Download free PowerPoint backgrounds and templates - Brainy Betty 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. Much as she does in her eBook, she’s included short videos, useful downloads, and links to other valuable resources. ~ John Norton 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. Formative Assessment I am continually doing formative assessment in my classroom — that is, assessment for learning. Verbal explanations Summative Assessment
Announcing Blogger’s Choice Open Web Awards Winners! While voting continues until midnight Sunday to decide who is crowned the Open Web Awards "People's Choice", today we announce the winners of our Blogger's Choice voting, as selected by our Blog Partners. Over 100 Blog Partners have helped make this the biggest Open Web Awards to date with over 100,000 confirmed nominations and votes so far. Our blog partners come from 25 countries and are written in 10 different languages. This year's winners will be receiving the Open Web Award, thanks to Zazzle, just in time to celebrate the holiday season. Remember: voting for the People's Choice Open Web Awards ends this Sunday night at 11:59 pm PST, with a winners announcement on Tuesday. Mainstream & Large Scale Social Networks Winner: TwitterRunner-up: Facebook Embeddable Widgets Winner: ClearspringRunner-up: Sprout Blog Plugins Winner: ShareThisRunner-up: AddThis Social News Winner: DiggRunner-up: Mixx Social Networking Applications Winner: Ping.fmRunner-up: Twitterfeed Social Bookmarking Sports & Fitness
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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
Why we need school libraries | Alan Gibbons' Diary These are my speakers notes for my talk at the Cilip Scotland conference today in Dundee: The culture of reading is in crisis. So is my presentation going to be all doom and gloom? Well, not quite. • I sent a letter to Ayrshire over cuts to its school libraries. • The Meadows school in Derbyshire closed its library and opened a ‘reading room’.
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