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EduGames for Developing Mathematical Practices

A little while ago we posted about using a game-like simulation for authentic assessment. We used a different approach with Drop Zone, a two-person EduGame Victory developed for the NCTM Calculation Nation web site. Here there’s no pretense of authenticity; the goal is simply to make adding fractions fun (and develop CCSS Mathematical Practices). Please watch this…

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EdTech Tip: Image Search

Did You Know… …you can drop an image into a search box and find that image on the Internet? Image Search is a powerful tool in EdTech. Here are a few of your options: https://www.google.com/imghp  To get here fast, google “Image.” Not surprisingly, Google Images comes up as the first link. TIP: If Chrome is your browser of choice, save time by right-clicking…

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Test Drive a Science CEPA (Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessment)

We continue to explore the changing landscape in STEM assessment. This 5-minute video gives a whirlwind tour of our prototype Science CEPA (Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessment).

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STEM Assessment Landscape

In this video, two of our content experts share their thoughts on the changing landscape in STEM assessment.

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Talking to the Test: Rigor & Depth of Knowledge

Help us take the pulse of the education industry! Please click one radio button in the poll question. After submitting, you can see how other educators have responded. Rigor is a concept that both Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards have brought into the spotlight. This brief video reviews the basics of Depth…

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Technology-Enhanced Item (TEI) for Grade 1

When I was executive editor of Weekly Reader, I was often struck by how challenging it was to put together a weekly magazine for the lowest grades. Now, we faced similar challenges in developing a technology enhanced item (TEI) for first graders. They may be digital natives, but they are still 6 years old. If you have been following…

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Games in Education to Assess Career Readiness

Using games in education may be the best way to assess career readiness. That may seem ironic, given that games are inherently based in fantasy. The video below shows the blended approach we used with EconLab, a game-like simulation. While the EconLab is instructional, the bulk of the learning takes place within the Economics and Personal Finance…

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Test Drive a CEPA (Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessment)

We have been getting requests to develop Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs). When assessment is outside the flow of instruction, it can feel forced and unwelcome to students. CEPAs are designed to remedy this situation. We invite you to view this 3-minute video describing our prototype CEPA for ELA/Social Studies.

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EdTech: Long-Term Convergences

As we leap ahead in the EdTech era, we wanted to look back a moment and put EdTech in perspective. This video explains three long-term convergences we see: convergence of content and interactivity through technology; convergence of what had been isolated “silos” of curriculum; and convergence of instruction and assessment, which had been distinct phases of the education process.

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Writing TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item)

Here is another TEI (technology-enhanced item) Victory has developed for English language arts. We are trying to push the envelope on interactivity, but we need to keep within the framework of the PARCC and SBAC assessments that students will soon encounter. Please take 2 minutes to watch the video; then play with the prototype Writing TEI here.

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