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54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive

54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Try out these 54 teacher-created examples of formative assessments:http://bit.ly/1bLbLzX during the new year.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 9, 4:02 PM

This is a great assessment resource list for the 21st century learning environment. All approaches can be modified to fit your target learner.

Nathalie Bos's curator insight, January 13, 12:27 AM

Évaluer reste une tâche essentielle

KatieMacDonald's curator insight, January 14, 2:15 PM

Something to try...

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Help Students Use Creative Commons Images in Presentations

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Preparing for Adaptive Learning

Preparing for Adaptive Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In formalized education, there’s a predetermined set of things that children are supposed to know, and there’s a good amount of research pushing people into a particular way of teaching them. This leads to large amount of content that consistently supports particular learning objectives. I’m not stating that formal education has the right learning objectives to prepare a child for the world they are going to enter, but I am saying the consistency in content requirements makes this easier from the adaptive perspective.

 

In real work, the complexity multiplies. There are two huge differences between formal education and the working world: the variation in jobs roles and the work to be done by people in those roles. Learning technologies will be continuously developed to get smarter about accounting for such fuzziness, but until then we can make it easier to work with many different new technologies as they arrive.

Here are three steps we all need to take to get ready for better, smarter support by the technology we choose to use.

 

We’re on the edge of some radical and exciting changes.
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We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

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We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 10, 12:03 PM

Learning and leading are about being able to adjust and adapt to meet the needs of the context. There is a sense of mindfulness involved. The two, learning and leading, are inseperable.

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How to Become a Paramedic

How to Become a Paramedic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Paramedics have a very rewarding and coveted job that has a 33% job growth predicted by 2020.[1] However, to be a paramedic, you have to put in long hours during training, be quick on your feet, and help patients as quickly as you can while staying...
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Are You Data Driven? Take a Hard Look in the Mi...

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The term "data driven" is penetrating the lexicon ever more deeply these days.
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Forced abortions in China a sign of family planning troubles - Denver Post

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Forced abortions in China a sign of family planning troubles
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China's government bans abuses by local enforcers, but nevertheless requires them to successfully carry out family-planning policies.
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A New Method to Measure Consciousness Proposed: Scientific American

A New Method to Measure Consciousness Proposed: Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It's an important new tool for doctors, but what is it actually measuring?
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excerpt: "The scientists report that their measure performs impressively in distinguishing states of consciousness within subjects, as well as across subjects in different clinically identified consciousness stages.  These promising results will no doubt attract further study. However, the claim that the measure is theoretically grounded in a conceptual understanding of consciousness deserves a closer look. It is tempting to think that a concretely grounded clinical study of consciousness naturally advances our scientific understanding of the phenomenon, but is this necessarily the case?"

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Before this article, I had read one or two articles from teachers who left the Teachers of America program. I wrote of the issues of the authors as an issue of inadequate teacher preparation. This article "Why Teachers of Color Quit" offers another issue professional issue. This is the only article on the subject I have read recently so this may be more of a statistical artifact (unusual situation). I don't want to jump to conclusions. Anecdotal.

 

This quote is important to note: "many teachers seemed indifferent to discussing these issues at all. When Teach for America organized diversity sessions, many teachers in the corps would skip the sessions or come back telling me, “I am so sick of being forced to talk about this.” 

 

I have heard similar comments from fellow studenst in a course on Multiculturalism as part of a teacher prep program. It happened some years ago and the comments were addressed, but it was easy to see that the sentiments did not change from that one discussion. I wonder if other teachers have heard the same or similar. I did not find any problems like this in my teaching positions though. I was lucky enough to teach with supportive teachers and administrators. However, I am surprised teachers in urban areas should encounter these and other difficulties. But this is one story and maybe it is an isolated incident.

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EESEE - Contents

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EESEE is designed to be a resource for educators and an aid for students in the study of statistics. It is intended to serve as a supplement to introductory textbooks written for students with varying degrees of mathematical backgrounds.

EESEE is now written in Authorware and it may be used on either a PC or a MAC. An HTML version of EESEE is currently under development.

EESEE currently includes over 80 "real-world" stories, or examples, about the uses and abuses of statistics and statistical inference, drawn from published and printed media encompassing a wide range of subject-matter areas.

Each story is accompanied by problems, graphics, and, in most cases, data sets portable to various statistical software packages. Some stories are also accompanied by video clips.

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Theories of Intelligence

Perkins' book contains extensive research-based evidence that education can be considerably improved by more explicit and appropriate teaching for transfer, focusing on higher-order cognitive skills, and the use of project-based learning.

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Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid

Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Statistics have become a fixture of modern society. We read them in news stories and they're used to determine policies that will affect every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many people wildly misinterpret them in fundamental ways.

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excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

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Bill Bentley's curator insight, July 27, 2013 9:46 AM

Several good, basic things to know about using simple statistics.  A quote from the article that I like:  "Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value." Bill


Will Morony's curator insight, July 27, 2013 5:43 PM

Great discussion starters.

 

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excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

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DATING FOR BAYESIANS: Here's How To Use Statistics To Improve Your Love ... - Business Insider

DATING FOR BAYESIANS: Here's How To Use Statistics To Improve Your Love ... - Business Insider | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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I am a somewhat socially awkward person. This sometimes makes first dates a daunting proposition.

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At last, statistics that might interest teenagers!

