Viewing PDF and Word Tests in Naiku

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We’ve heard from many teachers expressing their desire to allow students to see the test questions in Naiku when they upload their PDF or Word test to a Quick Key assessment.   We’re happy to report that now you can. When you upload a PDF or Word file of your test to your Quick Key assessment, you will now have the option to display that PDF or Word document directly to students in Naiku.   Read this support article to find more about this new feature and for a step-by-step … Read More

I am Naiku: Scott Dobel

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Do you teach carpentry? Perhaps cabinet making? Or CAD? Or another industrial tech classes? In this week’s “I am Naiku” profile, Scott Dobel from Central Springs High School in Manly, IA shares how he has begun to use Naiku in his Industrial Tech classes. The challenges he’s faced when giving tests are unlike what all teachers face. See how’s overcome those challenges with Naiku.   My Name: Scott Dobel   What I Teach: I teach High School Industrial Technology. I teach courses in carpentry, cabinet making, CAD, and industrial technology. … Read More

Don’t Forget the Students

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Teachers and readers of this blog are well aware of the power of formative assessment. As Black and Wiliam have summarized, formative assessment is one of the most effective instructional strategies ever. Popham (2009) provides this clear and concise definition of formative assessment: “Formative assessment is not a test. Rather, it is an ongoing process in which teachers use test-elicited evidence to adjust their instruction or students use it to adjust their learning tactics.” I like this definition of formative assessment because it reminds us that for formative assessment to … Read More

Next Generation Classroom Assessment with the SAMR Model

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The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) Model has rightfully been receiving a lot of attention from school districts as they implement tablets and other edtech devices in the classroom.  The model suggests a progression for adoption of technology, and we’ve received requests from educators for recommendations on how they could apply the SAMR model as they introduce next generation assessment.  The following represents some basic steps for consideration; educators interested in trying these suggested examples in the classroom can use Naiku via a free trial by signing up here.   … Read More

I am Naiku: Barb Schellinger

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In this week’s “I am Naiku” profile, Barb Schellinger from Forest Lake High School shares how she uses Naiku in her Family and Consumer Sciences classes.   My Name: Bar Schellinger   Why I teach: After working 20 years in the business world, I followed my dream of being a teacher.   What I teach: Family and Consumer Sciences   How long I’ve taught: 14 years   Challenges I Face When Giving Tests: Wishing everyone was in attendance the day before during the review.   How I Gave Tests Before Naiku: Predominately computer … Read More

I am Naiku: Amy Kangas

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In this week’s “I am Naiku” profile, Amy Kangas from Hampton Dumont High School in Iowa shares how she uses Naiku in her Spanish classes. Being a language teacher, Amy gives a lot of vocabulary tests. Below, she shares tips on how to prevent students from Googling or using technology to look up or translate a word.   My Name: Amy Hamilton Kangas   Why I teach: I teach because, I enjoy learning and have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. How does it work? Why does it work that way? Is there … Read More

Importing Tests from .txt Format

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Did you know that you can import tests created or saved as text (.txt) files into Naiku?   If you’re a user of QUIA, you can export those tests as a text file. Then you can import those into Naiku. Alternatively, you can create the test directly in a text editor and import that into Naiku. Just follow the simple instructions on this support page. You’ll see a sample file to help you get started. http://support.naiku.net/customer/portal/articles/1355862-importing-a-test-in-text-quia-format   Let us know how this new import format works for you.   Tweet

Quick Tip: Importing CSV Files

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Quick Tip: Did you know that you can import tests created in .csv format?   Not only can you import exams from ExamView, Test Generator, and Blackboard format, you can also import a test that has been saved in CSV format. These are simple text files that can be created in most spreadsheet applications or text editors. Read this support page to learn more about importing tests in .csv format into Naiku.   Tweet

Naiku releases Reading Comprehension assessments with BenchmarkNow!

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Naiku announced today the release of Reading Comprehension assessments for BenchmarkNow!, a web based application for teachers to quickly measure student proficiency in Common Core States Standards. Naiku is providing BenchmarkNow! as a free resource for teachers, and now includes ready-to-use assessments to measure student math and reading comprehension knowledge in grades 3-12. Download the full press release here: Naiku Benchmark Now w-Reading PR Tweet

Reading Tests: Passages and Questions

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It’s now easier than ever to create and deliver reading tests in Naiku to your students. Now, you can create reading passages and items and have them display side-by-side.   Follow these easy steps to create your next reading test.   1. Create Assessment Click on the Assessments tab at the top. Then under Create, select New Assessment. 2. Create Passage  Under New Item, select Passage and subitems. This will bring up the page to create your passage. Simply copy the text from you source file and paste it into … Read More

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