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 the screen is a green button titled “Search Items.” Here, you can search by any one of multiple parameters including key words and standards.
Key Words: The first box on the left is the place to look for key words that would show up in the stem of a question. For example, if I wanted to find some questions on the Pythagorean Theorem, I could search for “Pythagorean” in the Stem box and would get a list of all the questions that included the word “Pythagorean” in the question title. This is great place to start when creating a new assessment.
Standards: However, many questions that would require the use of the Pythagorean Theorem in order to find the lengths of the sides of a right triangle do not have the word “Pythagorean” in the question. Is there a way to still search for questions that require this? The answer is yes! You can do so in the “Search for a standard by ID or description” box. If I knew the standard associated with this concept, I could just enter the exact standard and find questions associated with that standard. Or, I could type in “Pythagorean” into the standards box and then chose the standard that fits from the drop down results.
Remember that after you have entered in your filters and hit search, you can click on the small box to the left of the questions to add them to your assessment.
Naiku Quick Tip is a weekly blog by Naiku’s Teacher Support Representative Mr. Colin Schild, who taught mathematics for grades 5-8 for the past four years. Colin now works to help teachers create more effective and efficient classroom assessment practices. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.Posted on