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Bill Bentley's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:47 AM

For all you dating folks, regardless of your age, here is one good reason why you need to study statistics!  :-)

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At last, statistics that might interest teenagers!
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How To Understand Your Interviewer's Hidden Agenda

How To Understand Your Interviewer's Hidden Agenda | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There can be no mistaking that the reason employers are on the hunt for new members of staff is a need. This need is not about you, it’s all about them and their need. Therefore you have to sell yourself and tune in to their WIIFM.
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The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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There are shifts in the ways we approach work and education that make their ways into our lives. We might focus on one or two of these concepts in our own lives, but miss that these concepts are involved in new ways of working and learning. Change occurs in small, incremental ways then suddenly, all at once. 

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There are shifts in the ways we approach work and education that make their ways into our lives. We might focus on one or two of these concepts in our own lives, but miss that these concepts are involved in new ways of working and learning. Change occurs in small, incremental ways then suddenly, all at once. 

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▶ Is Punishment or Reward More Effective? - YouTube

 

 

The psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel prize in economics, pointed out that regression to the mean might explain why rebukes can seem to improve performance, while praise seems to backfire.[8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regression_toward_the_mean

 

 

I had the most satisfying Eureka experience of my career while attempting to teach flight instructors that praise is more effective than punishment for promoting skill-learning. When I had finished my enthusiastic speech, one of the most seasoned instructors in the audience raised his hand and made his own short speech, which began by conceding that positive reinforcement might be good for the birds, but went on to deny that it was optimal for flight cadets. He said, “On many occasions I have praised flight cadets for clean execution of some aerobatic maneuver, and in general when they try it again, they do worse. On the other hand, I have often screamed at cadets for bad execution, and in general they do better the next time. So please don’t tell us that reinforcement works and punishment does not, because the opposite is the case.” This was a joyous moment, in which I understood an important truth about the world: because we tend to reward others when they do well and punish them when they do badly, and because there is regression to the mean, it is part of the human condition that we are statistically punished for rewarding others and rewarded for punishing them. I immediately arranged a demonstration in which each participant tossed two coins at a target behind his back, without any feedback. We measured the distances from the target and could see that those who had done best the first time had mostly deteriorated on their second try, and vice versa. But I knew that this demonstration would not undo the effects of lifelong exposure to a perverse contingency.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regression_toward_the_mean

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Why do people resist research findings from areas like leadership, education, parenting, and other areas related to psychology and sociology? One reason may result from the confusion between the use and value of controlled experiments and the value of anecdotal evidence. 

 
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Sharrock's curator insight, January 11, 1:49 PM

Why do people resist research findings from areas like leadership, education, parenting, and other areas related to psychology and sociology? One reason may result from the confusion between the use and value of controlled experiments and the value of anecdotal evidence. 

 

Sharrock's curator insight, January 11, 1:50 PM

Why do people resist research findings from areas like leadership, education, parenting, and other areas related to psychology and sociology? One reason may result from the confusion between the use and value of controlled experiments and the value of anecdotal evidence. 

 
Sharrock's curator insight, January 11, 1:51 PM

Why do people resist research findings from areas like leadership, education, parenting, and other areas related to psychology and sociology? One reason may result from the confusion between the use and value of controlled experiments and the value of anecdotal evidence. 

 
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How Many People Do I Need to Take My Survey? | SurveyMonkey Blog

How Many People Do I Need to Take My Survey? | SurveyMonkey Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Great question! And we’ve got a handy-dandy table with the answers. To use the table, just ask yourself two questions: How many people are in your populati
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Great information! It's probably one of the big ones for schools issuing surveys to their community members and stakeholders. Schools are trying to gather data to address student, family, community needs. We need more advice like this!

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Change Your Team » Tools to stop passive-aggressive behavior

Change Your Team » Tools to stop passive-aggressive behavior | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Say goodbye to #passiveaggressive behaviour bud using these quick #tips - http://t.co/nGikSo4C55
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'Either/or' mentality in U.S. handcuffs problem solving

'Either/or' mentality in U.S. handcuffs problem solving | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The more I watch cable TV, the more I read the newspaper, and the more I listen to my colleagues, the more convinced I become that our real problem is an almost complete loss of perspective. (Letters: 'Either/or' mentality in U.S.
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How to Recharge Your Creativity

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Do you ever find yourself in a creative funk? Feel like the well of creativity has run dry? Here are a few ideas to prime the pump of creativity.
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Establishing Cause & Effect

How do we establish a cause-effect (causal) relationship? What criteria do we have to meet? Generally, there are three criteria that you must meet before you can say that you have evidence for a causal relationship:

 
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What Close Reading Actually Means

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Cognitive Biases - Skeptical Medicine

Cognitive Biases - Skeptical Medicine | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Cognitive Biases distort our view of the world. As with cognitive dissonance, they are an integral part of our psychology. If we do not recognize them in our thinking, we will be hopelessly prone to error. 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 7, 8:11 AM

Biases can limit the creativity of a group and its individual members.

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Useful Web Sites for Statistics Teachers

With so many web sites available, it is hard for teachers of statistics to select those that are most useful. The following is a compilation of information by Daren Starnes, a member of the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, as well as information prepared by Robin Lock of St. Lawrence University. You may wish to visit these sites and see which are appropriate for your teaching level.

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Why Treating Life Like An Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions - Fast Company

Why Treating Life Like An Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions - Fast Company | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Why Treating Life Like An Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions Fast Company We've talked about this at a macro scale: that it can be useful to think of your career as a course of "grand experiments," in which you can test your strengths and...

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Bill Bentley's curator insight, August 20, 2013 5:55 AM

Good advice in this article, and not just for people who study experimental design.  

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Six Shades of True

Six Shades of True | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our word true is one of the oldest in the language. It may derive from a Proto-Indo-European word for tree. A well-rooted tree is strong, steadfast and firm.
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There are different meaning to the word "true".  

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