Solution: Check out the recently launched Collections at BloomBoard. These Collections will provide you with access to high quality, personalized content curated by experienced educators. This is a place for learning, sharing and discussing about best practices to solve whatever challenges you in your classroom so you can continue to build your skills and improve your practice. This month, several bloggers will be sharing Collections of learning resources on their blogs and writing about how those resources have powered their own practice.
What about earning recognition for all the time you'll be spending growing your skills in a particular area? BloomBoard and Digital Promise have partnered to provide teachers with a way to demonstrate their learning and competency through a system of micro-credentials. You can learn more about it on the Digital Promise website.
Formative Assessment Collection
I was honored to be asked to create and share a Collection that focuses on Formative Assessment.
Here are some of the features that I think are important when looking at tools for formative assessment.
- Ease of use - Can the teacher set up a formative assessment quickly and easily, whether in the form of a quiz/question to summarize student learning or a quick question during instruction to assess level of understanding?
- Data collection - Can the teacher access the results of an assessment during that process or immediately afterwards to know how to move forward during the current lesson or to serve to inform the future course of instruction?
- Multiple question formats - Can students be assessed in multiple ways such as open ended questions, multiple choice questions, or use of multimedia to accompany a question?
- Reports - Does the tool provide the teacher with a report that can be stored and reviewed post-instruction to either inform future learning or to assist in providing individualized support?
Check into the BloomBoard Blog every Monday in February for the week's schedule of bloggers and follow along daily on Bloomboard's Facebook and Twitter.
On Monday, check in on our next blogger Amanda Dykes over at Upside Down Education.
Amanda is an instructional technology coach and a former 6th grade technology and science teacher who is an expert in using technology as an integral part of pedagogy to increase learning as well as training and exciting educators into using technology in a way to increase student learning. She spends her days working with teachers at the 56 schools within her district on ways to use technology with their students, sharing her knowledge and proficiency of web 2.0 tools and their uses in today’s classroom. She also has an extensive understanding of social networking for building a professional learning network which allows her to stay on the leading edge of shifts in education ideas and the leading edge of technology. She presents and writes about various technology, social networking and STEM topics around the country. In 2012, she was invited by NASA to cover the launch of the Mars Curiosity Rover for social media and in 2015 returned, this time to Johnson Space Center, as education press covering resources available for teachers from NASA.