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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

"Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms."


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Christopher Resetar's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM

Like other comments on this scoop, I really like this article, especially items #1 and #2.  I really like those options because they are unconventional options that I still think would provide an appropriate level of challenge for the students as well as provide an alternative form of just a simple pencil and paper exam.  I think option #1 is more feasible for elementary school because it would allow students to work on skills that are more age appropriate like consolidation of information and looking for quality source material.

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:45 PM

Sounds like some great ideas to stimulate critical thinking

Audrey's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:51 PM

All 5 assessment methods involves  students leading the learning. Asking the students questions based on their reading of the topic helps their analytical  skills and allows them to be in charge of their learning. 

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Publishing 3.0 - A new model for independent educational publishing

Publishing 3.0 - A new model for independent educational publishing | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

Significant changes over the last couple of years though have led me to believe that now is the time to look at a new model of ELT publishing, at least for the realm of teacher development books.


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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, January 9, 2014 9:43 AM

This article talks about the necessity of classroom educators to share their digital strategies with other colleagues through publishing.  Think of it as the edu-entrepenuer opportunity and real world collaboration that we often discuss.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 15, 2014 4:59 PM

La publicación 3.0

TELLS library's curator insight, January 16, 2014 6:55 PM

For those teachers who would like to share their resources with a larger audience.

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Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph

Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
Considering the importance placed on digital literacy in many career roles, the new 2014 curriculum seems a step in the right direction – but does more still need to be done?

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:55 PM

Yes!!

Nick Hester's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:19 AM

Yes

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:02 PM

Estamos en el camino de alfabetizar

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Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment

Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
I have discussed and promoted the need for educators to reflect deeply on their beliefs, processes, and practices in several of my posts: Where is Reflection in the Learning Process and  Teacher Ag...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:04 PM

What questions can we ask ourselves to assess our "pedagogical principles and instructional preferences"? Jackie Gerstein provides a list (and the list as a table as shown above) to help you reflect on your practice. As she states the process may be "simple but not easy." You may answer the question but how do you change your practice so that you may implement it in your classroom?

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, December 22, 2013 5:28 AM

This title of this post states “simple but not easy” because to answer the questions is simple.  I know that every good teacher would answer these questions in the direction of student-centric education; one that is in the best interests of the student.  But implementation is another thing.  To implement the non-maintstream alternative is not easy given the accountability systems, one’s own training and background, and mandated school initiatives.  It takes a strong, self-directed and courageous educator to do so.

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Top 10 Skills for the 21st Century Young Professional [Infographic]

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 28, 2013 10:12 PM

What are the top ten skills that are needed in the workplace today? The University of Phoenix has published this infographic that provides a look at the top ten skills as well as information on how to acquire the skills. Are you providing your students the opportunity to learn and/or practice these skills?

Audrey's curator insight, November 29, 2013 2:26 PM

These skills make a lot of sense and all tend to be included in education, right now. In addition to learning the standard topics, most educational establishments incude socio-cultural, moral and practical lessons for students to be able to cope with life in the 21st century.

 

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Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling

Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

Schools have begun to recognize the importance of multimedia use in education.


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Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:55 PM

Any tool that generates student interest in storytelling is wonderful.  The ability of the iPad to capture student interest and help them to create is its strength.  For students with autism and significant language learning disorders, use these tools to create books about themselves and their daily experiences that they can hear and see over and over again.  These types of story re-tellings are whst build language and competence.

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Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction

Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

If we look into the not-too-distant future, it appears that -- whether we like it or not -- dictation technologies will have effects on writing instruction. The time has come for us to decide exactly what kind of effects we intend for those to be.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:48 AM

An interesting and very relevant article on the impact dictation software will have on the way we continue to develop writing skills.

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

"The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator."


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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:04 PM

"Assessment for learning" versus "assessment of learning" is also promoted as a key component of the learning portfolio all colleges of pharmacy need to have to demonstrate student achievement.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:40 PM

I have practiced a system that covers four of the 5 key strategies for many years starting at five years of age.  I would not teach any other way. With this kind of assessment students after seven years of age can lead parent teacher conferences with ease and confidence. Had a dad in tears once who confessed it was the first time his son had talked meaningfully to him about his learning. Then I was in tears too....

