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Three Digital Portfolio Styles - And Tools for Making Them. This post originally appeared in my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter and on my Practical Ed Tech website.

Three Digital Portfolio Styles - And Tools for Making Them

This week I am working with a group of teachers who want to have their middle school students create digital portfolios that they will maintain throughout the school year. The first part of our work will be to decide what artifacts they want students to put into their portfolios and how they want those artifacts displayed. To guide that work I've broken various digital portfolio tools into three style categories. Simple, Shareable Folders This style is the least aesthetically pleasing but it can be the easiest way to get started. In this style students use Google Drive folders, OneNote notebooks, Dropbox folders, or a similar type of online storage tool that lets them share folders with you. It is important to note that if you decide to use this style you need to develop a folder structure and naming conventions that all of your students must follow. Here's a video overview of SeeSaw. Assessment Hub - NFER. How to Use YouTube Video Essays in the Classroom.

Like many of you, I've been thinking a lot lately about how we can better prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible, and critical consumers and creators. While I don't have all the answers, I've come to one conclusion: Media-literacy education must deal with YouTube. Ninety-one percent of teens use YouTube. That's 30 percent more than use Snapchat (61 percent), the next closest social media competitor, and even more than use tech we think of as ubiquitous, like Gmail (79 percent). What's more, YouTube is a unique beast and can't just be tacked on. Pear Deck - Google Slides add-on. Edutopia. Examples of Rubrics - University of Wisconsin Stout. Examples of Rubrics Grading rubrics precisely describe performance expectations.

Examples of Rubrics - University of Wisconsin Stout

Rubrics offer explicit criteria to help students meet learning objectives. Research Process Rubric. Assessing students as they read, research, & respond in Hypothesis. I’ve spent a lot of time recently writing about how I use Hypothesis in my own research and writing, and also in my classes with students.

Assessing students as they read, research, & respond in Hypothesis

In various blog posts here on this website, and also videos on my YouTube channel, I’ve detailed how and why I use this as an assessment, and tool to guide students in their reading and discussions. In this post I want to provide some granular advice on how I frame the use of Hypothesis for students, and some of the rubrics I use in this process. Please keep in mind that this is a moving target. Embedding authentic reading assessments into your class using Hypothesis. Vocal Recall - Attach Audio to QR Codes. Edutopia. New Year, New Goals, New and Improved Reading Log. Way back in January 2017, I was trying to figure out how to do more with keeping track of my reading beyond the basics that Goodreads could provide.

New Year, New Goals, New and Improved Reading Log

Enter: my handy, dandy reading log on Google Sheets. Educational Leadership:Getting Personalization Right:Personalization and UDL: A Perfect Match. Reflection. Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards. In my first year of teaching English, I had to teach prepositions to sixth graders.

Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

I fumbled around for an entry point and reached out to a more seasoned colleague, who suggested that I employ the analogy of the rabbit and the log. The approach was simple: Draw a picture of a log on the board and a rabbit on a piece of paper and then place the rabbit in different positions in relation to the log. This would draw out the use of prepositions—“the rabbit is on the log” versus “the rabbit is in the log” or “the rabbit is beside the log.” It sounded like a sensible approach. 6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric. As educators, we know the power of a good rubric. Well-crafted rubrics facilitate clear and meaningful communication with our students and help keep us accountable and consistent in our grading. They’re important and meaningful classroom tools. Usually when we talk about rubrics, we’re referring to either a holistic or an analytic rubric, even if we aren’t entirely familiar with those terms.

A holistic rubric breaks an assignment down into general levels at which a student can perform, assigning an overall grade for each level. Teaching & Assessing Soft Skills. The career landscape is changing dramatically.

Teaching & Assessing Soft Skills

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before the age of forty. This requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability. Students who leave high school with strong soft skills will work more harmoniously with others and be more successful tackling unfamiliar tasks. However, teachers must explicitly teach these soft skills in school. Teachers cannot assume that students know what it looks like to communicate effectively. This year I am focusing on both teaching and assessing these critical soft skills.

Now my teacher team uses these rubrics to give each student feedback on where he/she is in relation to mastering these crucial skills. Below are a few of the rubrics I designed. Getting Started - Assessment-Information Literacy - LibGuides at Indiana University East. Assessment - History Skills. Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle. Why Did That Student Fail?

Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle

A Diagnostic Approach To Teaching by Terry Heick When students struggle in school, it can be for a variety of reasons. From their grasp of content and literacy skills, to their engagement level, to behavior and organizational issues, to teacher actions, to the proverbial “stuff going on at home,” the possibilities are maddeningly endless. The following 8-step process is a valuable tool for me as a teacher, so I thought I’d share a version of it here in hopes that it might help you. It also was valuable in teacher conferences, and in discussions with district folks during walk-throughs when they wanted to know how I “responded to non-mastery” (beyond reteach the same busted content in the same broken form with the same ineffective strategies that failed the first time.)

As you can see in the image below, this functions as a kind of hierarchy. The Goal Of Diagnostic Teaching. Teaching Tools. Public Speaking Posted in Rubrics A widely applicable rubric for public speaking or presentations at any level and any topic.

Teaching Tools

Continue Reading Persuasive Paper Posted in Rubrics The rubric was developed for sophomores writing a persuasive essay which use evidence and ethos, logos, and pathos. Download Turnitin Rubric (.rbc) Right-click and "Save Link As…" Continue Reading Modern History Inquiry Essay Posted in Rubrics This rubric is adapted from an evaluation form used to grade modern history inquiry papers in 11th grade. Download Turnitin Rubric (.rbc) Right-click and "Save Link As…" Continue Reading Leadership Reflection Posted in Rubrics This rubric is designed to be used with a student reflection paper after one quarter of leadership and student government activities. Developing rubrics that really work. Save Time Responding to Essays: Letter to the Class - Todd's Brain. Like anything in teaching, improving student writing is complicated, technical, subjective, and --at times--backbreaking.

Save Time Responding to Essays: Letter to the Class - Todd's Brain

Over the years, I've picked up some writing instruction tenets that I've learned, and that are also supported by research: Although those methods are important, instructors tend to focus their attention on a persistent pedagogical problem, how to have a life when there are so many essays to grade. Assessment and Rubrics. Learn more about our Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree 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.

Assessment and Rubrics

Examples of Tasks & Rubrics. Reading-Active-and-Engaging - Book Trailers - Assessment Rubric. Assessment and Rubrics. Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?” Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document). The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters.

The technology itself is simply neutral. Read With Me. Plickers - Clickers, Simplified. Classroom Accounts - Portfoliogen. 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. Free Certificates - CertificateStreet.com. 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. ePortfolios and Professional Digital Presence Teachers & Students. Mosaic Listserve Tools. Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page. Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish. Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

How It Works. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios. I have yet to find the perfect Digital Portfolio app that I think I would use exclusively in a Visual Arts class. Some apps can be used as graphic portfolios or as beautiful sketchbooks, others are great at sharing. Not all of the apps available are great at all of these things. I have spent a heap of time trying to find one and would be more than happy for someone to send me the name of one they are using successfully.

Having said that the following are apps that I would consider using; Evernote: FREE Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use.