GradeCam Plugin Update

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One of the great features of Naiku is the ability to transfer scores directly into your gradebook. If you’re currently using one of your Function keys to do this score transfer (via the GradeCam plugin), please update to the latest version of the GradeCam plugin (2.0.2.10). You can find the latest version (released on November 2) here: https://downloads.gradecam.com/ Read More

Naiku Spotlight: Grandville HS Takes PSAT Practice Test on Naiku

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Grandville High School, located on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been using Naiku since the start of this school year. In addition to their regular classroom assessments, Principal Chris Vanderslice wanted to look for ways to gather meaningful data to better prepare his students for the state mandated PSAT test. He also wanted to create opportunities for his 9th and 10th grade students to practice before they took the PSAT. With just over 2,000 students in the high school, giving a practice test to all students is … Read More

Quick Tip: Requiring Access Codes

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One question we have had from teachers revolves around the idea of making a test more secure so that students are not able to take tests from home if they are absent or see a test before or after a class period if the test is still open. To help with this, Naiku has created an feature that require students to enter a code before they can take the test. To activate requiring an access code for testing, go to the main (master) test and edit it. Click on Actions and choose … Read More

Quick Tip: Twitter Chats

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Twitter: When I first heard about it, I thought it was Facebook in 140 characters or less. But then I recognized the immense power in using Twitter for professional development. Thousands of educators use Twitter to post interesting blogs they have read, share lesson plans, and discuss hot topics in education. That’s right! Discuss. Twitter Chats are opportunities for educators to engage with others from around the world or across the street to discuss and share ideas and resources on particular topics. Some of the larger groups include: #edchat: One … Read More

Improving Teacher-Developed Assessments and Items

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While significant research supports the use of frequent formative classroom assessment to aid teaching and learning, teachers often lack appropriate training to adequately develop and evaluate the quality of their assessments and items. In this white paper, Dr. Nhouyvanisvong offers guidance on how to create test blueprints, write cognitively rigorous items, and improve the items based on judgmental review and on item and test statistics. Tweet

Moving Beyond Multiple Choice Items for Effective Classroom Assessment

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Educators know that multiple choice tests can be limiting, but knowing how, and when, to move beyond multiple choice for effective classroom assessment within time and other constraints can be challenging. In this free white paper, Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong offers guidance on how to effectively engage students and obtain a better understanding of student knowledge through better assessment. He outlines item writing guidelines, methods for assessing student knowledge beyond multiple choice, and offers guidance with specific examples to create effective everyday classroom assessment using a variety of question item types Download … Read More

Coach’s Corner: Creating Strong Teacher Teams

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Writer and business manager Patrick Lencioni notes that “great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” Teaching can often feel like an individual sport. As leaders in our classroom, we need the support of the other teachers around us both emotionally and professionally. Teams of teachers who are able to share their work  and get feedback grow and teach better. There is no surprise to that and no … Read More

Quick Tip: Sorting Questions

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The following questions are very similar, yet one provides a much richer assessment question: T/F: Germany was a part of the Allies during WWII. Sort the following countries by their allegiance during WWII. Sorting is a skill that demands a higher order meta-cognitive response than a true/false or multiple choice question and also allows for more connections to be made increasing long-term learning. Naiku allows teachers to create this question type through it’s ordered item type. From a new assessment screen. Create a new ordered item type. To change the … Read More

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