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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer | Leadership Think Tank | 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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7 Ways to Create and Deliver Online Quizzes

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20 Time-Saving Grading Apps That Teachers Love - Best Colleges Online

20 Time-Saving Grading Apps That Teachers Love - Best Colleges Online | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Grading can be a daunting task, but these apps can save teachers a lot of time.
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12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom

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iPads are "wondrous little devices capable of enchanting learners for hours, to get the learning results you’re likely after will take planning, design, and reflection."

This post discusses four areas of instruction and instructional design that will help you integrate iPad in the classroom. The four areas are each followed by three bullet points. See each area below, with one of the bullet points listed. Click through to the article for more information.

* Curriculum is Adaptive (as in less rigid). There are "Learning pathways, embedded differentiation and personalization, culturally and cognitively responsive tasks and work that honors constructivist thinking and doing over passivity and compliance."

* Instruction is diverse (as in less uniform).  "With access to a nearly infinite number of digital domains, instruction will have to adapt in parallel, including peer-to-peer, student-to-student, school-to-school learning; mastery-based learning via apps such as the Khan Academy."

* Assessment is Frequent and Formative (as in less intermittent and summative). "A climate of assessment that yields simple data digestible to all stakeholders–including the teacher."

* Integrated with Relevant Communities (as in purely academic, or forced, awkward audiences–for the love of everything, please no more letters to the principals). Digital, Physical, Local, Global


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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:10 AM

Though this article is "labelled" for an ipad-ready classroom, I might call is 12 characteristics of a 21st century classroom: teaching practice is changing and this post lists 12 things we can now expect to see..

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Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

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What is the best way to determine students' skills in science? Paper and pencil or hands-on? "The National Assesment for Education Progress used hands-on experiments as a way to test 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students, and found that this kind of assessment gives a much more accurate reflection of student comprehension."

The findings were mixed. Although 76% of students (at all grade levels) "performed simple experiments correctly and accurately observed the results" when experiments involved more data sets the ability to complete the experiment and observe dropped to 36%. For more detailed information please read the post.


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How To Do Student-Led Conferences

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I seem to have written a lot about the why of student-led conferences but then have never given a step by step approach on how to do it.  Fresh in my mind from my webinar for SimpleK12 - here are t...

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: An Updated Digital Differentiation Model | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

An updated and revised look at the three components of digital differentiation by Susan Oxnevad. Each is a ThingLink image, so as you scroll over the image links articles, slideshows, tools and more will be available.


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Arthur JACQUEMIN's curator insight, February 12, 2013 4:41 AM

Quelques schémas et explications bien sentis...

Peta A Gray's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:12 PM

Fantastic!

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A Polarized Education System - What Does This Mean? | Taking Note

A Polarized Education System - What Does This Mean? | Taking Note | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"Polarization has come to public education, big time. If it persists, at the end of the day we all are going to lose."

John Merrow looks at how polarized education has become in this post. He provides statistics such as (all quoted):

* Half of our kids get no early education;

* 22% of our children live in poverty, and;

* 25% have chronic health conditions like asthma or obesity.

He follows this discussion with seven ways that "we have become polarized about education." A few of the ways include:

* We are polarized about accountability.

* We are polarized about the role of technology.

He then asks that we think about four words (which you will find in his article) and asks that we look at the need to move beyond polarization. This article has made me look more deeply at many issues confronting education. 


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Strategies to enhance peer feedback | Assessment for Learning

Strategies to enhance peer feedback | Assessment for Learning | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Some strategies are particularly suited to younger students, where often the names that teachers have for these strategies provide a 'shorthand' way of communicating to students that they wish them to provide peer feedback.


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