I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. I tried to make my rubric work for the broadest range of apps, from drill and practice to creative endeavors, while stressing the purpose for using the app.
My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Admittedly, there are good apps that are not customizable and focus on lower order thinking skills. Factor Samurai, for example, is a fantastic game for identifying prime and composite numbers. It would be nice if the app had flexibility to adjust difficultly, but it's still a good app if it is relevant to the learning purpose.
Vincent provides his rubric for download and also a significant number of additional resources devoted to app analysis and evaluation from other individuals and organizations. I really appreciate all the work he put into this.
From your feedback, we revised the chart so assessment AS, OF, and FOR learning was clarified for each of the terms.
Individualization involves assessment OF learning. This is where summative assessment is grade-based and involves testing to confirm what learners know and do not know.
Differentiation involves assessment FOR learning and OF learning. This is assessment that involves time-based testing where teachers provide feedback to advance learning.
Personalization involves assessment AS learning, FOR learning, and a minimal OF learning. This is where teachers develop capacity so learners become independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning. Assessments are based on mastery.
Barbara Bray's insight:
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Me Books Brings Children's Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator TechCrunch Many of the children's e-book applications for iPad today use a combination of animations, video or even games to make books more “interactive” for their young...
Barbara Bray's insight:
I like the idea that the child can be the narrator. I'm going to be checking this out for young readers.
Read about the K-2 multi-age co-teaching team from Wisconsin and how they personalize learning so learners grow their learning.
Barbara Bray's insight:
Lisa Welch and Wanda Richardson shared their journey with us last year. This year their journey takes a new path as a multi-age approach with a new member added to their team, Susan Blaesing. They formed a K-2 multi-age co-teaching pod at Wales Elementary in Wisconsin called “The Garden.”
Their philosophy is that just like flowers, we all grow differently, in different situations and at different times. And, just like flowers, we bloom!
At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!
Check out how fast students have started leveraging social media – soon they will be employees as well. The inclusion of social media into school is called social learning. This infographic explains the social nature of students today and why mobile devices, social media provide a huge impact on learning outside of school.
Do not miss the archived event of the CEM Forum Kickoff from August 2nd that featured Mimo Ito, Barbara Bray, Steve Norrmark and Sylvia Martinez on the topic of Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers. The questions that were covered in this forum included:
> What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?
> How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?
When it comes to my child, I only want what’s best for her and I always make sure that everything she does is monitored. My daughter likes to play games, so I decided to download this app called iMommy on my iPhone and iPad recently.
iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
Barbara Bray's insight:
Easy to find the apps you need to research, organize, brainstorm, design, create, and present and solve a challenge-based problem.
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:
* What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?
* How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?
* How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?
* What is Assessment AS Learning?
* Can personalization help close the achievement gap?
* Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?
These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese. We translated the infographic for our English readers and welcome your comments.
Here are the "Top 8 Apps" for digital storytelling apps picked by Inov8. They point out that these apps encourage creativity, provide support and remediation for students with special needs, and can be used in many different classroom settings. "They are motivating, engaging and will encourage learners to demonstrate their strengths."
"For students with special needs, the creativity of digital storytelling apps has allowed us, as educators, the opportunity to observe and understand the strengths of our students. New apps are primarily hands-on and highly visual, and provide an opportunity for those learners who struggle with traditional instructional methods to take advantage of their abilities and strengths. Professionals in special education want to use apps in many different contexts, integrated into global curricula, across disciplines, as well as be able to insert their own content. Ultimately we want to customize, individualize and personalize the use of these digital storytelling apps for our students."
"The mATch up Tool provides information on low, mid, and high tech devices for meeting the unique needs of students. The tool was designed with a variety of users in mind – teachers, parents, administrators, and in some cases, students themselves. The idea is to provide a handy, ready-access way of gathering information on tools that might help open access to academic and non-academic settings."
Discover the tools that support students in reading, writing, communication, organization, etc.