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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.

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. 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.

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.

An ELT Notebook: ESL Exams: A Teacher's Guide If they intend to study or work using English, or sometimes just for their own personal satisfaction, students often want to take some sort of internationally accredited exam. But which one? Keith Taylor takes a look at some of the exams on offer. It's the end of another class, and one student has stayed behind. No problem, you think, maybe an easy grammar question, or a comment on how they enjoyed the class (or not!)... ESL exams fall broadly into three main categories: General English, Business English and Academic English. General English Probably the most popular in this category are the Cambridge ESOL exams. The first two levels are the KET (Key English Test) and the PET (Preliminary English Test). Next up from the PET is the FCE (First Certificate in English). Many universities and employers, however, prefer the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), which is the next level up. After the CAE comes the CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), the highest level in the series.

More reasons to love iPad with iBooks Author iPad Published on February 29th, 2012 | by Mark Anderson You won’t have failed to notice the big launch by Apple a few months ago with various links to education. They released 3 big education related items that have (if they hadn’t already) made educational establishments really sit up and notice the iPad as a serious learning tool. iTunesU app was released which gives amazing access to hordes of online courses from universities from all over the globe. For free. iBooks2 which included developments in interactivity within the books you can read within the app. Finally and I think perhaps more importantly, they introduced the new iBooks Author app. The following hits are reasons why iBooks Author tied with iBooks2 is a complete win for schools, particularly in 1:1 type scenarios. Teachers can easily (yes, easily!) The possibilities for fantastic books to be created for all subject areas is immense. Tags: #edtech, #iPad, learning About the Author

The International Critical Thinking Reading & Writing Test: How to Assess Close Reading and Substantive Writing: Richard Paul, Linda Elder: 9780944583326: