Autobuild Feature

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Quick Tip: Build tests even quicker now with Naiku’s new autobuild feature. The autobuild feature allows you to quickly create tests by having Naiku automatically suggest and add items for you based your search criteria. Below are the steps I used to create Pythagorean Theorem quiz with 10 questions. Step 1: Create a new assessment and search for items. Step 2: Select the search criteria and search for items In this example, I am typing in “pythagorean” into the stem filter. This will give me all of the questions that … Read More

Naiku announces BenchmarkNow!

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Naiku announced today the release of BenchmarkNow!. BenchmarkNow! contains professionally developed and ready-to-use benchmark assessments in ELA and Math covering grades 3 – high school. Test questions include a variety of item types, including technology-enhanced, and are aligned to Common Core State Standards. With autoscoring and immediate, standards aligned reporting, teachers and administrative staff can quickly view student readiness for state tests. BenchmarkNow! is designed to be very easy to adopt and use. No training or account setup is required, and schools purchase on a per student/test basis, paying for … Read More

Naiku announces 2016 Teacher Team School Grants

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Naiku announced today the opening of the Spring 2016 Teacher Team School Grant program. The program is designed to support PLCs / Teacher Data Teams in the use of next generation assessment tools and instructional strategies. Schools interested in the use of common formative assessment, interim benchmark assessment, and learner-centric assessment to help inform and differentiate instruction and engage students for personalized learning are encouraged to apply at www.naiku.net/grants. The complete press release can be viewed here: Naiku Teacher Team School Grants – Spring 2016 PR Tweet

I Am Naiku: Stephen Blan

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Teacher: Stephen Blan Position: 6th Grade History Teacher Introduction: Stephen Blan is a 6th Grade History teacher at Kerr Middle School near Fort Worth, Texas. The school serves 1,100 students in grades 6-8. He and one of his colleagues were awarded a Naiku Team Teacher Grant this past fall. Below are some of his experiences using Naiku. “Our sixth grade social studies team has used Naiku for this school year. I first heard about Naiku at TCEA, the Texas Computer Educators Conference. I attended a session with them and was … Read More

Quick Tip: Adding Audio Files

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Do you teach a world languages class and want to assess your students’ ability to listen to and comprehend a conversation? Or perhaps you teach music or choir and want to assess your students’ ability to listen to and identify notes. Now, you can do that easier than ever in Naiku. In the short quick tip video below, I show how teachers can easily embed audio files into their test questions. As always, I appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future Quick Tips. Adding Audio to Naiku from Naiku on … Read More

Quick Tip: Inline Multiple Choice Items

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This week we introduced a new addition to our Multiple Choice Item Type. We have gotten a few questions about updating our multiple choice item to allow for inline options. Below is the process for this new improvement to the MC item type. To insert an inline MC question, write your question in the same way you would write a constructed response question by inserting three underscore’s in the stem where you want the blank to be. After that is done, finish adding the information you would like to be … Read More

Assessment and Item Writing Seminar for Classroom Teachers

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This seminar, co-sponsored by Clear Lake Community School District, is appropriate for K-12 teachers who want to create quality assessments and items in order to get meaningful and actionable results from their classroom assessment practice. The agenda includes a brief introduction to assessment theory and best practices, item writing guidelines, activities to identify and create “good” and “bad” items, and the opportunity to interact with teachers from a range of grades and subject areas. The seminar is intended to benefit all teachers desiring to improve their assessment and item writing; … Read More

Quick Tip: Naiku Options

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I am often asked to explain all of the various features/options that are available in Naiku. Rather than list and explain of these these options, I opted to do a quick tip video for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think of this video and if you’d like to see more quick tip videos. If you have any questions, check out our support page at support.naiku.net or email us at support@naiku.net   [vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]https://vimeo.com/147760504[/vimeo]   Naiku Quick Tip is a weekly blog by Naiku Teacher Support Representative Colin Schild, … Read More

Naiku named as “Reader’s Choice Top Product”

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Naiku was again selected by District Administration magazine as a “Reader’s Choice Top Product” for 2015, following a 2014 selection. Winners were compiled from over 2,100 nominations and endorsements from district administrators received in 2015 and were announced in the magazine’s December issue.  See the complete press release here: Naiku DA Top 100 2015 PR Tweet

Quick Tip: New Assign Test UI

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We recently rolled out a new user-interface (UI) for assigning assessments to classes. The changes were prompted by teachers and administrators looking for a more intuitive way to assign an assessment to multiple classes. Read More

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