Jan 202014

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Here’s the plan for our session today. We’ll learn about:

  • Presenting from the iPad – by controlling your desktop or by displaying your iPad screen on the projector
  • Screencasting – creating learning objects with some cool interactive white board type apps
  • Creating rich media projects like narrated slide shows, picture- and full blown eBooks, and full movies.
  • Classroom quizzing and formative assessment with free web-based tools

You can download the presentation for our session today below:

Apps, links and resources for each area above:

Nov 272012

Online Testing

An online test should be easy to install, intuitive to use, cost-effective, and more powerful than a paper test. Working together, our test developers, computer scientists, and statisticians have designed a test delivery system that offers innovative, machine-scored items on fixed and adaptive forms.

Delivering Tests Online

Demo With little to no training, students can easily take AIR’s online tests.

Our efficient user interface enables students to clearly show what they know. Our usability feature, available to all students, reduces specific barriers for students with disabilities.

Simple, Effective Security Procedures

Video AIR’s test administrators (TA) workstation simplifies administration security tasks.

Through AIR’s TA workstation, authorized TAs can easily create and monitor test sessions and view and set test accommodation options. Authorized district personnel can also take immediate action in the event of security breaches.

Automated, Machine-Scored Constructed Response Items

Demo AIRs test developers and computer scientists are developing new ways to measure higher level skills on online tests.

Collaborations among mathematicians, content experts and computer scientists yield new ways to assess students’ ability to apply knowledge on computerized tests. AIRs patent-pending model supports rich, diverse and innovative types of items that cost no more than traditional items to develop.

May I introduce you to Utah’s new adaptive assessment system for both formative and summative assessments. Looks intriguing! I can’t wait to learn more about it.

See an article from the Salt Lake Tribune about this new system. You can also review the USOE Announcement of the new adaptive testing system from AIR.

Mar 132012

Socrative is a very intriguing new (to me, anyway) tool for formative assessment, quizzes, polls, and other classroom interactions that is easy to set up, easy for students to access, and best of all – free.

It is much more flexible and ready to use ‘on the fly’ than other services I’ve heavily endorsed before (Poll Everywhere) in that you can simply open up a multiple-choice or open-ended question for student responses without having to build the question first (Ever wanted to capture individual responses from an entire class on a UTIPS test/quiz in your classroom??)

Socrative has a great tool for building mixed multiple-choice and short answer question quizzes where the results are not displayed on the board (Teacher’s screen on projector) that can be teacher- or student-paced. The answers are collected, multiple coice questions are graded, and you can have the results downloaded in an Excel file, viewed as a Google Doc, or simply emailed to you.

You can also do True/False, quick Exit Tickets and a game called ‘Space Race’ with the system.

It’s certainly worth a look. Watch a quick video of how it works:

Aug 102011

Very cool – Flubaroo is a script that you can install for free if you are a Google Docs user will take a quiz or test created with a Google Form and grade it, summarize the results, chart the scores, and even email the students back with their scores.

The good news is that I have a Google Docs training tomorrow that I can demo this with. The bad news is that I have 28 minutes to put it together…. Start the clock!

Feb 162011

Today we’ll have a UTIPS Refresher training, with some special attention paid to Math teachers who at times need to use custom equations in their questions that, unfortunately, can’t be built within UTIPS anymore.

Let’s first start off here at my UTIPS Student Page: http://clint.utips.sedck12.org – head there and quickly take the short math quiz that I’ve prepared for you called Iron Math Test. We’ll use the data generated from your results to start our training with a review of the Reports area of your UTIPS accounts.

After the review of the basics (see attached document), we’ll show these teachers a few HTML formatting tips & tricks (see attached PDF document), how to use an Online Equation Editor/Generator, and how to use Wolfram Alpha to generate images of equation plots to use in their questions.