“Is assessment something that you cover?”
In a non-school social setting recently, I met a couple of teachers. As we got to talking, they asked me what I did for a living, so I told them about SimpleK12.com and all of the resources we provide. They asked for some examples of all of the webinars, video recordings, and courses we offered, and I said, “Well, we tackle just about every conceivable topic for teacher professional development in U.S. K-12 schools, so what might be of most interest to you?”
Both teachers paused a second, and then one said: “I know, is assessement something that you cover?”
“Oh my, ” I exclaimed, “we have several incredible assessment videos, so let’s go to the site and check them out.”
As we were perusing some of the assessment offerings, these are the video recordings that popped out at my new friends, so I thought all of you might like to know what an “Assessment Starter Kit at SimpleK12” might look like:
Create Self-Checking Quizzes with Google Forms and Spreadsheets
Do you spend too much time grading quizzes? Would you like to easily create self-checking quizzes that automatically provide you feedback? This video explores the template gallery in Google Drive, which provides some good examples of forms you can create for your own classroom. One of these forms is a self-checking quiz that automatically grades your student’s answers. Kim Munoz shows you how to find and use one of these templates to create your own quiz using formulas in Google Spreadsheets.
10 Free Web Tools to Help Assess Student Knowledge
Do you wish you had a better way to assess student knowledge and learning? Assessments are not just for pencil and paper anymore. In this video, Tia Simmons shares 10 free Web tools that you can use to assess your students’ learning. If you have a web-enabled device, you can not only deliver assessments to your students, but also have your students participate in assessment. Whether you want to do assessments on-the-fly or pre-planned, whether you want formative or summative, you will discover valuable tools you can use!
Creative and Engaging Assessments for Active Learning
Would you like to be able to quickly assess student learning so that you could focus their learning and more easily target what they need to work on? In this video, Naomi Harm discusses using web resources to collect data and use this feedback to check student understanding during instruction. She shows how these tools can provide students with clear learning targets, and explain how they give the ability to self-assess, track learning, and set goals in order to support a personalized teaching and learning environment. Naomi also discusses the challenges of adopting technologies and assessments, including bandwidth, funding, and privacy issues.
Using Literacy Assessments to Design Instruction
You have all this literacy assessment data. Now what? In this video, Dr. Jayme Linton examines practices and processes for analyzing literacy assessment data and using this data to make sound instructional decisions. She assists you in constructing a process for making instructional decisions for students based on literacy assessment data. She also examines actual literacy data, identifies students’ instructional needs, and designs instructional plans for addressing those needs.
Assessing Digital Storytelling: Setting Expectations for Student Success
Digital Storytelling can be a great opportunity for students to bring their stories to life and to demonstrate creativity and knowledge, but what are the best ways to assess their creations? How will you make sure that students are meeting the standards and your expectations while demonstrating their creativity? In this video, Monica Burns presents tips and resources for assessing your students’ digital story creations. She shares activity sheets and rubrics that elementary and middle school teachers can use in their own classrooms to help set expectations and assess results.
Grading and Assessment with Google: Tips & Tricks to Save You Time
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of grading that piles up on your desk each year? Rigorous academic standards that stress the need for strong writing skills enhanced by planning, revising, editing, and rewriting can make the amount of paperwork even more daunting, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Discover some simple tricks using Google apps that can help you successfully edit and revise student work more efficiently. Learn how to provide timely, high quality feedback and spend less time grading! In this video, Catlin Tucker offers strategies for using Google docs, forms, spreadsheets and scripts to provide high quality formative and summative feedback. Catlin also shows how Google apps make it possible to support students in developing and strengthening their writing, while making your job more manageable and rewarding.
For a complete list of all of the videos in our assessment and review category, click here.