Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page to the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on A good place to start -- In this chapter I identify the characteristics, strengths and limitations of authentic assessment; compare and contrast it with traditional (test-based) assessment. Why has authentic assessment become more popular in recent years? When can it best serve assessment needs? After a brief overview, follow a detailed, four-step process for creating an authentic assessment. All good assessment begins with standards: statements of what we want our students to know and be able to do. Authentic assessments are often called "tasks" because they include real-world applications we ask students to perform. To assess the quality of student work on authentic tasks, teachers develop rubrics, or scoring scales. A guide to constructing good, multiple-choice tests, to complement your authentic assessments
27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012 We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year. 1. Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm At the University of Pittsburgh, the neurobiology department worked with 52-year-old Jan Scheuermann over the course of 13 weeks to create a robotic arm controlled only by the power of Scheuermann’s mind. The team implanted her with two 96-channel intracortical microelectrodes. 2. Once the robot figures out how to do that without all the wires, humanity is doomed. 3. Photo Courtesy of Indigo Moon Yarns. At the University of Wyoming, scientists modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. 4. Using an electron microscope, Enzo di Fabrizio and his team at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa snapped the first photos of the famous double helix.Source: newscientist.com / via: davi296 5. 6. 7. 8. 10.
Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. 30Hands allows a user to make pictures, annotate them, record a voice explainer and then packages it all into a video. Adobe Voice is a recently released education product from Adobe that allows students to narrate a story over an array of digital images. Tellagami is a tool to share quick animated messages. ExplainEverything is another tool for creating video like tutorials.
Standards Based Biology Assessment Instrument Information Page Assessment Instrument Information Page Please do not allow students to keep copies of any of these tests. It takes years of development effort to create and validate a reliable assessment instrument. If it is released to the public domain, students will locate it and all that work will be for naught. In fact, you might not want to use the formal name of the test on the versions you have students take. If you have any questions, please contact phone 919-515-7226 or e-mail Robert J. Graphing, Measurement TUG-K Beichner's Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Finnish, and Portugese by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . For graphing also see the FMCE, below. Deardorff & Beichner's Test of Measurement Uncertainty Concepts can be requested from email@example.com . Force, Mechanics FCI The Force Concept Inventory (1995 revision -- I. MBT The Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT; Hestenes & Wells) is available (as .pdf). Energy Thermodynamics Waves
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TEACHING|chemistry I’ve been piloting a standards-based grading system in my Advanced Chemistry course this year. Here’s an overview of what my system looks like now.* Standards (Topics) At the beginning of each unit, I provide students with a list of topics: Example: The bold items represent the main content topics in the unit. Students are generally […] Read more » Welcome to the October 21, 2010 edition of the standards-based grading gala. Read more » The first standards-based grading gala hosted by Matt had 20 great submissions from SBG veterans and SBG newbies alike. Read more » At the end of 2009-2010, I wrote a modified draft of my course expectations. Read more » Snippets from a syllabus I found online: What message does this send to the students about learning?