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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Thankfully, with the Common Core standards exemplifying the 4Cs -- Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (through the use of interdisciplinary writing) -- we are looking at a more fluid future in testing formats. As long as the format itself is aligned with real-world skills, a meaningful assessment does not need to be lockstep with a particular structure any more. When I think about my own definition of a "meaningful assessment," I think the test must meet certain requirements. The assessment must have value other than "because it's on the test."

5 More Handy Web Apps to Save You Time at Work This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. Web apps are a friend to all who mash the keyboard from nine to five. They live in the cloud, are accessible from any Internet connection and are great for chopping those mundane work tasks off at the knees. We've previously highlighted a batch of web apps that reduce the headaches and keystrokes associated with common tech chores, and after receiving some great feedback from readers, we thought it only right to hunt down a few more worthy bookmarkables.

How to Create Social Media Images That Support Your Brand Are you getting maximum results from your visual content? Do you use fonts, colors and clever effects to make your company’s images more recognizable? Graphics that are consistent with your company’s established image increase your audience engagement by creating familiarity. In this article you’ll discover how to use simple design tactics to help your audience instantly associate your pictures with your brand. Find out to create social media images to support your brand. Listen to this article: The Pros and Cons of Four Major Blogging Platforms We’re all writers here, so it makes sense that we blog. Should writers blog? I believe so. Self-tracking links to get you started About Videos Forums Self-Tracking Links Check out the new Quantified Self Complete Guide to Self-Tracking!

Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Do you teach non-fiction text structures? Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction? In welcoming the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools across the country are making big changes to their curriculum and instruction (K-12). The CCSS were designed with the end-goal of preparing all students for college and career success. The standards provide an academic road map for each grade-level and define expectations for higher levels of student achievement.

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In conversation with Adam Hyde — Communications from DMN November 8th, 2009 | Documentation, Interviews, Open Source, Technical Communication, Wikis This time around, Scott talks with Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals. In a wide-ranging conversation, they talk about why Adam started the project, the way in which FLOSS Manuals gets things done, Book Sprints, Adam’s thoughts on the 80/20 rule, and more. Podcast links:

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