When teachers know their students well, they can build strong connections that lead to better learning. Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses help teachers tailor learning experiences for their students. Formative assessment is how teachers collect information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. Formative assessment takes many forms, including exit tickets, discussions, games, and quizzes. These kinds of informal assessments can also help teachers get to know their students as learners and as people.
There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free (often charging for extra features). I’ve written a little about 15 of them below. Most of these tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who: raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.
I'm an Android user and my district uses Google Apps, Chromebooks, and Android tablets, so I'm always looking for great apps for Android. I had bookmarked this site a while back and just found it again.
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January 17, 2015 AppInventor is a platform where students can have access to a wide variety of resources to help them learn about programming and Android apps creation. No prior knowledge of...
One of my colleagues used AppInventor with his programming students. The students loved creating a mobile app and found this programming practical and engaging. They could really create something they were interested in.
This post is the second post (the first one was Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Phrase.It”) in a lengthy series where I will be sharing the Web 2.0 tools that I’m using with my Beginning English Language Learners, along...
Idea for Padlet use with ESL/EFL students from Larry Ferlazzo
January 17, 2015 A 21st century classroom is a classroom that is multimodally structured in such a way that students, teachers and parents are engaged in synchronous and asynchronous communicational...
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January 6, 2015 Content curation is something I have been doing for five years now and all along the way I developed an arsenal of useful strategies that enable me to better search, access, evaluate...
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