Aunty Alice's curator insight, November 21, 2013 8:03 PM

A good little diagram but it does not address the issue of how to do it..it requires modelling, first by the teacher, then slowly devolving the responsibility to the learner, and focus on one subject area at a time e.g. Literacy . In my experience it also requires set aside time with each student to assess together, recording what has been discussed so it is not forgotten. I am talking about elementary learners here.. 

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Talking Common Core and 21st Century Literacy at the CBC

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At the annual Children's Book Council, guest speakers Alan Lawrence Sitomer and Maryanne Wolf discussed Common Core and influence of technology has on developing readers.
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2014 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:38 AM

I definitely see the need to "better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use."

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:46 PM

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Ten crucial steps for implementing new technology in your classroom

Ten crucial steps for implementing new technology in your classroom | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
So, you want to use that new app, site, web tool, gizmo, or doo-dad in the classroom? That's great! Now what? Using a process to vet, research, and test a new addition to your repertoire is crucial...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 2013 8:27 PM

Technology changes rapidly and many want to jump on the bandwagon quickly, but before we bring new technology into our classroom we need to learn to use it and determine if it will help move students to a new level. One of my favorite saying is that technology should not be used simply to use technology, but to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum. This post provides ten excellent points that we should consider before bringing in the next cool tool that we discover. Four are listed below.

* Identify and verify

* Do some real research

* Write a rationale for use

* Build norms and expectations for use

Each of the points has additional information. Click through to the post to learn more.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:09 PM

Thanks, Bth. Good advice.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:43 PM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Technology changes rapidly and many want to jump on the bandwagon quickly, but before we bring new technology into our classroom we need to learn to use it and determine if it will help move students to a new level. One of my favorite saying is that technology should not be used simply to use technology, but to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum. This post provides ten excellent points that we should consider before bringing in the next cool tool that we discover. Four are listed below.

* Identify and verify

* Do some real research

* Write a rationale for use

* Build norms and expectations for use

Each of the points has additional information. Click through to the post to learn more.

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16 iPad Apps to Support the Writing Process {Part 1 of 2} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

16 iPad Apps to Support the Writing Process {Part 1 of 2} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

"Today’s writers benefit from an incredible assortment of digital tools from which they can draw inspiration and productivity. Although some writers prefer to stick to old-fashioned pen and paper or even typewriters, there’s a vast population of others that are happy to take advantage of all the new tools out there.

Some of the brightest of these tools can be found on the Apple iPad, and Terry Heick at TeachThought has compiled 16 of them here. Whether students need a place to scribble ideas, organize plotlines, or just find their zen before sitting down to write, these apps have them covered. And you, too."


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Panicos Kamasia 's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:27 PM

16 iPad Apps to Support the Writing Process {Part 1 of 2} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

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Connecting 21st Century Learning, Technology, and Common Core Standards

Connecting 21st Century Learning, Technology, and Common Core Standards | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
A great and meaty post at by @tracywatanabe: Connecting Learning, Technology, and Common Core http://t.co/tmPs6gG1j1 #ccss

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Improving Student Writing Using iPads - Dr. Wesley Fryer

"Slides for a series of hands-on iPad workshops by Dr. Wesley Fryer with elementary teachers in Lewisville, Texas, January 23-24, 2014. Learn more on: http://maps.playingwithmedia.com"


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Gunnar Sewell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:56 AM

While tablets such as the iPad can be a very useful tool for teachers and for student engagement, it is my strong belief that they should never replace or reduce interpersonal activities. Educators must always remember that the push to use technology in the classroom is mainly the result of high tech companies' marketing campaigns. 

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:31 PM

teachers often underestimate or underuse the power of the iPad

Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:45 PM

Interesting perspective ... will engaging kids in elementary school translate to the stronger writing we expect of students.

