Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

edWeb.net

Whether schools are 1:1 or still relying on computer carts, the move to online assessments creates new needs from devices to professional development to data privacy policies. During ClassLink and CoSN’s edWebinar, “ Online Assessment: An Effective, Coordinated, District Leadership Team Approach,” administrators from the Hampton Township School District in Pennsylvania offered lessons they learned from implementing a comprehensive online assessment program.

In praise of the open-book exam

IT Bill

Whether or not students should be required to take proctored exams in an online course has been debated for as long as there have been online courses and I suspect it will not be resolved anytime soon. A recent study compared proctored and non-proctored student outcomes in online courses. Despite the instructions that the exam was to be taken closed-book, we might reason that students spent the extra time looking up answers in the text or searching online.

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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. In the meantime, the organization offers an online resource to help states assess their digital learning needs. The assessment process is ongoing, as schools and districts may take the surveys and issue reports at any time.”.

PresenceLearning Partners with the Council of Administrators of Special Education

eSchool News

PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, today announced a new partnership with the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

For the better part of the past year, the Christensen Institute has worked in collaboration with Public Impact , a national education policy and management consulting firm, to study how schools are implementing innovative staffing models in conjunction with blended learning to personalize instruction and improve student achievement. In the CCSD Franchise schools, educators administer formative assessments using software to gauge students’ progress and adjust learning groups.

Why the nation’s K-12 accountability and assessment system doesn’t make the grade

The Christensen Institute

Two new studies lay bare how the assessment and accountability systems in use throughout the United States shortchange teachers and schools by not presenting accurately what their students know, can do, and have learned in the last year. Each day students take an online assessment that helps determine what they will learn the next day. Even though it might make pedagogical sense to go back and fill gaps, that’s not what today’s policies and tests signal teachers should do.

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Next-generation assessment and accountability in Texas

The Christensen Institute

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the Texas Senate Education Committee held a public hearing for SB 1200 , a bill that would create a commission on next-generation assessments and accountability. At the Christensen Institute we bring a unique perspective to policy research. In our research on the K–12 education sector, we have found that improving our assessment and accountability systems is central to improving the overall K–12 education system.

Auto Chrome OS Update Breaks CAASPP (SBAC) Test Compatibility

There is no box

Given that one of the big compelling reasons behind school adoption of Chromebooks over iPads is how well they handled the SBAC online assessments, this is kind of a big deal. This is due the Google’s security policy. Since auto-updates restriction policy are reflected after the enrollment, your Chromebooks C720 have all been updated to the latest version 48 of Chrome OS. We have a problem with Google Chromebooks and CAASPP testing.

Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design?

The Christensen Institute

The article, however, does not answer the most important question that these new policies must consider: by eliminating the “F,” are students in turn less likely to fail? Indeed, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, just 37 percent of high school seniors are prepared for college-level math and reading. Online content can offer a continuum of learning along which students can progress at a flexible pace.

Mobile learning: The good and the bad

Neo LMS

Our mobile devices are online 24/7. It’s about mobilizing the learning experience, from being merely seated in a classroom discussing matters with your teacher or stuck with a laptop at home answering online assessments, to taking an assessment while in a cab. Mobile learning also enables quick learning because all students have to do is go online and take the course on their device of preference.

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Support Superintendents and District Leaders

edWeb.net

edWeb.net is delighted to announce a partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) to support superintendents and school district leaders with an online community and series of edWebinars hosted on edWeb.net. edWeb is hosting an online community and engaging edWebinars to help superintendents connect and collaborate and get the maximum value from the CoSN Empowered Superintendents initiative.

Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

With that in mind, here’s a guide to assess school district network needs and implement affordable broadband upgrades. Bear in mind that if your district has a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy or a guest network, many students, teachers, and visitors will bring one or more devices of their own to your network. While there are other factors that may affect the amount of bandwidth your district needs—cloud-based applications, storage, online assessments, etc.—having

Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

Edsurge

Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). Often, the most popular apps “are what teachers are discovering at conferences, reading online, and across social media,” according to Dan Carroll, chief product officer of Clever. When teachers use tools they find online, they can inadvertently run afoul of privacy and security guidelines.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. Dr. Abshire pointed out that the challenges for today’s district leaders include protecting students’ data and other information, filtering content, and establishing acceptable use policies for students and teachers.

Calculating your school district’s bandwidth need: Network Essentials for Superintendents

Education Superhighway

It should be straightforward to count the number of district-owned devices, but keep in mind, if your district has a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy or a guest network, many students, teachers, and visitors will bring one or more devices of their own to your network. While there are other factors that may affect the amount of bandwidth your district needs—cloud-based applications, storage, online assessments, etc.—having

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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. In this post, you will find 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom! Formative assessment is such an essential part of the learning process and student success, and many digital tools can help support this process.

Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Edsurge

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. Over the last several years, we've published a K-12 principals’ assessment report, in which administrators give feedback on the biggest challenges they face in their schools.

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: IXL, Brightspace, Tales2Go

Edsurge

I use D2L and our system eClass to post resources, classroom calendar of events, discussion posts and online assessments. Dawn’s district as a 1:1 device policy and uses project-based learning. This week in S’Cool Tools, we share the real experiences of three teachers using three different tools, written in their own words. . If you’d like to be featured in our S’Cool Tools column, click here to leave your very own Teacher Case Study.

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Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

He also talked about how he thinks policy shifts like the implementation of the common-core standards and the adoption of “open” educational resources are likely to affect the K-12 market, and his company’s work. Thirty percent of the company’s revenues come from assessments of one kind or another, which includes professional certification and apprenticeship programs, as well as summative exams. We would say that an assessment should be only one measure of progress.

Learning Revolution Free Events - Great, GREAT Keynotes - MiniCon - ISTE Unplugged! - Striving for Failure?

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. This online conference will be free to attend, and you can follow the conversations by using the hashtag #learning14. Brilliant is an online community of learners who share and solve physics and math problems. See you online!

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The] literature [on online education] was preoccupied with what I call ‘roaming autodidacts’. Online Grade Portals. Indeed, according to one story in The Atlantic , a school district in Colorado opted to do away with parent-teacher conferences entirely, encouraging parents instead to simply check online to see what their children were up to. At the other extreme, online grade portals have prompted some parents to log in all the time and to obsess over their children’s grades.