Formative Assessment - Assessment So, what is formative assessment? "A key feature of formative assessment is that it provides information to students and teachers concerning changes that can be made to improve performance." One of the defining features of the process of formative assessment as described in this book is that it provides information to students and teachers regarding adaptations they might make to improve performances. On the students’ side, this involves identifying the specific content they must improve on and things they might do to improve. For example, after receiving instructional feedback on her use of the overhand throw, a student realizes that she needs to hold the softball looser when she throws. On the teacher’s side, behavior change involves identifying content that must be reviewed or retaught. Marzano, R. (p.33). As Susan Brookhart (2004, p. 45) explained, What does the research tell us?
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Encyclopedia Britannica in the age of Wikipedia | Dan Gillmor The Encyclopedia Britannica, in its now-defunct printed edition. Photograph: Alamy My childhood was richer because we had an encyclopedia at home. It wasn't the ultra-expensive Encyclopedia Britannica, but rather the thinner, more modestly priced World Book. My school library had a full Britannica set, and I spent countless hours immersed in both. They were among my favorite windows into ideas and the larger world, and a mainstay of my academics until college. Today, I cannot imagine why a parent – or school – would buy any encyclopedia in book form. It's not the only overdue cessation of a print product, of course, but a genuine milestone in the history of shared human knowledge. The printed Britannica's days have been numbered for well over a decade, and it's not Wikipedia that foretold its demise. Encarta wasn't as good as Britannica. I'm not going to get into one of the net skeptics' favorite topics here: whether Wikipedia is as good as Britannica.
Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles ‘Recombinant art,’ life?: Parenting & the digital drama overload As Moby does with other people’s sounds and musical phrases, David Shields does with words, saying that mashing up other people’s words (or “recombinant” art) is much more interesting than creating fiction, which is sort of an appropriation of Mark Twain’s “reality is stranger [more interesting?] than fiction.” “Mr. Shields’s book consists of 618 fragments, including hundreds of quotations taken from other writers like Philip Roth, Joan Didion and Saul Bellow,” the New York Times reports. That’s a huge contentious subject – copyright, intellectual property, fair use, etc. – important and fascinating, but it’s only about content. We are remixing and creating a recombinant reality that is pressing in upon us with the same constancy, volume, and intensity as content is. Breathers.
Social Media And The Loss Of Uncorrelated Wisdom It’s now a well-established fact that a group of people with diverse opinions can often make uncannily accurate decisions--smarter in many cases than any single individual could possibly manage. Open markets are the epitome of this, because they weigh individual opinions with real money, and as a result they sometimes produce decisions that seem truly prescient. Orange-crop futures markets, for instance, do a better job predicting Florida weather than meteorologists. And just a few minutes after the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, the stock market correctly zeroed in on Morton-Thiokol, maker of the frozen O-rings, even though it was several weeks before a team of engineers investigating the disaster figured it out. The key to accurate group decisions in these situations is that individual group members’ opinions must be independent of each other. Consider the current financial malaise affecting the eurozone. You want to avoid this fate? [Image: Flickr user dandechiaro]
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