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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

I thought I could read my students’ body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Formative assessment is done as students are learning. Here’s what happened in my classroom. “We’ve got this, it’s easy,” they said. I looked at the other students and asked, “Do you have this?” They nodded their heads furiously up and down in a yes. My teacher instincts said that everyone knew it, but I decided to experiment, so I wrote a problem on the board. I was floored. I taught for another few minutes and gave them another problem. But the end result was not what you think. I was sold on formative assessment. Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based on what students know at each point. Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. 1. 2. 3. Nearpod is another fantastic tool along these lines.

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EdTech Products Supporting ELL Globalization means more interaction between native speakers of different languages. Continued immigration to the U.S. means more people that need to learn English. Both are served by the expansion of mobile access, the explosion of EdApps, and the rise of machine learning. Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students Teachers work very hard to give all students as much feedback on their work as possible. Unfortunately, there are limits to how much time a teacher can spend grading papers, writing notes, and encouraging students. For example, each day, students often complete warm-ups, sponge activities, or some other pre-lesson assignment while the teacher takes roll and sets up for the day's lesson. When I began my educational career as Spanish teacher, I quickly discovered that when some students realized the "sponge" work was rarely graded, they stopped doing it. My first reaction was to make it a graded activity.

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup worry about tripping over a tethering cable can seed our unconsciousness with doubt. It might look like it’s there, but it won’t feel there. Following his hunch to exploit human biology, Abovitz set off to make an artificial-reality display in a more symbiont way. Assessment: Lower Stakes, Raise Retention Assessment is a hot-button issue in today's K-12 education landscape, especially when one places the word "standardized" in front. But not all tests and exams need raise hackles or blood pressure. Indeed, there is a certain kind of exam that has been shown to increase learning in the classroom without undue dread: low-stakes assessment. Retrieval-Enhanced Learning

Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids More and more, parents are protesting school policies that allow teachers and administrators to withhold recess to punish student misbehavior. Common infractions include tardiness, acting out in class and failure to complete homework—everyday childhood behaviors that result in numerous children having to go without recess on any given day. A Texas school started giving children four recess breaks a day, and teachers and parents say the results have been wonderful. Recess is a lot more than just a free break for kids to play after lunch period.

Short videos about assessment - Engage in Assessment - University of Reading Accessibility navigation University Of Reading Engage in Assessment Short videos about assessment Why is assessment important? Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools For decades, the major landmark of Balut, Tondo, a densely populated slum squeezed against Manila’s North Harbor, was a monumental pile of often-smoldering trash nicknamed Smokey Mountain. “It used to be sort of pretty, actually,” says Nellie Cruz, a lifelong resident. She points to the spot, now bulldozed, across a reeking, garbage-strewn canal from where we stand with her 13-year-old son, Aki. The scene is humble, yes, but Nellie, a single mother, isn’t destitute or desperate. She’s a modern, upwardly mobile megacity dweller, the kind you’re equally likely to meet in Shanghai or São Paulo, except with better English skills—the legacy of the Philippines’ history as a US colony and one key to its current economic growth. APEC is a different kind of school—one that’s part of a for-profit chain and relatively low-cost at $2 a day.

Litz - Student-directed Assement in ESL/EFL: Designing Scoring Rubrics with Students The Internet TESL Journal David LitzUAE University (Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates)davidralitz(at)yahoo.com Introduction This paper will discuss and provide a useful example of "negotiable contracting" (Stix, 1997), an innovative assessment approach in ESL whereby students are actively involved in the construction or creation of rubrics prior to undertaking more complex language learning tasks. It will be demonstrated that the art of negotiable contracting not only empowers students by giving them shared ownership of their own learning and assessment but it also provides them with additional opportunities to use the target language as they analyze and discuss the rubric construction process, examine the rubrics and their different levels, generate descriptive language from the rubric's criteria, and suggest revisions for improvement based on criteria in the rubric. What Are Rubrics?

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom Transforming teaching practices is a long, slow road. But increasingly schools and teachers experiencing success are sharing their ideas online and in-person. Science Leadership Academy opened as a public magnet school almost ten years ago in Philadelphia. 17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools That Help You Know Students A big benefit of doing formative assessment properly is that we get to know our students really well. But why is this important? It has to do with the fact that teachers don’t actually create learning, but rather encourage and facilitate it. Only learners create learning, but teachers guide the process by responding to student performance. This is where knowing our students well through assessment comes into play. Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand provides a list of terrific digital assessment tools in Know Students Better: 17 Tools for Formative Assessment.

Keyboard with light-up, “flying” letters looks like a reverse typing rhythm game【Video】 A Japanese inventor creates a projection mapping-enabled keyboard with letters that fly out into space as you type. 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for projection technology, what with these life-sized holograms close to becoming commercial products and this touchscreen projector turning even your grandfather’s shiny bald head into your own personal command center in the near future. At this rate we’ll all be living in Blade Runner by — ballpark guess — April, 2016, but before that, we’ll introduce you to one more amazing piece of projector-based technology with this neat keyboard (which will seem quaint and old-timey when we’re all dealing with Replicants a month from now, but still). Tsubasa Yumura is a true jack of all trades.

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us - Will Richardson At a recent morning workshop for school leaders at a fairly small New England public school district, about an hour into a conversation focused on what they believed about how kids learn best, an assistant superintendent somewhat surprisingly said aloud what many in the room were no doubt feeling. “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me,” she said. “And it frustrates me.” As it should.

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