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Formative Assessment

Find and share ideas for checking in with students during a project, class, or semester to assess their learning and see if content or instruction needs adjusting.

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

Learn about the importance of formative assessment and explore engaging ways of using mobile devices to enhance the tried-and-true exit slip.


3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

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Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

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Courageous Conversation: Formative Assessment and Grading

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Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions

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Instant Feedback: Principles of, and Techniques for, Formative Assessment

This simple testing method puts students in charge of their own learning.

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Bowling with Your Eyes Closed: Students Need True Formative Assessment

It's important to give students immediate feedback and a chance to try again.

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Pick and Click: Interactive Assessment Goes to School

Classroom response systems provide instant feedback.

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Structure in Project-Based Learning: The Freedom to Learn Requires Planning

A PBL classroom is like a sports team, with just the same focus on preparation for performance.

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Building Blocks for Technology Integration: A Strategy for Success

Collaboration is key to incorporating technology into all aspects of curriculum.

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A Pencil Is a Word Processor: Making the Case for Cell Phones in Class

Pencil and cell phones as teaching tools.

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High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion

High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion

Through a focus on teamwork, individualized instruction, and ongoing assessment, this K-6 school is improving the achievement of minority and low-income students.

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Assessment: No Single Measure Tells the Story of Student Achievement

At this California charter school, assessment comes in many forms.


Going Beyond NCLB and Assessing Schools Differently

Blogger Anne O’Brien describes new models for assessing schools that put less emphasis on the results of standardized tests.

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Show What You Know As You Go: A Different Spin on Assessment

Assessments should be taken throughout the learning process, not just at the end.

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New Teacher Boot Camp Week 5 - Using Blogs

A quick overview of blogs -- what they are, how to publish one, and why they're interesting to educators.

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The Next Chapter by George Lucas

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A Pencil Is a Word Processor: Making the Case for Cell Phones in Class

Pencil and cell phones as teaching tools.

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