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33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom
I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom. He used a sticky-note version of an exit ticket to elicit evidence of student learning and in his words, “what a difference that made.” Formative assessment is ‘easier than you think’ and with all the digital tools and apps now available for mobile devices it’s even easier. We’ve shared some digital tools before and with the five tools that Steven shared combined with our earlier suggestions there are now 33 digital tools that we’ve uncovered that are free or inexpensive and help teachers implement formative assessment in their classrooms. A few of Steven’s discoveries: Lino – A virtual corkboard of sticky-notes so students can provide questions or comments on their learning. Poll Everywhere – Teachers can create a feedback poll or ask questions. Pick Me! Related:  Creativity & Service DesignFormative Assessment: Digital Toolsmsawesome

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries. Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. What is assessment? Assessment is the measurement of what students are learning. Why do we do it? The information gleaned from assessments is extremely valuable. Assessment Basics Types of Assessment Question Types Delivery Methods

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Formative Assessment: Bridging the Research - Practice Divide “Teach, mark, move on: that’s the old paradigm. Today’s classrooms have changed. It is important to show the students where they are, how to improve, and where to go from here… It’s no longer about “this is your mark and that’s the end of the story”. ~ Secondary Teacher Most educational jurisdictions acknowledge a dichotomy between assessment practices that are ongoing and take place during a lesson or unit of study and those that primarily serve an evaluative function at the end of a unit or term. Although research has clearly shown that formative assessment can enhance student success, there is firm evidence of a research-practice divide. Although research has clearly shown that formative assessment can enhance student success, there is firm evidence of a research-practice divide. Research versus Practice Bridging the Divide Based on the emergent evidence from our study of K-12 administrators and teachers, we consider focusing on the following aspects of assessment. Networked Communities

The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class February 25, 2015 Formative assessment, as we have agreed elsewhere, is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning. The insights gained from formative assessments are usually used to decide on the next instructional steps and also inform teachers as to the additional opportunities needed to ensure students' success. Examples of formative assessment include: assigning projects and performances, giving writing assignments, and asking questions. There are a variety of ways to do formative assessment in class and this post features some interesting examples of formative assessment techniques. 1- Today’s Meet This is an excellent tool to use with students to gather instant feedback on their learning or poll them on matters related to what you teach them. 2- Socrative Socrative is one of our favourite tools for getting feedback from students. 3- Infuse Learning 4- iClicker 5- Poll Everywhere

A Brief History of Calculators in the Classroom (From the days when they were banned) 5 min read Arguably one of the most controversial pieces of education technology to enter the classroom has been the calculator. Certainly some classrooms long ago sanctioned the use of a different sort of calculating instrument, the slide rule. Some of the arguments from proponents of calculators sound much like the arguments for ed-tech today: students must learn how to use these modern devices in order to find their way (a job) in the Information Age. Calculators, particularly once sanctioned usage for use in standardized testing, also raised questions about ed-tech and equity: does an expensive scientific or graphing calculator – one that offers more than the four basic arithmetic functions – give affluent students a bigger advantage in these exams? Building Calculating Machines Calculating machines such as the abacus have existed for thousands of years, largely unimproved upon until the 17th century when mechanical devices were built that could add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Visual thinking Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagrams. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable. Why is visual thinking important? There’s more information at your fingertips than ever before, and yet people are overwhelmed by it. We think in pictures. Think you can’t draw? Squiggle birds (I learned squiggle birds from my friend Chris Glynn). So why is visual thinking important? The whirl. Visualization is increasingly used in business and science to simplify complexity: a picture is worth a thousand words. Drawing is a natural process for thinking, exploring ideas and learning. 1. 2. 3. 4.

10 best practices for successful project management The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. Given the high rate of project failures, you might think that companies would be happy to just have their project finish with some degree of success. Note: This article is also available as a PDF download. 1: Plan the work by utilizing a project definition document There is a tendency for IT infrastructure projects to shortchange the planning process, with an emphasis on jumping right in and beginning the work. Project overview: Why is the Exchange migration taking place? 2: Create a planning horizon After the project definition has been prepared, the workplan can be created. 3: Define project management procedures up front

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom There is no shortage of formative assessment strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. Here is an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning. We didn’t just add any old tool to this list. Supports formative instructional strategies and ways to activate learners to be resources for themselves and peersIs free or awful close to it (under $10 per year, where possible)When possible, both students and teachers can take the activator role (sometimes teachers need to get things started) Before you dig into the tools, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about exactly what you want to accomplish with your students. The tools Learn more To get the most out of formative instructional strategies, also check out our formative practices workshops.

