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Martin Burrett

Are girls really better at reading than boys - or are the tests painting a false picture? - 22 views

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    In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any difference between men's and women's reading skills. Why is that? Could the answer be in the way the tests are designed?
Daniel Lorenz

Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing (Satire--The Onion) - 36 views

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    As the American education system continues to place more emphasis on standardized testing to measure academic achievement, critics have argued that it can be more harmful than helpful to students' development in the long run. Here are some of the pros and cons of standardized testing:
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    It should probably be noted that The Onion is a satire site.
Martin Burrett

Kahoot - 55 views

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    This has got to be the funkiest instant poll, quiz, response site around. Create questions, quizzes and polls with optional uploaded images for participants to complete in real time from a computer or mobile device. The users access the quiz by using a pin code. The 'question master' gets the data back instantly and it is stored on the site or can be downloaded. This is superb for checking the knowledge of children in your class or that your audience is still awake.
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    I tried this recently and it was pretty great. The class was engaged, and I got some very good information about what they knew and did not know. Students commented things like, "Can we do this again?" and "We should do this every day."
Matt Renwick

How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading T... - 51 views

  • read extensively within instruction
  • read increasing amounts of text without guidance or support.
  • rich in content and sufficiently challenging
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  • explain their answers and provide text evidence
  • writing about text, not just in replying to multiple-choice questions.
My name is Ron Hyde

Rock That Assessment - ("Thrift Shop" Parody) - YouTube - 190 views

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    Some teachers and I put this together to motivate our classes for upcoming assessments. The response has been very positive so I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy
tab_ras

Crib Sheets Help Students Prioritize and Organize Course Content | Faculty Focus - 66 views

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    A brief analysis of how crib sheets help review and can assist in the learning process
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Problem-Attic - An Easy Way to Create Review Tests - 0 views

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    Easily create review tests or flashcards from NYS Regents exams or other state assessments. Free to join.
A Gardner

10 Reasons the Tests Are Lowering Our Standards « Cooperative Catalyst - 94 views

  • Kids will work hard to learn, because they are naturally curious.
  • extrinsic motivation
  • extrinsic motivation, it moves to economic norms, where they learn to do the least possible work for the highest results
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  • The test is longer than the Bar Exam or the MCATs. It’s insane
  • Students should be able to have instant feedback regarding how well they did.
  • two things vying for a student’s attention: the grade and the learning
  • Risk Aversion: Learning involves taking risks.
  • same myopic view of success
tab_ras

Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say - NYTimes.com - 64 views

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    Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.
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    The problem is that it is "testing research" that uses testing to measure learning. This is always a proxy for learning and notoriously unreliable. I'm hoping to see the report when it is actually published. Right now it is pre-publication.
Chai Reddy

Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say - NYTimes.com - 17 views

  • Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.
  • “I think that learning is all about retrieving, all about reconstructing our knowledge,” said the lead author, Jeffrey Karpicke, an assistant professor of psychology at Purdue University. “I think that we’re tapping into something fundamental about how the mind works when we talk about retrieval.”
Bob Calder

Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google... - 197 views

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    Requires a certain amount of "spreadsheet-fu," but still fairly easy.
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