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Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!
When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. I was talking with a teacher friend the summer after my first year and she suggested something simple. What a difference that made. The following school years that board became an important place for myself and my students. Now, as 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are taking over our schools, its becoming even easier to formatively assess what our students know and for our students to leave feedback as to what they need. Here are a few sites and apps to help with formative assessments... Online Sticky Notes-Just like my physical space in my classroom there are lots of virtual sticky note sites out there. Understood It-A new-to-me service, this one is elegantly simple. Socrative- This one is quickly become a go-to app for formative assessments for me. Related:  assessment

The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Instructional Practice There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers (and students) who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 65 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help teachers use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning. These tools and apps for formative assessment success give teachers (and students) many options and opportunities for classroom success. To get the most out of formative instructional strategies, check out our NWEA® formative practices workshops. And, share your tools, ideas, and thoughts with us, so we can keep this list growing and current! A free quiz game platform that allows teachers to create quizzes students take in real-time. There are many Twitter chats related to formative instructional practices that could be considered tools, as well.

The Power of the Formative Assessment The power of formative assessment is one of the things I most like about the process of the IBPYP Exhibition. The IBPYP Exhibition is a student-driven, culminating experience in the PYP. During the Exhibition, the teacher openly drops into a real facilitator role (even though they do this all the time). Formative assessment, or the assessment that drives our teaching, is so critical during Exhibition. How, as a teacher during the Exhibition, do I gather all of this juicy information about the students? I watch: Over the last few weeks, I have taken a lot of mental notes and have written a lot of notes about how effectively the students organize themselves. I listen: What kinds of questions are they asking me or others? I record: I take a lot of pictures. IBPYP Exhibition Voices from YIS Academics on Vimeo . The Exhibition has helped remind me how we don’t need standardized tests to tell us how our students are doing. Formative assessment drives us. Like this: Like Loading...

Arbetsgång för formativt läsförståelsearbete i klassrummet Hur kan jag arbeta med en faktatext i klassrummet så att mina elever verkligen förstår den? Nedan följer ett förslag på hur jag tänker arbeta med faktatexter under kommande läsår. Detta förslag på arbetsgång är ett resultat av min läsning av Barbro Westlunds Att bedöma elevers läsförståelse (2013) och Catharina Tjernbergs Framgångsrik läs- och skrivundervisning (2013) samt ett resultat av min sommarläsning av litteratur som behandlar formativ bedömning. Att tänka på när du genomför läsförståelseundervisning i ditt klassrum: Tänk hela tiden högt med eleverna så att du synliggör sina mentala processer för dem. Samtalsmönstret i ditt klassrum ska präglas av dialog. Genomför arbetsgången nedan i halvklass första gången (om möjligt, dvs). Nedan följer 11 punkter: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Kommentarer till punkterna: Punkt 1 och 2 handlar om att hitta elevernas vardagsföreställningar och vardagsbegrepp för fenomenet/processen som texten berör. Fr. Punkt 11 Varför sluta här? /Hanna

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning "Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Designers, Inc. Web 2.0 tools are online software programs that allow users to do a number of different things. They can be used to teach curriculum content, store data, create or edit video, edit photos, collaborate and so much more. These programs are often free and are used by teachers, students and sometimes parents, both in and out of the classroom, on a pretty regular basis. The question then becomes: are educators prepared to use these tools? Embracing the use of Web 2.0 tools in lesson planning may still be new to many educators. As we talk about Web 2.0 tools, here's one point I want to stress. With so many free tools available on the web today, how do we decide which will be the best fit for our use? 1. If you've not heard of Pinterest, what rock have you been hiding under? 2. 3. 4. 5.

35 Best Websites for Free Educational Videos What are the best websites to watch educational videos? Here are over 35 websites to watch thousands of educational videos covering business, science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts and more. Please bookmark this page or share it if you find this article useful. 1. 5min Offers short, practical how to videos, instructional videos and DIY solutions. 2. A large collection of educational video lectures from the world’s top scholars. 3. Blogs, articles and videos from the world’s top thinkers and leaders. 4. Animated science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts & music videos. 5. Offers thousands of free math and science videos. 6. Features interviews with America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and more. 7. 30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. 8. Provides video lectures, courses, documentaries, books, quizzes, lecture notes and much more. 9. 10. 11. 12. Professional and user-generated how-to educational videos.

Assessment Section 4: Measuring for Learning Goal: At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning. Measuring learning is a necessary part of every teacher’s work. Through embedded assessments, educators can see evidence of students’ thinking during the learning process and provide near real-time feedback through learning dashboards so they can take action in the moment.2 Families can be more informed about what and how their children learned during the school day. Technology-enabled tools also can support teacher evaluation and coaching. Educators and institutions should be mindful of whether they are measuring what is easy to measure or what is most valuable to measure. Continued advances in technology will expand the use of ongoing, formative, and embedded assessments that are less disruptive and more useful for improving learning. Approaches to Assessment Using Assessment Data to Support Learning

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment (Thumbs are one of my favorite forms of formative assessment) Be sure to read my Ed Week column, Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process. As the new school year approaches (we go back in two more weeks), I’ve been thinking a bit on how I can be a little more intentional and strategic in using formative assessment. For those who might be new to the term, formative assessments are ongoing practices that help both the teacher and student evaluate and reflect on how they are both doing, and what changes either or both might need to make to become a more effective teacher and learner (I’d love it if someone left a comment with a better definition). Again, for people who are new to these terms, formative assessments are often contrasted with summative assessments. Formative assessments are generally considered more useful to teachers, which is why I’m thinking about them. Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment: Do you understand?

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer The Question Every Assessment Should Be Able To Answer by Terry Heick The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education. Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator. Class data can be gathered to imply instructional effectiveness, and the data from multiple classrooms can be combined to suggest the performance of an entire school, but a core message here is one of measurement and finality: this is how you did. And it’s all past tense. 5 Strategies For Assessment For Learning First, a word about assessment startegies. comenuusaassessment.com created the above graphic that shares 5 strategies for assessment for learning: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What Every Assessment For Learning Should Tell You Still, it happens.

Lesson Plan: Introducing Admin to 21st C Skills using Google Docs It is not uncommon for me to read comments on Twitter that characterize school administrators as a group who need to get more in touch with 21st century learning. Whether it is a comment about how senior administration is blocking specific online sites or resources, how school leaders need to provide leadership and role model the use of technology, or how school based administrators are out of touch with social media and its uses in education, there certainly is a tone indicating that administrators needing to 'get on board'. Although I have blogged in the past that I don't find comments that single out one group to be particularly useful ("No Us vs. Them--Just Us"), I agree that there needs to be more of us in administration that are in tune with 21st century skills. In our school district, we are continuing to learn more about 21st century, personalized learning. The lesson: 2) went through the Learning Intentions, 6) and, examined the document that we collectively produced.

10 Of The Best Educational Online Games Danger Zone Students are faced with serious global issues to tackle in this fantastic character-based game. They have to use different skills to solve a challenge like combating a deadly airborne illness using test-samples, note-taking and learning along the way! The Blood Typing Game This brilliant, prize-winning game from the Nobel Prize website lets students get up-close and personal with medical and biological processes, learning about patients, treatment and blood-types. Kodu A fantastic innovation from Microsoft, Kodu introduces students to a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. Climate Challenge A great game from the BBC, this puts students into the shoes of the president of the ‘European Nations’, tackling climate change through a challenging combination of policy choices and diplomatic persuasion! SimCEO This virtual online game sees students create and manage their own company, giving them a great foundation in economic principles. Play My Code

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