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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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A Very Useful Tool For Lesson Planning ~ "THE SHIFT" IN EDUCATION

A Very Useful Tool For Lesson Planning ~ "THE SHIFT" IN EDUCATION | Into the Driver's Seat |

by Emre Firat


Even though I am a technology fan, I still use papers to create plans for my lessons and to write notes for my own use. There are lots of digital applications but none of them has made me feel comfortable so far. Yesterday I discovered a new tool, the “Planboard”

Planboard is a very simple tool that you can use to create your daily, weekly and monthly plans. Signing up and creating a template takes only 3 minutes.

With Planboard you can;
- print or e-mail your plans or save them as PDF files,
- add memos, sticky notes for yourself,
- add Standards for each lesson period,
- attach files for every lesson,
- set off-days or shift your schedule without any change.

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | Into the Driver's Seat |

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."

Via Beth Dichter, Jim Lerman
Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?