Monday, September 17, 2012
Last week during professional development teachers were asked to share new technology they were using since our building became a 1 to 1 school. One of the math teachers shared ThatQuiz for Teachers. She stated that she was using it for assessment in her upper level math classes. I was happy to discover that the site included all levels of math and allowed for targeted instruction. The site allows the teacher to determine whether the assessment wil be graded or practice and whether the correct answers will be provided immediately after an incorrect response. For example, I set up a practice test that focuses on distributive property and like terms for a student who struggles with these two concepts. The difficulty levels vary greatly and there are test available in other subjects as well as the ability to create your own.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
In August I received a Teacher Questionnaire from Social Security Administration for the purpose of determining eligibility for a student that would soon be exiting special education services. The survey requested that the student be compared to same age peers. While faxing the survey along with all the other requested documents I thought about how more efficient it would be to convert the survey to a google doc form. The actual survey requests frequency data and narrative responses in addition to a likert scale rating of 53 activities. I have completed the conversion of the 53 activities. I think this version of the Teacher Questionnaire can be used to identify needed specialized services, enhance collaboration through dialogue and be used to measure the effectiveness of services. Please make a copy.