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25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom

25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

"Over the years, many of us have personally experienced the growth of technology in today’s classrooms. Instead of taking notes, students are now occupied by surfing the Internet, scrolling through Facebook, and messaging their friends on their smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Instead of focusing on the instruction, teachers are constantly required to interrupt class in order to remind those students again and again, that class time is for learning, not texting. However, as today’s students are using more technological devices, it is imperative that teachers have access to the resources to keep pace with the growing tech culture."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:32 PM

This post provides 25 teaching tools which are split into five categories:

* Organization

* Project Based Learning

* Classroom Management

* Presentations

* Assessments

This wide assortment of tools may include a few that are new to you. Each is described in the post.

Heather MacDonald's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:32 PM

Teaching tools in a "tech culture" - even in the classroom...maybe especially in the classroom our teaching tools adapt in order to teach children best practices in organization and learning skills.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?

Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t

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tammy bailey's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:48 AM

Using the iPad would make the research, peer editting process, and revising process easier.  Most students that enjoy writing do not enjoy the revise, editting process.  The use of the iPad definately streamlines the writing process!

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, January 23, 2014 10:08 AM

This article describes the writing process by using an ipad to organize, compose, and edit their written language.  Many students do not enjoy writing because of the process it takes for them to write (think of an idea, form the letters, make a complete sentence, and then edit the work)

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Close Reading Requires Student Effort

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To meet the Common Core ELA Standards students must "readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works or literature." The purpose of c...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 6, 2013 11:30 PM

With Common  Core testing approaching close reading in an area that we know students will need to know well. This post provides many resources.

Are you looking for resources on the basic components of close reading? Find links to information on complex short text, pre-reading activities, re-reading of text, annotations, text-dependent questions, peer collaboration and response to text. Check out a visual on text complexity, one on annotation techniques and one on text-dependent questions.

Additional materials are also available.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:05 AM

Thik this is a very interesting dilemma long form read alongside skimmers, wasn't scanr eading always part of a good student's skill set. Will need to read this carefully.

David Baker's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:33 AM

Just went to the blog post and it is a rich resource.  I will be adding it to my seminar follow up.

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21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary (Infographic)

21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary (Infographic) | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
I previously published 21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary which has been widely read and quite popular with educators.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:44 PM

This infographic provides 21 digital tools that help build vocabulary. It is split into the following sections:

* Reference Tools

* Word Clouds
* Games and Reviews

* Word Walls and More

Why use digital tools?  Here are a few reasons (and there are many more). They allow students to hear spoken words; often words are acccompanied with images, providing a deeper understanding; students may play and manipulate words; and create virtual word walls. We are told to personalize instruction today and digital tools help us do that. Teaching vocabulary is critical and these tools will provide you with resources for a range of students. For more information on the tools you might look at the original post located at http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/02/20-digital-tools-for-vocabulary/

Audrey's curator insight, November 16, 2013 7:48 AM

This is really great.  It is very helpful for students, particularly those whose first language is not English and are learning subjects in the UK.  

Melissa Jenkins 's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:33 AM

Time to make use of this. 

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.


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16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:28 PM

I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

Catherine Byrd Bushby's curator insight, June 21, 2014 10:13 PM

That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources

10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it
Wondering how to get your students to use and analyze primary sources instead of their beloved Wikipedia? Here are some great resources for primary sources.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:50 PM

This post provides links to 10 Learnist boards that provide access to a wide variety of primary documents including:

* The British Library

* The Relationship Between Primary and Secondary Resources (helps teach Common Core 6-8.RH.9)

* Primary Sources for the Science Classroom

* Citing Textual Evidence

Many more boards are available through the post.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 5, 2013 5:36 PM

Never hurts to know what resources are out there in the Web world. Here are 10 good ones to help with that.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!

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Making the Connection: Common Core and National Educational Technology Standards | Digital Learning Environments

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A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Fried Technology: What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

Fried Technology: What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

Great, explicit look at the way project pedagogy is changing.


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Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb

Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb | Common Core VT & Technology | Scoop.it

Framing lessons through the lens of the Universal Design for Learning isn't about more time so much as it is about more strategic thinking, says Elizabeth Stein. (#UDL naturally links to #CCSS. What's an example from your classroom?


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