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Compiled by an education student:
- Easier and quicker access to information at any time and on any device for parents, students, teachers and administrators.
- Less paper work and filing for teachers and staff. Giving more time spent on instruction and planning.
- Most gradebooks or programs will allow you to import data, so organization is done for you.
- Easier to keep track of data and monitoring.
- Saves space (No need for file cabinets). Electronic data can be stored on servers, disk-drives, or USB drives.
- Access to data can be infiltrated by hackers or viruses.
- Data has to be backed up by either a hard copy or stored on other type of media in case of viruses or when the storage system goes down.
- Technology may not always work properly or be available when you need it (loss of internet connection).
- Staff must be trained in using software so that they can access the information in order to do their jobs.
- Not everyone has an internet connection to be able to access student data.
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One example of formative assessments and technology is using Snapshot for Edmodo. Snapshot allows you to develop various questions that go along with common core standards to help assess students’ knowledge.
- You can also use Google Forms/Docs to create online quizzes, and then download Flubaroo along with it to grade the quizzes, display results in a spread sheet, and create grade reports.
- Clickers: Give each student a clicker and student response system and integrate with various other programs, like study island, to have individual students or groups answer various questions.
- Create online blogs in your virtual classrooms (like Google Classrom) where students can log on using their personal/school devices, and have students post a comment on a blog about a topic, answer a discussion topic, or complete a quick quiz.
- You can also use Infinite Campus and other online grade books to create teacher generated tests. The test questions can be aligned/associated with different standards, and the teacher can assign the quiz/assessment as an assignment. Students then log into their student portal to complete the quiz/assessment, and then they are automatically graded and imported into the grade book.
- One last thing that I though sounded cool was have students text their answers to a quick quiz to a site like Wfitti athttp://goo.gl/wrxOC
Source: Wees, David. (2012). 56 Examples of Formative Assessment. Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/groups/assessment/250941
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October 24, 2014
There are tons and tons of online gradebooks. Here are a few that we found and a short description of them:
- ENGRADE - https://www.engrade.com/ – A free online gradebook that has options for teacher, parents, and students to store data, keep track of grades and attendance, and more.
- LEARNBOOST - https://www.learnboost.com/ – A free online gradebook that doe the same thing as engrade, but allows for integration of Google Docs for easier downloading, communicating, and more.
- TURNITIN- http://turnitin.com/ -This gradebook helps instructors have better interactions with students by providing richer feedback on their work—supporting student learning across the curriculum.
- HAIKU LEARNING- http://www.haikulearning.com/ -(standards-based gradebook) This gradebook helps you define key learning goals for your classroom and measure student success against those goals.
- MOODLE- http://moodle.com/ – This grade- book helps educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content.
- BLACKBOARD – http://www.blackboard.com/ – Their goal is to make learning more desirable, accessible, and meaningful for learners. They have a shared sense of purpose with teachers, administrators and leaders at all levels that are working to improve outcomes for learners.
Gradebooks are not only handy to store grades, but they also store assessment items, such as-
- Benchmark tests
- Rubric grading
- Class Exams
- Homework Assignments
- Student Behavior Logs
- Grade Reports
- Grades for completed work
- Midterms/ Finals
- Anecdotal Records
- Online Responses
- Class assignments
There are many ways to use the data stored with the online gradebooks. These are the ways we came up with:
- Attendance – class and daily attendance
- Gradebook – storing assignment grades
- Lesson plans – plans for what to do for the day based on grades, attendance, and behavior records
- Calendar tools – create effective syllabi for all classes
- Seating chart – keeps track of where everyone is seating or has sat
- Assignments – keeps track of assignments to give and assignments turned in
- Class analytics – keeps track of the class dynamics
- Teacher feedback – allows for the student to receive feedback on work and allows them to improve
- Developing improvement plans for students based on grades, attendance, and behavior records.
- Developing lesson plans based on grades, attendance, and behavior records.
There are a lot of tools a teacher can use to stay organized. One of these tools are Excel spreadsheets, which allows for the collection and aggregation of data. Some examples of this is as follows:
- You can have the names of each child and put check marks next to their name to show if they got objectives or not
- You can use it to show progress of test scores on unit such as times tables
- You can use it to see how has volunteered and who hasn’t
- You can use a checklist of all the student’s names to check their bell ringers or exit slips.
- You can use a list to keep track of student progress as they do formative assessments.
- You can use a list with their names to keep track of which students you have called on to answer questions to make sure that everyone has a chance to contribute.
- You can use it to input grade data and find averages, means, medians, etc for analysis during the school year across the entire class or for individuals.
- You can use it as a daily record keeper of behavior and class participation.
- You can use it as a millstone/objective checker.
Technology can be used for many things in this day and age. One of these things are for formative assessments. Some examples of this are-
- You can use online polls that give immediate feedback on lesson/topic
- You can have kids post a response about the topic and test their comprehension
- You could have students use games or apps on technological device that tests their knowledge
- You could create a survey on google doc and see what they liked or what they understood
- The students could use Word and explain what they learned
- Bubble sheet: students can complete common assessment on apple devices.
- Smart board: students can respond to question from any device with internet.
- Socrative: game that you can play and track progress on smart devices.
- The Clicker: student response to questions that tracks progress electronically.
- Google Forms: create documents and send among classmates to collaborate.
- Have students post to a blog nightly about their homework/topic
- Have students create a how-to video on a topic and post to a class webpage
- Have students conduct a group discussion through an online forum
- Have students create a short answer question for their group and have them answer each others
Electronic storage of student data can be both positive and negative. Some pros of using electronic storage are-
- Students and parents are able to see student’s progress
- Immediate results on certain tests
- Can access grades anytime, anywhere
- Improves student performance because they can see the results immediately while the assessment is still fresh in mind
- Tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks on one device, plus homework, quizzes, and other files, eliminating the need for physical storage of books and classroom materials.
- Print textbooks are heavy and cause injuries, while a tablet only weighs 1-2 pounds.
- Tablets lower the amount of paper teachers have to print for handouts and assignments, helping to save the environment and money.
- Do not have to worry about the storage devices failing or being lost
- Teachers have multiple locations of material and grades for access
- Teachers are able to update the grade-books easily
While there are a lot of pros, there are also cons for electronic storage. Some cons are-
- Online gradebooks may cost money
- Online gradebooks may be confusing to understand
- The average battery life of a tablet is 7.26 hours, shorter than the length of a school day.
- Many students do not have sufficient home internet bandwidth to use tablets.
- Tablets have too many distractions for classroom use.
- Cannot access if internet is disabled
- Can forget password