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What Devices Can My Students Use to Take the PARCC Online Assessments?

by: Andrew Howard on May 13, 2014 3:15:00 PM

Can my student take the PARCC online assessment on this computer/tablet?

PARCC technology requirements informationIf your state adopted the PARCC online assessments as its Common Core-aligned testing means, there is a good chance you'll run into the above question. And let's be honest, ensuring that each student has access to an electronic device that can support the PARCC testing technology is no small task.

Read below the break to learn more about the specific PARCC technology requirements for testing devices and how can you ensure that your students’ devices (either school-owned or brought from home) meet these requirements.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Wowzers Available on Learnpads

by: Andrew Howard on May 13, 2014 7:21:16 AM

Learnpad

Great news for fans of mobile learning! We are excited to announce that the Wowzers mobile app is now available on Educational Resources' LearnPad tablets. rti_math_activities

LearnPad tablets are purpose-built for the classroom and are used by thousands of teachers across the US, UK, and Latin America. Those teachers can now easily download and install the Wowzers App for free from the LearnPad content store. We are big believers in mobile learning here a Wowzers, so we are always excited when our product becomes available to more mobile users.

Download the Wowzers App for Learnpad: If your school uses LearnPad tablets you can download the Wowzers App for Learnpad by clicking here.

Free Wowzers Trial: We're also offering a free 30 day trial to all Learnpad users. Click here to get access now.

 

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Topics: Press Releases

Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?

by: Andrew Howard on May 12, 2014 2:46:00 PM

In today's blog post, we wanted to take a quick look at the available PARCC online assessment practice and sample resources. 

Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_9.49.44_AMThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia developing Common Core-aligned assessments, has recently released updates to it's "sample items" and "task prototypes". 

  • Looking for Smarter Balanced practice resource information instead? Be sure to check out last week's blog post!

These free resources are designed to help both educators and students visualize and practice the basic scope and functionality of the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) interactions prior to the 2014-2015 assessment deadline.

Read below the break to learn where you can find the free PARCC resources and what value they provide to teachers and students practicing for the online tests.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

What is the Big Difference Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced?

by: Andrew Howard on May 12, 2014 7:13:00 AM

blended learning progress

We know that there are two different Common Core-aligned assessment consortia, but what exactly makes them different? In this blog post we review the key elements of Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments. What makes them similar? What makes them different? Read below the fold for more.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Free RTI Planning Guide

by: Andrew Howard on May 7, 2014 7:44:50 AM

ipad_math_appDo you know what RTI Means?

Of course you do. Everyone talks about it. But it's hard to pull off. 

RTI, or Response to Intervention, is a powerful tool when utilized properly. But how to educators assess students, then provide personalized interventions and still have time in the day to sleep?

We've created a new RTI Planning Guide for you and fellow educators to use to paln a successful intervention strategy.

Dowload this free E-Book to learn the proper RTI model for your students.

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Topics: RTI

Why a RTI Model may be a Perfect Fit for your CCSS Math Curriculum

by: Andrew Howard on May 6, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Looking through a strictly math-focused window, the process of ensuring that students stay on the path of needed understanding and achievement is paramount. Nearly every function of mathematics is a building block for more-advanced processes and concepts -- i.e. if a kid falls behind on his/her multiplication concepts, he/she will most likely be short sided on long division too, etc.

rti_model_imageThese knowledge setbacks can begin to snowball (for a ton of reasons in, and out of, your control), and before we know it, the student has fallen full grade-levels behind. As you and I know, the process of helping students "catch back up" can be extremely difficult, especially with limited time/resources and large class sizes.

But, let's not get all caught up in this bleak stuff. It's time for the good news! 

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Topics: RTI