Michigan Online Resources for Educators - Home Grant Wiggins: Defining Assessment Grant Wiggins is a nationally recognized assessment expert who has been working in assessment reform for more than twenty-five years. He is president of the educational consulting firm Authentic Education, and with Jay McTighe, co-author of Understanding by Design, an award-winning framework for curriculum design used around the world. In this interview, Wiggins shares his thoughts on performance assessments, standardized tests, and more. Wiggins has published several articles for Edutopia.org. 1. Our line of argument is that testing is a small part of assessment. What can the test do that more complex, performance-based, project-based things can't do? For instance, in some state-based, performance-based assessment, they always had a parallel paper-and-pencil test for the individual student so that you had enough data on the individual. Back to Top 2. Authentic assessment, to me, is not meant to be the charged phrase, or jargony phrase that it has come to be for a lot of people. 3. 4.
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Wondering About Common Core and Complex Text? - Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX "A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text."- Dr. Timothy Shanahan Blocked from YouTube? Does the information in this chart* cause you concern? *CCSS Appendix A: CCSS Lexile Bands How will you help ALL of your students access the required complex text? You may be thinking, why should I give my struggling readers such difficult text when I know they can’t read it? In a blog post from this summer, Dr. So why is the common core making such a big deal out of having kids read hard text? You can view the summary or download the ACT report right here. Watch Dr. Dr. www.mhecommoncoretoolboxtn.com
The Visual Way to Explore and Understand Data Students use InspireData® to investigate, analyze, and represent data and information in dynamic graphs and charts. InspireData tools make it easy to change variables and plot types so students can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. This encourages them to investigate data analytically, ask more questions, and apply their understanding of the data to form better conclusions and continue exploration. InspireData helps students to successfully: Build data literacy Develop analytical skills Strengthen critical thinking Students and teachers collect data from multiple sources including experiments, library and Internet research, user-created e-Surveys or one of the 100+ subject-specific databases that are part of InspireData. Develop Data LiteracyDocument and Present AnalysisExplore Data DynamicallyJumpstart Data CollectionGrounded in Education Research InspireData® is a powerful data analysis tool. Develop Data Literacy Collect and organize data In Table View, students:
Common Core State Standards Initiative - Curriculum and Instruction ESE Resources for Implementing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in 2012-2013 Diving Deeper: Implementing the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics Diving Deeper: Implementing the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy Updated Interactive PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics Grades 3-11 (Revised Version 3.0 November 2012) and English Language Arts/Literacy (Version 2.0), Grades 3-11 Common Core State Standards Implementation Workbook National Parent-Teacher Association Guides to Student Success 2011 Frameworks: MCAS Assessment Transition Plan PARCC Releases Initial Set of Item and Task Prototypes Model Curriculum Units Resources to Support the Transition to the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics Making Decisions about Course Sequences and the New Model Algebra I Course Enhanced High School Pathway to Calculus Supplementary Additional Common Core Resources for English Language Arts and Literacy
Google Earth Lessons Lesson Organization: Google Earth How To's - Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth Student Controlled - Where the student controls Google Earth. Suitable for labs, mini-labs, home school, etc. Found or developed a Lesson that uses Google Earth? Google Earth How-to's: -Google Earth 101 A complete on-line course for teachers created by Quentin DSouza. The following series of video lessons were developed by Richard Treves at www.kokae.com NOTES: Please note Copyright Restrictions within demos. - Flying with Google Earth -Examines the controls used to get around in Google Earth - Using Placemarks - Looks at what a placemark is and how they can be used - GE Tips - General tips on using Google Earth - Overlays - Shows how to lay pictures over the ground in Google Earth - Creating Placemarks- Shows the basics of creating placemarks which can be used in lessons - Images and the Web - Shows how to use graphics from the web in placemarks (30Mb) NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW!
SEC Online - Welcome The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum web site. The purpose of this site is to encourage teacher reflection and conversation about classroom practice and instructional content. About the Survey Using a survey data collection and reporting model, teachers can compare their own practice and instructional content to responses by other teachers around the country and within their school or district. News Participating states, schools and districts are able to make use of aggregated teacher reports (individual teacher responses are disclosed only to the teacher) to develop a base-line of information about teacher practice in mathematics, science and English language arts, or to inform professional development or school improvement planning efforts. SEC Orientation Tutorial This tutorial will assist you in understanding what the SEC is, and then how to go online and successfully complete the survey. SEC Registration Tutorial This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the registration process.
Create Your Own eBooks - Richard Byrne Yudu is a free service that allows you to upload PDF, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files to create online magazines. The page turning effect and the zoom options are all built into the technology of Yudu and automatically activated. When your Yudu online magazine is created you can embed it into a blog, wiki, or website. The only drawback to Yudu is that the download option can be hard to find when viewing a document full screen and the download file is a zip file which is a turn-off for some people. Issuu, like Yudu, offers the option to display your documents with page-turning effects. You can embed your documents with those effects into your blog or website. DocStoc and Scribd are similar services that can best be described as YouTube for documents. Youblisher is a PDF publishing service that is very similar to Yudu and Issuu. Tools for building ebooks from scratch. My Ebook is a new service for creating rich multimedia ebooks.
Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained - Vander Ark on Innovation How the Common Core Will Change the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn Guest Post By Adam Berkin, vice president of product development at Curriculum Associates Since the Common Core State Standards were introduced, there has been much discussion about what they mean for educators and students and how they will impact teaching and learning. While the standards have been adopted by 45 states and 3 territories so far, there is a lot of concern, anxiety, and debate around what is best for students, potential challenges for teachers, and what implementation should and can look like. While many educators, parents, and concerned citizens have delved deep into the world of Common Core and understand the detail and complexity, most people have only a cursory understanding of the changes that are taking place, and some only know that changes are coming but don't know what they mean. The new standards are focused on two categories: English Language Arts and Mathematics. English Language Arts
34 Assistive Technology Apps From edshelf by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Do you have students with disabilities or special needs? Then you may need an assistive technology: a technology used by an individual with a disability to perform a function that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Samantha Thomas, a student, future librarian, and educator at Kutztown University, created this handy collection of assistive technologies that you may find helpful. Some are commonly used with special needs individuals, such as augmentative & alternative communication apps like My Pictures Talk, Look2Learn, and iTalk. Image attribution flickr user OregonDOT
Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs--Internet--Tools & Tips for Multimedia Designers--Planet of the Web Using forms in Google docs lets anyone create forms quickly and share those forms via email, embed them into a webpage or blog. If you are a teacher, you can create formulas that allow you to have these forms graded in minutes. The formula part is a bit challenging, so I wrote this article to talk about how I recently created a final for one of my classes. Create a new Form in Google Docs To Create a form, go to the Create New menu and choose form. Type in your questions, help text and question types There are different types of questions you can choose from. Make some quiz questions required You can also make some questions required. Choose a test quiz type I'm going ask 5 questions of different types on this quiz. Finished quiz example Here's what my final test looks like. Here's what my test looks like when it's done. Choose how viewers will take the quiz Once you've finished the test, you have three options to give people access to your quiz. Check out the test results
30 Ways Google Glass Can Innovate the Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC] Google Glass has huge potential to innovate many industries, but many believe it could truly flourish as a learning tool in the classroom. The high-tech specs have much to offer the sphere of education, from adding augmented reality to class trips to helping teachers recall students' names via facial recognition technology. Australia-based online learning service Open Colleges compiled an infographic detailing how Google Glass could be used to help facilitate learning in the future. Check out the graphic below and let us know if you think Glass could take off in the classroom. Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images