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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

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Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.
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Some useful tips for creating a culture of data in a school. Collaborative, transparent and improvement focused.

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Making Students Partners in Data-Driven Approaches to Learning

Making Students Partners in Data-Driven Approaches to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly educators are relying on student data to make instructional decisions, but how much more useful could that information be in the hands of students themselves?
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Getting students to use data to improve learning. "When students themselves identify, analyze, and use data from their learning, they become active agents in their own growth. They set personal goals informed by data they understand, and they own those goals. The framework of student-engaged assessment provides a range of opportunities to involve students in using data to improve their learning. "

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5 Innovative Tools For Data-Based Teaching

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5 Innovative Tools For Data-Based Teaching
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Useful tips on using data and some apps. 

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Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Instead of extremes, let's explore the grey area a little more. Individual contexts are so important before sweeping conclusions can be made.

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A Middle-School Cheating Scandal

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One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he returned, he slit open the cellophane and gently pulled a test book from its wrapping. Then he used a lighter to warm the razor, which he wedged under the adhesive sealing the booklet, and peeled back the tab.
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An moving and in depth article from the New Yorker on the dangers of high stakes testing, over-reliance on data, merit pay. 


'“They didn’t see the value in the test, so they didn’t see that they were devaluing the kids by cheating,” she said. Unlike recent cheating scandals at Harvard and at Stuyvesant High School, where privileged students were concerned with their own advancement, those who cheated at Parks were never convinced of the importance of the tests; they viewed the cheating as a door they had to pass through in order to focus on issues that seemed more relevant to their students’ lives.'

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The 6 Education Technology Trends You Should Know About - Edudemic

The 6 Education Technology Trends You Should Know About - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition was released, with the aim of examining emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within higher education settings. This is the eleventh time the New Media Consortium has put out this report, and it is interesting to look back …
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Six trends that are accelerating the adoption of technology in higher education: social media; hybrid, online & collaborative learning; data driven learning & assessment; students as creators; agile approaches to change; evolution of online learning.

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