Posts Tagged: Naiku

Reliability Concerns for Classroom Formative Assessment

This week, I started teaching a course called Assessment: Theory and Practice to graduate students in the Leadership program at Saint Mary’s University. More than 70% of the students in the class are K-12 teachers. In a course like this, reliability and validity are of course big topics. In fact, next week’s class (5 hours of class time) will be spent on these two topics. So, I guess it’s the right time to return to these topics on this blog. My last blog post on this topic was on May … Read More


Turning Technologies + Naiku = Real-time Analytics for Every Classroom

We have had an exciting few weeks here at Naiku! You’ve probably already seen from our Twitter messages that we advanced to the semi-finalist round in the Minnesota Cup, the nation’s largest business competition as well as part of Project Skyway, a start-up accelerator in Minneapolis. While all of this was going on, we continued to work hard on lowering the barrier for teachers to use Naiku in their classroom. In addition to supporting desktops, laptops, netbooks, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Blackberry and Android, (as well as scanned paper tests), we now support … Read More


The Education Reformation

What do Johannes Gutenberg and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? Gutenberg was the inventor of the printing press in the 15th century. This marked a major transformation in how people received information. Printed newspapers, books, and other materials became the basis for future communication. Zuckerberg brought us Facebook in 2004. Over the past few years, social networking has forever changed the way we communicate and engage with others. Today, the internet and associated technologies far surpass print as the dominate method of communication. The popularity of social networking is a … Read More


The Achievement Gap (or Proficiency Trap?): Part 1

This is a guest blog from Takeshi Terada. Takeshi’s interests are in educational policy and assessment. He is particularly interested in data-driven educational evaluation, policy-making & analysis, and decision-making systems in K-12 education that apply both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, mostly using assessment test scores. Takeshi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and can be reached at tera0026@umn.edu. Key Challenge in K-12 Education The achievement gap remains one of the key challenges in U.S. education. Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, most … Read More


What is Naiku?

Since I started telling people that I founded Naiku with Corey and Kevin, the first thing people always ask is “What’s Naiku?” I’m always happy to tell them that naiku means “teacher” in Lao. I’m originally from Laos, and am always proud to talk to people about this small nation in southeast Asia. My parents moved my family to the US in 1980, of course in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter. It was quite a shock to go from a warm tropical climate of Laos to the frozen … Read More


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