In this lesson, learn the different types of data that can be collected using online environments. Included is a description of some of the tools used to collect information on student progress, engagement and learning.
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Summative Assessment - data that is the end result of learning
Formative Assessment - data that helps inform or guide instruction
Formative assessment data can come from many sources and can occur with or without the use of technology. The most important thing about this data is that it must be used to inform instruction. Some no tech examples of formative assessment are thumbs up and down, consensus-grams, exit slips, quizzes, and teacher checklists. There is an ever-increasing pool of technology based formative assessment resources, some of which I have reviewed below including Google Forms and Flubaroo, Socrative, TenMarks, Quizlet, Sophia, and Learnzillion. The data from these resources includes not only content assessment data, but data that includes student engagement and time on tasks. These sources of data can be as useful in informing instruction and should not be overlooked.
When using a tech tool, determine if you are able to see how long a student spent on a task. Too little time and a low score could reveal that a student did not find the lesson engaging or that they rushed through the work. Conversely an extended time engaged with a task and a low score could mean that the lesson was too challenging and that a student needs more opportunities to work on building skills leading to that content. Where possible, also review data to determine if students are revisiting tutorials and re-watching. Is this working to help student master material, or do they require direct intervention, coaching and feedback to reach mastery?
It is as important to look at class trends when analyzing data, as individual data. Where is the class in terms of mastery? If multiple students are showing weak assessment data, it may be essential to create a flexible group to support them through a challenging concept. If the entire class is not getting it, it may be time to shift gears altogether. Class data can also support partnering. At times it may be beneficial to partner students who have mastered content with students who are on their way to mastery.
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This video summarizes the group data feature. No extra adjustments needed in the settings.
For more information on data, check out the playlist Mastering Analytics .
This video will illustrate using Google forms combined with the URL shortener and a QR code as a possible means of student assessment, both formative and summative.
A summary of the basic steps to follow:
1) create the form
2) place link in Google URL shortener (this creates a QR code)
3) post code for students (desks, doors, worksheets, anywhere)
4) have students scan code - desired form will appear in device window
As an added bonus, if you want the formative assessment to be graded by Google, add the script flubaroo on the spreadsheet connected to the form!
Source: Paula Dillon via Google
Source: Paula Dillon via Google and Flubaroo
This document maps the different features that can be linked with class assessments within Google Drive.
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In this video you will learn how to
1. Create a Group
2. Add a Lesson to a Group
3. Invite Students to a Group with the Invite Code
You will need to do this as your performance assessment to receive credit for this program.
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Congratulations, you have completed this series of tutorials and are close to being a Tech Pro!
Now it is time to showcase what you have learned. Your assignment is to create a tutorial in Sophia and place it in a group. Copy and paste your tutorial link in the third step on the Virtual Classroom page. You'll hear from a member of the team soon after on how to get your t-shirt and certificate.
If you need a refresher or are curious about what else you can do, check out the playlist Scoop on Groups.
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Learnzillion - videos and activities aligned to the Common Core in ELA and math. Teachers can create classrooms, monitor student progress, and provide differentiated assignments and playlists for their students. There is no fee for a teacher account. This site is great for grades 3 through high school.
TenMarks - video tutorials and Common Core online math assignments that adjusts to the students' skill level. The program includes interventions call amplifiers when the students' struggle with the concept. There is a free version with limited playlists and a paid version with a wider array. With the paid version, teachers and schools can run data analysis reports.
Socrative - replaces the need for a clicker system. Socrative will work with a computer or any personal device. Students respond to teacher created questions using any device and a code and the teacher receive immediate feedback that can also be exported into a spreadsheet for analysis and review. Video and images can be included in the questions. Questions can be true/false, multiple choice, and short answer.
Quizlet - Allows both students and teachers to create flashcards and play games and test their memory. Teachers can set up class accounts and monitor the data. For many world languages, there are Quizlets already created according the the text.
MyMetryx - a tool that allows teachers to track their own formative assessment in the classroom using a device with the program downloaded.
Flubaroo - a script that works with Google forms and is added to the accompanying spreadsheet that allows automation of grading and the ability to quickly review and sort student formative data.
Source: Compiled by Paula Dillon