Checking for Understanding in a Digital World


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Find out why we should use formative assessment strategies in the classroom and check out some of the latest web 2.0 tools that can be used for this purpose.

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  • Checking for Understanding in a Digital World

    1. 1. Teach Smarter, Not Harder Kyle Schutt DEN Account Manager – Assessment [email_address]
    2. 2. Learning Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Continue to develop a common language and understanding of assessment in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain an understanding of how to utilize digital assessment tools in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realize that YOU CAN do this! </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Essential Question <ul><li>How can we use digital tools in the classroom to increase instructional time and meet all students’ needs? </li></ul>http://
    4. 4. Cell phones out and on! Initial Thoughts…
    5. 6. Assessment Analogy
    6. 7. <ul><li>Summative assessment – assessment of learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State-wide tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAEP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MANY classroom tests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formative assessment – assessment for learning </li></ul>“Formative assessment is not a test. Rather, it is an ongoing process in which teachers use test-elicited evidence to adjust their instruction or students use it to adjust their learning tactics .” Jim Popham Summative vs. Formative Assessment
    7. 8. Why Formative Assessment? <ul><li>Research on formative assessment has shown that when teachers practice good formative assessment and students participate in it, BOTH achievement and motivation increase. </li></ul><ul><li>This achievement increase can be as much as .4 to .7 standard deviations. That’s like moving from the 50 th percentile to the 65 th or 75 th percentile. </li></ul><ul><li>These effect sizes are larger than most of those found for educational interventions. </li></ul>
    8. 9. How do you know what your students need? <ul><li>Survey Monkey </li></ul><ul><li>EasyTestMaker </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Google Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Quizlet </li></ul><ul><li>DE Quiz Builder </li></ul><ul><li>Local Assessment Data </li></ul><ul><li>DE Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress Zone </li></ul></ul>* Continuous Improvement Model
    9. 10. * Continuous Improvement Model Utilize digital media to support instruction
    10. 11. Tools to collect student input <ul><li>Tiny Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Edmodo </li></ul><ul><li>Wall Wisher </li></ul><ul><li>DE Quiz Builder </li></ul><ul><li>DE Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress Zone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>* Continuous Improvement Model
    11. 12. * Continuous Improvement Model Decide upon a course of action
    12. 13. Teaching without assessment is like… http://
    13. 14. Stay Connected to the DEN! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    14. 15. Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Given to struggling students that are not proficiency on common formative assessments or benchmark assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Precisely measures students’ skill-level proficiencies in basic skill areas of reading and mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures that instructional interventions are effective </li></ul>Progress Monitoring Assessments/Curricular Based Measures (CBMs) <ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Given to entire Grade level or Subject area after a unit of instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Identify which students have not demonstrated mastery of essential standards </li></ul><ul><li>Identify effective instructional practices </li></ul><ul><li>Identify patterns in student mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the accuracy of the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Plan and target interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional, necessary information to plan for effective instruction </li></ul>Diagnostic Assessments/Common Formative Assessments <ul><li>Informal </li></ul><ul><li>Given as pretest and/or posttest to identify struggling learners’ instructional levels </li></ul><ul><li>Provides immediate feedback of concept mastery to teachers for flexible grouping, reteaching, etc. on the classroom level </li></ul>Checks for Understanding/Probes Purpose Types/Name Formative Assessment