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Assessing Student Progress Using Blog-Based Porfolios

Assessing Student Progress Using Blog-Based Porfolios
Editor’s note: Kathy Cassidy is the author of a new book from Powerful Learning Press, Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. During a recent webinar (free archive here), Kathy shared many ideas from Chapter 5 of the book, “Using Blogs as Digital Portfolios.” The webinar was rich in content and full of great discussion — so much so that there simply wasn’t time for Kathy to share her thoughts, in depth, about where formative and summative assessments might fit into this digital blog/portfolio model. So we’ve asked her to write this article. A Great Tool to Continuously Assess Progress by Kathy Cassidy In my classroom, each of my grade one and grade two students has their own blog. The children have these online portfolios for many reasons, including an authentic audience, parental engagement, and the opportunity to create an online community. Formative Assessment I am continually doing formative assessment in my classroom — that is, assessment for learning.

Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki RubricCriteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog RubricAssess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Twitter RubricAssess learning during social networking instructional assignments. Discussion, Teamwork, and Group Work Rubrics Online Discussion Board RubricAssessing ability to share perspectives, refine thoughts through the writing process, and participate in meaningful discussionPrimary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)Features of a sandwich to graphically show the criteria Upper Elementary Teamwork RubricKaren Franker's rubric includes six defined criteria for assessing team and individual responsibility PowerPoint and Podcast Rubrics ePortfolio and Web Page Rubrics

8 Powerful Apps To Help You Create Books On The iPad Want to self-publish a novel? Get your classroom materials into the hands of others? Share your brilliant insight and call yourself an author? So try out some of these apps and it should hopefully inspire you to become a digital author sooner rather than later. Book Creator Book Creator is simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Book Writer Book Writer is useful app to make books with iPhone/iPad! StoryBuddy 2 Create stories with drawings, photos, text, and audio recording! Scribble My Story Scribble My Story is a junior version of the popular Scribble Press App. StoryKit Create an electronic storybook with StoryKit . Picturebook: School Edition Create and share your very own illustrated stories in a few simple steps! Story Creator With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. BONUS!

School in a Small World | Technology changes everything. PrimaryESLteachersnetwork - Assessment for ESL Learners ESL Scales The ESL Scales are used by teachers as an assessment tool which describes the English language development of ESL learners in oral interaction, reading and responding and writing. They can assist in planning, programming, assessment and reporting for ESL students. Reference to the ESL Scales features in the ESL Reporting Scale which was developed to ensure consistent reporting of ESL achievement. For more information go to the Using the ESL Scales page in this WIKI The ESL SCALES (available intranet only) and the ESL Learner Phase Definitions (ESL guidelines pp 6) The ESL teacher needs to assess ESL learners' Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in order to justify ESL student inclusion in an ESL program. The following checklist and tasks will assist an ESL teacher to assess ESL students' ORAL ABILITY in the following language focus areas. Just click on the files: (images from flickrstorm -

Preparing to teach your first EFL exam class By: Alex Case |Audience: Teachers|Category: Teaching English Classes in preparation for EFL exams like TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE, PET, KET, BULATS, or BEC can be very motivating for both teachers and students. EFL exams is also an endlessly growing market that you will want to show you can teach for on your CV as soon as possible. Many teachers find the prospect of stepping into their first class daunting and/ or find the school unwilling to trust a teacher with no exam experience, however. Whilst at the top of the profession there is no substitute for being a qualified examiner or teaching one type of exam class for thousands of classroom hours, there are plenty of ways to make sure you are ready before your first class and so really give yourself the edge over others who have never taught for that exam before. The areas you can prepare for before you first step into the classroom can be divided into: Exam knowledgeTeaching techniquesMaterials 1. - Other TEFL/ TESOL websites 2.

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? 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 Wonder what a term means? Jon's Book

How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher I published this off my site: about a month ago. I hope you enjoy the read. Please leave any comments that may be useful. The following is a list, written in the first-person, of ideologies or stances from a Terrible iPad Teacher: 1. 2. 3. 4. Above: A search for "Education" in the App store yields over 10,000 results. 5. 6. Above: Explain Everything records visual and audio for your classes Above: Haiku Deck offers beautiful (and free!) 7. 8. Above: While the pre-installed apps on an iPad are great, there is just so much more available 9. 10. All of us have been guilty of at least some of the list at least once. Further reading: iPads: Creation vs. iPad is right for PE! iPaddiction: Creation Apps Used on the iPad Do you have any other tips for iPad teachers? Did you like this post? Authors: Steve Lai (@sly111) is a French Teacher from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada in his twelfth year of teaching.

College and Career Readiness through Individualized Learning Plans | CCRS Center On May 29, the American Youth Policy Forum, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center , and the Center for Workforce Development at the Institute for Educational Leadership held a webinar titled “The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready.” The webinar highlighted research examining the effectiveness of individualized learning plans (ILPs), as well as the experiences of two states in the implementation and scaling-up of ILPs. According to Dr. Dr. Mindy Larson, senior program associate for the Center for Workforce Development, along with Dr. The recording of the webinar along with a complete slide deck and recommended resources, is available online. Austin Pate is a research/policy assistant at the American Youth Policy Forum.