Formative assessment is an important tool teachers can use to target students' learning needs. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can better adjust their teaching to meet the kids right at their level. These digital formative assessment tools can help you do the job.
A $25 computer that fits in the palm of your hand, the Raspberry Pi has the potential to challenge the digital divide and make coding in schools as commonplace as textbooks. Computing could truly become about what kids can make rather than what schools can buy. Teacher Chad Sansing explains it all, with resources for digging in and getting started.
Post-it Plus is a new iPad app from the makers of the original Post-it Notes. With this free app installed on your iPad you can snap a picture of a collection of physical sticky notes and have them quickly digitized. Once your notes are digitized you can re-arrange them, share them with collaborators, or send them to another application like Dropbox. If you have multiple sets of notes you can combine the best notes into one board through the Post-it Plus iPad app. Watch the video below for a short overview of the app.
"Instead of listing all the different ways a task deviates from the target, the single-point rubric simply describes the target in a single column of traits."
Jim Lerman's insight: Interesting idea, but I think using this technique to develop an actual rubric might be better. As in this case, start with statements about level 3, which represents attainment of the standard. Then, to the right, elaborate on examples of advanced performance, and to the left, examples of performance needing improvement.
There's growing and well-founded concern about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields, particularly when it comes to women of color. Here are some ideas on what to do about it.
Computer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school. Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out! It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects. As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun creating projects. This includes games, quizzes, and animations that can explain a math or science concept.
Within the design thinking model, individual learning styles can be validated through a project based learning experience. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires inspired our introduction lesson to design thinking. Read on to see how you can do the same with your students.