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Q&A Wednesday: Shawn Rubin, CEO of Metryx

(reposted from EdTechTimes.com) The Metryx Mobile Tracker  is a new application that gives educators an easier way to conduct formative assessments and monitor student progress on the fly.  Metryx CEO Shawn Rubin recently took the time to lend is his insights on trends, obstacles, and the future of edtech.  Check it out below. What is the biggest trend...

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Common Core or Guided Reading

-By Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago (From ShanahanonLiteracy.com) Recently, I’ve been fielding questions about guided reading (à la Fountas and Pinnell) and the common core; mainly about the differences in how they place students in texts. Before going there, let me point out that there is a lot of common ground between guided reading and common core, including...

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Mobile Formative Assessment; A One Device Solution

(re-posted from Free Technology for Teachers) Formative assessment has been stuck in a rut for years but tablets and Smartphones have the potential for increasing the amount of formative data that teachers collect and use on a daily basis. The combination of touch screen devices and cloud storage allows teachers to create a manageable flow of connected data, collected...

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Highlander Dissemination Project Yields Strong Year 1 Results

As part of a two-year charter dissemination project funded by RIDE, Highlander facilitator Dawn August has supported school-based literacy reform initiatives at Whiteknact and Oldham Elementary schools in East Providence RI over the past school year. The project model was developed by HILL for Literacy in Woburn, MA, and proven at the Highlander Charter School...

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Ensuring Mastery of Early Numeracy Skills

Research has clearly demonstrated the value of integrating Curriculum-Based Measurement Assessments (such as AIMSWEB, EasyCBM, TEN, DIBELS) in elementary classrooms to measure performance and growth in both math and literacy.  The impact of these measures is directly related to how effectively the data is used to group students, differentiate instruction, and support definitive student mastery...

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"Decision Driven Data Collection"

Whether it’s due to a misunderstanding of its purpose or the fact that it takes too much prep and classroom time, formative assessment is often lost at the bottom of the instructional toolbox, used only by those truly data-driven teachers who feel that they can’t live without it and find a way to make it...

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Evernote as a Formative Assessment Tool

Evernote has so many classroom applications. As a research tool, note-taking platform, and student e-portfolio it is fantastic, but perhaps its most impressive application is it’s ability to collect ongoing qualitative formative assessment that can be accessed from anywhere and shared easily. Marlene Vivieros is a first grade teacher at the Highlander Charter School in...

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Highlander Institute Launches Formative Assessment Application

The Highlander Institute recently announced the beta launch of the Metryx Mobile Tracker, a new education application that gives educators an easy way to conduct formative assessments and monitor student’s learning progress in real time. Metryx empowers teachers to aggregate meaningful data through any assessment – from traditional flashcards to online learning games — while offering...

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A Mobile Formative Assessment Model

The demand for digital assessment tools has been validated in the marketplace by the emergence of several competitive products. However, it is also important to consider the competitive role of legacy formats like paper and pencil and excel data entry. For a digital formative assessment model to become teacher approved it must function more efficiently...

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One to One Formative Assessment Solutions

Student facing devices have the potential to dramatically change the frequency and effectiveness of classroom formative data collection. Schools who find themselves with a wealth of technology are in a position to leverage the growing number of online adaptive and non-adaptive assessment softwares available on the market today. The time honored image of students sharpening...

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