assess deeper learning.

Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help


MHFA training, referred to as “CPR for the mind,” teaches educators and caretakers how to recognize, understand and respond to signs of psychological distress. Wardrip completed the training in June. Educators who are interested in setting up a YMHFA training can find courses here.

Staff assessment: How to improve work performance


In many companies it’s customary to conduct staff assessments on a regular basis to evaluate the skills and performance of their employees. What are the keys to effective staff assessment? Self-assessment of your own training process.

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

There are over 100,000 individuals of working age in Rhode Island who lack a high school credential or who speak little to no English; out of those, only 6,000 are being served by the system, according to Jill Holloway, the Director of the Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Center , the agency that trains adult education teachers in the state. Assessment. This is not the case when assessing its students’ digital literacy levels.

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 ) . Training Documents.

Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It


Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the back of your corner coffee shop or the so-called Ponzi schemes of MFA programs like the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, assessment comes in the form of peer feedback—marginalia and discussion. As the educators I spoke with lamented, “the product is so hard to assess.” He avoids assessing creative writing altogether by assigning his students to write critical essays about their own short stories.

How to Create and Use Benchmark Assessments to Improve Student Achievement

A Principal's Reflections

Benchmark assessments are testing tools that are used throughout the year, as opposed to final examinations, which are taken at the end of each school year. In general, benchmark assessments are conducted many times in a year (once every few months or even once a month) to help educational authorities to assess the level of proficiency of a student, and compare their performance on these tests to others of their age group and academic level in the district or the state.

Veterans continue to battle for their military training to count as college credit

The Hechinger Report

Not only did I do a physics class as part of my training, I had the ultimate lab,” he said, the anger still evident in his voice: “I was splitting atoms every day.”. And training and experience acquired in the field depends on an officer to record it, which may leave lapses. “We

How Assessments Can Support, Not Just Measure, Student Learning


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. Assessments create feedback for teachers and students alike, and the high value of feedback – particularly timely feedback – is well-documented by learning scientists.

Formative Assessment and Differentiation


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. We use formative assessments to drive instructional decisions such as changing the approach or changing the target content.

States assess their readiness for digital learning

eSchool News

Statewide ed-tech inventories are helping state leaders assess their digital learning needs. New Jersey and Michigan developed individual state tech readiness tools in preparation for (online) assessment,” she said.

TEACHER VOICE: When it comes to teacher training, the U.S. could learn a thing or two from Canada

The Hechinger Report

Where and how do teachers get their training in preparation for the demands of the 21 st century classroom? All teachers have similar teacher training, and a similar view of the common curriculum. The post TEACHER VOICE: When it comes to teacher training, the U.S.

Could Rubric-Based Grading Be the Assessment of the Future?


Now, a consortium of 59 universities and community colleges in nine states is working to develop a rubric-based assessment system that would allow them to measure these crucial skills within ongoing coursework that students produce. ‘Having gone through the norming session, I see how it works and that you can really get to a fair assessment of student work.’ Once the rubrics were set, faculty from all 59 universities were trained on how to use them.

How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone Blog

The topic for our first productivity roundtable is streamlining the grading and assessment process. They’ve found more effective ways to monitor and assess student learning, and they’re going to share those strategies here with you today.

Assessing Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Fuzzy Work; SELweb Offers Concrete Data


He’s the man behind SELweb , an online tool designed to assess K-3 students’ social-emotional learning (SEL), their ability to recognize and manage emotions and build healthy relationships. When viewed through that prism, social-emotional training is just as important as academics.” The assessments are meant to work in tandem with SEL curriculums—a supplement rather than replacement. One task asks students to identify facial expressions in order to assess social awareness.

Know your own strength

Learning with 'e's

All of these, and many more metrics can be compared to my achievements on previous visits to the gym, and that also applies to rowing, cycling, cross training and weight training. 2003) Assessment for Learning: Putting it into practice.

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Testing Giving You The Blues? Get Creative with EdTech Formative Assessments


There are so many ways that kids can creatively show you their learning in a timely and efficient manner, and ways teachers can conduct assessments that take away the testing anxiety that plagues so many kids. Creative Formative Assessments Can Help: Save time assessing students.

GlobalEd.TV June 1st Webinar - "Effective Evaluation and Assessment in Global Education"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

presents: "Effective Evaluation and Assessment in Global Education" Date + Time: Wednesday, June 1st 7pm EST (Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.) Evaluation and assessment in global education is a relatively new and growing topic. GlobalEd.TV

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Topics attendees may learn by doing include (this depends upon the class taken): Blogging—to reflect, collaborate with classmates, share perspectives during class, complete assessments in some cases. Teacher resources new tech teacher pd summer summer pd tech teacher training

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