Seven Tech Tools for Fast Formative Assessment by Curtis Chandler You and I would be hard-pressed to find a teacher who’s against formative assessment. We would have better luck finding someone who hates whales or pizza. In theory, every teacher is regularly designing and deploying a variety of outcomes-based learning activities that help the teacher determine where students are in the learning process. But in practice, formative assessment is more like proper diet and regular exercise—just another one of those things that we all know is important, but few of us have the time and focus to achieve. In education, there is nothing—not even technology—that is a silver bullet. That’s why I’m always on the hunt for free tech-tools that help me engage students, track their individual achievement, and provide them with opportunities for improvement. 1. Self-assessment and other metacognitive strategies are some of the most effective ways to improve student learning (Hattie, 2012). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Make Time for Formative Assessment Dr.

How Twitter in the Classroom Connects Your Students photo credit: Students only need a model and a push to do amazing things. Then a smart teacher gets out of the way and let’s the magic happen. When I first became engulfed in the amazing world of Twitter, I couldn’t imagine not sharing the experience with my students. What started as a little spark and a hot mess three years ago has turned into a full-on immersion of social media in my classes. Twitter has amplified the voices of my students well beyond the walls of our classroom and it’s echoing through the global learning landscape. Recently, I guest moderated an #edtechchat that highlighted the versatility of Twitter in the classroom. Here are some of ways teachers can use Twitter in the classroom: Twitter is a valuable resource for learners and it can be used to support independence in our students. How do you use Twitter in the classroom? The following two tabs change content below. Also on Brilliant or Insane About The Author starrsackstein

15 no-prep games with just little scraps of paper One of the most flexible and useful resources in the classroom are bits of scrap paper. One thing that has really developed in my teaching over the years is my ability to react flexibly to things that happen in class, such as students knowing more or less about the language point than I expected, having wrong information about the class, students arriving late, or energy levels not being what I expected. One vital part of developing that ability to respond rather than just stick to the lesson plan has been to find and develop games that can be can be added to almost any class as and when needed. One of the most flexible and useful resources in the classroom are bits of scrap paper that are blank on one side, cut or torn so that each piece is approximately 2cms by 3cms, giving about 20 pieces per A4 piece of blank paper. Games where you tell them exactly what to write 1. Give out two pieces of paper per student and ask them to write the two categories you will be looking at on them, e.g.

Bluejacking This Siemens M75 is Bluejacking the Sony Ericsson K600i pictured below This Sony Ericsson K600i is getting Bluejacked by the Siemens M75 pictured above. The text at the bottom of the screen reads "Add to contacts?" Bluejacking is the sending of unsolicited messages over Bluetooth to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones, PDAs or laptop computers, sending a vCard which typically contains a message in the name field (i.e., for bluedating or bluechat) to another Bluetooth-enabled device via the OBEX protocol. Bluetooth has a very limited range, usually around 10 metres (32.8 ft) on mobile phones, but laptops can reach up to 100 metres (328 ft) with powerful (Class 1) transmitters. Origins[edit] Bluejacking was reportedly first carried out by a Malaysian IT consultant who used his phone to advertise Sony Ericsson. Usage[edit] Bluejacking is usually harmless, but because bluejacked people generally don't know what has happened, they may think that their phone is malfunctioning.

5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments - Illuminate Education Formative assessments can make a big difference in the classroom. The evidence proves it. Many studies show that the average effect size of the impact of formative assessment on standardized tests is 0.4 to 0.7. The change in “effect size” is considered as going from moderate to strong. That’s a home run in the world of treatment effects. Yet, some of you might be wondering, “This sounds great, but how can we apply this in the classroom?” Here are 5 critical steps to guide the process of formative assessments in your classroom. 1. The skills and knowledge associated with the standard need to be clear and obtainable. Students should also know where they are on the learning continuum (i.e., they know the target). If you have a learning progression, and the students know what that looks like, then the formative assessments will let them know what comes next. 2. 3. This is the most important element of formative assessments. 4. 5. Final Thoughts

20 useful ways to use TodaysMeet in schools TodaysMeet is an easy-to-use, versatile digital tool. It can enhance discussions, provide a place for ideas and more. TodaysMeet is so simple yet so versatile that it has become one of my go-to digital tools. It’s designed as a backchannel — the conversation behind what’s going on. TodaysMeet creates personal chat room that you can set up and invite people to. They can quickly and easily write comments or questions for anyone in the chat room to see. TodaysMeet is literally the easiest website to use I’ve ever come across. That’s it. You can immediately share the URL to the room (in our DitchThatTextbook example, the room we would create is and start the conversation. Each message has a 140-character limit, so be concise. I already use TodaysMeet in a number of ways in my classroom and can see so many other possibilities. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Which of these ideas sounds the most useful? Related In "Ed Tech"