Summary: Educators and administrators are shifting from trying to control or ban the use of social media, to influencing how to effectively embrace it and enhance student achievement. From creating Facebook study groups, to posting band practice videos on YouTube so students can learn from their performances, creative social media use in the classroom can provide opportunity for formative assessment.
Some of the social media tools discussed during the session include:
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Summary: New Learning Standards hold great promise to preparing students for reading at the college level. Literacy is a shared responsibility within the school. New standards require precise study of primary sources. This requires close reading in all subjects.
Brief Guide: Creating Questions for Close Reading
- Determine what the most important learning to be drawn from the text. This becomes the “raw material” for the culminating assignment and a focus point for other activities.
- Identify key ideas and/or concepts of the text. Create questions that are structured to bring the reader to an understanding of these ideas and concepts.
- Locate the powerful academic words. Design questions an discussions that help students explore the role of those words through the text. Consider other words that could enhance student understanding.
- Examine what standards are addressed in the question you design. Consider what (if any) other standards may be included and form questions to be included in the discussion.
- Find the sections of the text that will present the greatest difficulty and craft questions that support students in mastering those sections. These sections may have varying patterns of thought, difficult syntax, idea-dense material, or material that offers a variety of possible inferences.
- Develop a culminating activity around the learning identified in #1. The task should reflect mastery of one or more standards, involve writing, and be structured for students to do independently.
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Summary: Collecting and sharing real time data soon after classroom walkthroughs can prove a valuable formative assessment tool. Free technology like Google Forms is an ideal process to:
- Collect and manage data easily
- Share data immediately with the teacher and offer opportunity for reflective feedback
- Allow Administration to improve and guide professional development decisions.
Falk demonstrates how to create a Google walkthrough form and explains collecting, assessing and sharing the collected data.
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Presenter: Bob Heitkamp, 4th Grade Teacher, Fort Recovery Schools
Summary: The use of cloud-based software can create new partnerships among staff and ease in the implementation the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. The Fort Recovery School District’s cloud-based software, called Forte, aided in the transition, simplified procedures and created reminders to meet the necessary deadlines in its first year of OTES. Session presenter Bob Heitkamp is a 4th grade teacher in the Fort Recovery Schools and a member of the district’s evaluation committee. He is also a credentialed evaluator for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
Various customizable settings allowed the district to personalize the software based on their adopted model. For example they customized what comprised their walkthroughs. Further, a teacher can see learning goals and how their students are engaged. Pre-conferences questions allow everyone to start from the same page. These can be changed between specific teachers and administrators.
Benefits of the cloud-based teacher evaluation software:
- Customizable to any device
- Designed specifically for Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System
- Incorporates all teacher performance components
- Integrates teachers as part of the process
- Provides scheduling software to remind evaluators of deadlines and upcoming evaluations
- Post conference
- Collects coded and timed evidence
- Adds emphasis for further filtration
The district found that their biggest challenge was incorporating the Student Learning Objectives into the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.