Naiku Quick Tip: Creating Ordering Questions

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The ordering item type gives students a randomized list of items and asks them to unscramble them into the correct order. It is a very strong item because it engages students in a higher order thinking process than simple recall and respond type questions. To setup an ordering question in Naiku, create a new assessment and then add and ordered question. Then edit the ordered type with the directions and the list of terms you want students to organize. Be sure to write them in the correct order. Naiku will … Read More

Grading Projects and Presentations in Naiku

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Naiku is great for typical assessments that in the past were given with pencil and paper, bypass grading, and obtain meaningful data to inform instruction. There are ways to also get all of the data Naiku provides instantly for your projects and presentations as well! Here is an example. While I was teaching middle school mathematics, my students completed a fractal project on posters towards the beginning of the year. It was their first grade that was assessing something outside of the box of the typical mathematics assignments and the … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Setting Up Standards-Based Grading

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Aligning test questions with standards can be a great tool in understanding what students are truly learning. When standards are aligned to you test questions, Naiku provides valuable reports to help guide educators to the next step in their teaching and student learning process. To add standards to your test questions, either create the question or go to the editor of an already created question. To align this question with a particular standard, click the ‘edit’ button in the settings box on the left hand side of the screen (shown … Read More

New UI for Confidence, Tell-Me-More, and Calculator

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Your students will see something new today when they take an assessment on Naiku. After teacher feedback, we have updated the User Interface (UI) for the Tell Me More, Confidence, and Calculator features. These will still be on the right side of the screen, but will now be drop down menus and pop-out displays. Hovering over the Confidence icon will produce a drop down menu for students to rate their confidence just as they did before. The More and Calc icons, when clicked, will produce pop-out items for Tell Me More … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Constructing Better Constructed Response Items

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As a middle school math teacher, my go-to assessment item type was constructed response. I loved the item for its ability to be created quickly compared to thinking through multiple-choice answers and the freedom it gave me to get a better understanding of student learning and misconceptions. There are a few ways to customize the constructed-response item type in Naiku to make this item even more helpful. I’ll show three examples to demonstrate some of the ways you can upgrade your constructed-response items. BASIC QUESTION The first example (above) is the run-of-the-mill … Read More

I Am Naiku: Karla Sonnenberg

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Where I teach: ​Eastview High School, Apple Valley, MN When did you become a teacher and what did you teach: ​1995 ­ German, Social Studies, ACT Prep, Teacher Librarian, Instructional Technology Specialist What does being a teacher mean to you: ​By nature, I am a lifelong learner. I enjoy discovering new bits of information, technologies or skills. I teach because I love to share my knowledge. I don’t teach because it is a skill. I teach because it is how I relate my knowledge to others. It isn’t what I … Read More

Coach’s Corner: Student Expectations

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Coach’s Corner. Today we are going to look at student expectations for learning. As teachers, we have heard countless times that we are to have high expectations for students. The idea is simple. If we expect students to perform at a certain level, they will more likely than not meet those expectations. But how do we measure how students understand our expectations? More than that, Hattie (2009, 2012) notes that one of the most important parameters for the influence of student success was … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Search by Key Words and Standards

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One of my Education Professor’s in college told me that the best teachers are the best thieves. What he meant was we as teachers need to save our precious time and find and reuse other teacher’s materials instead of creating our own. So whether you are a Naiku pro or brand new, one of the most time saving options when creating a new assessment is to search for existing questions to populate your assessment. In the assessment creation window (Assessments -> Create -> New Assessment), on the right side of … Read More

PowerSchool Certifies Naiku Assessment Software

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PowerSchool, as part of their newly announced PowerSchool ISV Partner Badging System, has certified Naiku assessment software in all three areas of Single Sign On, Data Exchange, and User Experience for integration with PowerSchool. Naiku is one of just 15 software products, and the only assessment product, to have received certification badges. The complete press release can be read here: Naiku PowerSchool Certification PR Tweet

Teacher Team School Grant Profile – Bearden High School

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Bearden High School, part of Knox County Schools in Knoxville, TN, is a recent recipient of a Teacher Team School Grant. Bearden is an innovative high school with plans of creating a personal learning environment for their students, so that each student at every learning level may reach their full potential. Using the grant the school is implementing learner-centric common assessments as a way to engage and motivate students and provide teachers critical data on student proficiency and progress to aid in the creation of a personal learning environment. Read … Read More

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