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A Three Dimensional Learning Task

In many recent projects, we have taken on the challenge of developing three-dimensional learning tasks and lessons. We often start with a close reading of the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). The instructional designers then meet with subject matter experts to design a task with learning outcomes that measure specific performance expectations. In the example below,…

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Automated Invisible Assessment with metacog

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The Problem: Open-ended Tasks Are Underutilized We have been blogging about performance tasks for several years. One thing we have heard many times from publishers and educators alike: “I’d use performance tasks more often if I didn’t have to score them.”

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5 Keys to Visual Literacy

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When we develop digital solutions at Victory, we want the end user to experience visuals as intuitively as possible. Because space is always at a premium, visuals and text are equally important. The visuals need to immediately convey information and tell an extended story. When used well, they not only save space on the page (a…

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Skate Park Performance Task

We have become proficient at developing performance tasks closely aligned to NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Of course, a good performance task aligns to standards across multiple disciplines. The following task was developed for middle grades and for these learning goals. Please watch the video and then try the performance task. We’d love to hear…

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What’s Next? Part 4: NextGen Digital Experiences

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This is the fourth in our series of posts about the changing landscape in education. In the video below, our Director of Digital Solutions, Michael Rogers, discusses what’s next in digital development. I’ve added a few more insights below.

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metacog Partners with PhET Interactive Simulations

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A lot of education companies are putting data analytics to work, because the first step in improving student outcomes is to see where students are. All Data Analytics Were Not Created Equal But you can only get so much from information collected outside the activities. That kind of data is like taking student attendance —…

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metacog Releases Automated Real-time Rubric-based Scoring API

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Victory’s spinoff metacog just released its advanced scoring analytics API at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia. See the press release here, and feel free to share it with your colleagues. Why Assessment Has Changed Assessments have been evolving rapidly, mostly due to these factors: The new standards (Common Core and Next Generation Science) focus on practices…

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What’s Next? Part 2: Curriculum

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In this video, Victory’s editorial directors for STEM and ELA/Social Studies discuss what’s new and what’s next in curriculum development. Below are links to resources alluded to in the discussion. It has always been true that technological advances change education. Here we examine more deeply why these changes take place and discuss (in historical context) how…

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Design: The Secret Behind Effective Digital Learning Experiences – Part 1

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The emerging world of simulations and game-based learning is gaining traction with students, teachers, and designers of digital learning environments. Why?

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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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