Ordered Item Columns

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Today, we’re also pleased to announce that we have extended the functionality to the Ordered Item type in Naiku. See our previous announcement on Ordered items. Now, you can add multiple columns to this item type. This allows you to ask students to drag and drop options into multiple columns. For example, you can now ask students to group animals and plants or to sort numbers by multiple of 5 and 7. Here’s a screenshot of how to create an ordered item with two columns. Note that for each column, you have … Read More

Embedded Video

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Today, we are happy to announce that Naiku has now added the ability for teachers to embed videos into their assessment items. Embedding a video is simply taking a video from a third party website and displaying it for students to watch right in a Naiku assessment. This is a great feature because it allows students to stay focused on their test screen rather than having navigate to another website to watch the video. To embed a video into a question, first, open your web browser and navigate to the … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Adding an Image to Multiple Questions

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Did you know that you can attach an image or diagram and use that same image for multiple questions? Quick Tip: Sometimes, it’s necessary to use one image or diagram to answer multiple questions on an assessment.  There are many ways that we can use this feature in your future assessments.  It can be especially useful for Science assessments.  This feature can be used to identify parts of a diagram, as shown below, or even as a reference for the periodic table. To add an image to a group of … Read More

I Am Naiku: Beth Allison

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When did you become a teacher and what did you teach:  I have been in education for 29 years.  I was a high school math teacher for 22 years, an 8th grade math teacher for 1 year, and for the last 6 years a math instructional coach. What does being a teacher mean to you:  As a classroom teacher it was my job to improve the math skills of students as well as confidence in their math ability, which would serve them the rest of their lives.  As a math instructional coach I … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Leaving Student Feedback

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Did you know that you can leave students feedback for each of your assessments? Quick Tip: Teacher feedback is an extremely valuable learning tool for students. For each assessment, make it a habit to provide meaningful feedback to your students. When students read your feedback, they have the option to respond to it and give you feedback. This is a great way for you to engage with students and build that vital teacher-student relationship. In order for feedback to be meaningful, it is important to provide a clear and understandable … Read More

I am Naiku: Catherine Ford

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Name: Catherine Ford What I teach: Regular and Essentials Communications 9, InverPrep (partnership with Inver Hills Community College) Where I teach: Simley High School Why I teach:  I teach because I am passionate about education and working with students as they transition into and out of high school. I want to make a difference in the lives of students. Challenges I face as a teacher: It is challenging to find time to do it all.  We have many demands both in and out of the classroom. Especially after being exposed … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Adding Images to a Question

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Did you know that you can add images or diagrams to a question and its answer choices?   Quick Tip: In some instances, images or diagrams can be an important tool in assessing a student’s knowledge.  Within an assessment, images can be added to a particular question or answer choice.  Let’s take a look at how we can add these images. To add images to an individual question, on the question creation page, select the “Attachments” button.  An image can be added to both the stem, and/or each individual answer … Read More

Student Prediction

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As teachers, we know that student expectations play an important role in student learning. It is important for students to set appropriately high and challenging goals. And it is our task as teachers to help each and every student meet or exceed those expectations. One quick and effective way for teachers to get a better understanding of what expectations students have set for themselves is to ask them to predict their performance on an assessment. In fact, researchers have found that student expectations (i.e., getting students to self-report or predict … Read More

Ordered Item Type

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Today, we’re pleased to announce that we have added the Ordered Item type to Naiku. An ordered item is a technology enhanced item (TEI) type that requires students to do more than select a response as an answer. Students interact with the item by selecting and dragging options up or down into the desired sequence. This is a great item type that engages students and allows teachers to assess higher-order thinking skills. The screenshot below shows how you can create an Ordered Item in Naiku. The item creation form should … Read More

I am Naiku: Susan Semmler

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Name: Susan Semmler What I Teach: Information and Technology Integration Specialist (Biology) Where I Teach: Rosemount High School Why I Teach: I teach because I want to help kids discover more about their world. I love learning and hope to help students find their own passions. Challenges I Face as a Teacher: The biggest challenge is to make meaningful connections with students in these fast pace information-packed, and highly-populated classrooms. Role that technology plays in my teaching: Technology has allowed me to help students, without the loudest voices, make an … Read More

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