Teacher Self-Evaluation

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Naiku Coach’s corner. Today let’s discuss end-of-year teacher self-evaluation. Unlike most professions, teachers get to start with a clean slate from year to year. Reflecting on the previous school year can be a great way to find out what worked, and what didn’t work. These year-to-year reflections can help fine tune your practice for years to come. This week, I offer 3 ways to help teachers effectively evaluate their teaching. Students’ feedback on teaching:  Students’ view of their learning experience in class is often the most … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Using An Access Code To Take An Assessment

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Did you know that students can login to an assessment using an access code? At times it can be difficult for students to remember login information, especially those young elementary students. This can be a bit of a distraction when it’s time to take an assessment using Naiku. Fortunately, Naiku allows students to access an assessment using a unique “Access Code” for that particular test. First, assign the assessment to the class that you would like to take the assessment. Once the assessment is assigned to the class, the teacher will … Read More

Transferring Scores with Chrome

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Currently, there is an issue with the transfer of scores from Naiku into your grade book via the Chrome browser. This is due to a new feature with the latest Chrome browser. Our partners at GradeCam are working on a solution and should have one available shortly. In the meantime, there are two routes that you can take to transfer your scores: Enable NPAPI in Chrome: You can continue to to use Chrome to transfer your scores and scan your bubble sheets.  In order to do this, you will need to enable NPAPI in your … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Using Bubble Sheets

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Did you know that you can print bubble sheets and have students take a Naiku assessment using paper and pencil? On occasion, student’s forget their devices at home or bring their device in with no charge, making it difficult for students to take their assessments online.  For those instances, Naiku has made it easy and convenient to print out the assessment and a matching bubble sheet for student to take the assessment using pencil and paper. To print out a bubble sheet for an assessment created in Naiku, from the … Read More

Keeping Students Motivated

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Welcome back to this week’s edition of Naiku’s Coach’s Corner It is that time of year when standardized testing is looming or may have already passed for some. I have found that after standardized testing has passed, students become more chatty and restless. Much like teachers, students can feel the year coming to an end. With the school year shortly coming to a conclusion, as teachers, we have two big challenges ahead of us: keeping students motivated and making sure we successfully cover all of our standards or learning targets … Read More

T|H|E Journal features Naiku

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T|H|E Journal featured Naiku in the article 5 Tech Tools That Support Common Core State Standards.  In the article, Principal Steve Kwikkel discusses how his school uses Naiku for Common Formative Assessments, to assess and measure student progress on an everyday basis, and how it integrates with Infinite Campus. Tweet

Naiku Quick Tip: Transferring Results to Your Gradebook

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Did you know that you can transfer your results from Naiku directly into your gradebook? As we all know, entering scores into our online gradebooks can be a bit of a time consuming task. Naiku has streamlined that process by allowing educators to transfer scores directly from Naiku into your gradebook with the simple press of a button. To transfer grades into your gradebook, you first need to make sure that you have downloaded the GradeCam Plugin (this can be downloaded here) and have configured the settings for your gradebook transfer … Read More

Naiku Quick Tip: Randomizing Items and Answer Choices

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Did you know that you can randomize the the order of you test items as well as the answer choices within each item? Randomizing the order of your test items and answer choices can be a great asset to teachers who want to deter cheating while students are testing within Naiku. To randomize your test items and answer choices, from the assessment creation page, find the “Options” menu on the left side of the screen, shown in the screen shot below.  Here, you will find are a number of options … Read More

Importance of Summative Assessment

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Welcome back to this week’s edition of Naiku’s Coach’s Corner This week, I want to further discuss assessment, specifically summative assessment. The primary goal of  a summative assessment is to help us measure a student’s achievement at the end of a dedicated instructional period. For example, we aim to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a chapter, unit, etc. In most cases, summative assessment results are recorded as scores or grades that are then factored into our students’ academic record. Below, I discuss 2 other … Read More

Insight from Greg Wright in EdNET Insight

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EdNET Insight, from MDR, published an article written by Naiku CEO Greg Wright in their Voice From The Industry column. Mr. Wright provided his thoughts on “Being a Good EdTech Partner” where he offered his perspective on some of the unique challenges of responding to educator customers. In the article, he suggests that providing a product based fundamentally on educational research provides a more authentic platform to receive timely, specific, and actionable feedback from educator customers. This, coupled with processes for soliciting and acting upon feedback, increases the ability to … Read More

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