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What Devices Can Students Use to Take the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

by: Andrew Howard on Apr 15, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Smarter Balanced Device Requirements imageWith the beginning of the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced (SBAC) field test just days away, we wanted to put this quick guide together to help educators identify if their school/classroom's devices (or students' devices, in a BYOD setting) are SBAC online assessment compatible.

Read below the break to learn more about the specific Smarter Balanced technology requirements for testing devices and how to ensure that your students’ devices meet the requirements.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Free E-Book: Are Your Devices PARCC-Compliant?

by: Andrew Howard on Apr 13, 2014 4:06:00 PM

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

PARCC technology requirements informationThere's a lot of confusion about what devices students can use to take the PARCC assessment. That's why we created this E-Book: To help educators prepare for the PARCC Assessment.

This eBook details everything you need to know to make sure your school's devices are PARCC-Compatible, including

  • Information about tablets, screen size, and operating system;
  • Requirements, including keyboards and other accesiblity concerns.

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Topics: Common Core Assessments

Wowzers Releases Independent Evaluations

by: Andrew Howard on Apr 13, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Wowzers Students Improve Test Scores

Results from Two Independent Evaluations Released Today

University of Memphis study image

Today, we're releasing two independent evaluations. Both were completed by university researchers. One of the programs was a blended learning program during the school day. The other program was a tiered intervention program.

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Topics: Blended Learning

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

by: Zack Blois on Apr 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 Devices Can My Students Use to Take the PARCC Online Assessments?

by: Andrew Howard on Apr 11, 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

7 Promising Blended Learning Stats to Share with Your Administrators

by: Andrew Howard on Apr 11, 2014 3:00:00 PM

blended learning progress"I'd love to give my students a chance to blog everyday, learn via fun online content/resources, and maybe even set up a flipped classroom model. But, I am having trouble getting my administrators on board…"

Does that sound like you? If so, this blog post may be just the thing you need to get blended learning's "foot-in-the-door" for your classroom.

But, if your principals and administrators are skeptical about the viability of blended learning or are just reluctant to go away from “traditional” instruction, the “educational technology is really cool and fun” argument is not going to cut it. You need to show how blended learning will help you foster a legitimate positive impact on student progress.

Below are seven promising statistics you can share with your administration that showcase the positive influence blending learning efforts can have on your students' progress and achievement!

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Topics: Blended Learning