1. Were you trained in data and assessment?

    I’d like to think I’m pretty darn smart, particularly when I was having a conversation with a colleague and a couple of days later the Huffington Post covers a story on that very topic!  Maybe great minds think alike? The topic – are teacher credential programs preparing teachers for the type of work that is […]

  2. May 21, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #2 Week of May 21, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 2 will investigate the Classroom Manager as well as Assigning Probes using the Discovery Education Student Center. We will also explore how to get […]

  3. May 14, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #1 Week of May 14, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 1 will investigate Creating Items, as well as Building Probes using these items and the existing item bank. We will also highlight the opportunities […]

  4. Lists, Descriptions and Training Resources for Using Discovery Education resources

    Discovery Education has tons of resources, programs and applications for educators. How do you find it all and learn how to use them? The Discovery Educator Network and this blog is one way. Here are some more ways: Training Resources for Discovery Education Tools and Apps:  http://goo.gl/usJsd - lots of great resources, tips, help and more. […]

  5. Discovery Education Assessment Takes To The Road

    This spring, Discovery Education Assessment will host several workshops and school visits with various school districts across the country. Some of the events are targeted towards teachers, while others are targeted toward administrators. These events are held in partner schools and feature professional development sessions as well as prize giveaways and a ton of fun. We […]

  6. 25 Free Resources from Discovery Education

    25 Free Resources from Discovery Education 1. New Teacher Survival Central – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/survival/index.cfm 2. Curiosity – explore and learn a variety of topics – http://curiosity.discovery.com/ 3. Clip Art Gallery – free clip art – http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/?pID=clipart 4. Energy Balance 101 – get and keep students healthy – http://energybalance101.com/ 5. The Road Ahead – energy lessons and […]

  7. Data Collection Tip To Explore

    Looking for ways to make sure that all of your students can show what they know and can do on assignments, quizzes or probes you build within Discovery Education? As we try to collect reliable and actionable data from our students, we sometimes worry whether our items become a test of English language understanding rather […]

  8. Michigan, are you ready?!

    KZoo RESA logo

    Cheryl Lykowski is ready. Gina Loveless is ready. Scores of other passionate, technology-using educators are signed up and ready.The Discovery team is ready. I just landed in Kalamazoo, MI today so I am definitely ready! So, I hope you are ready and as excited as I am about the Day of Discovery happening this Saturday, February 18th! Attendees […]

  9. PhotoPeach Creates Interactive Assessments

    Last week at the FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference) I attended a session about online tools that can be used for assessment by Kyle Schutt.  Although I have used PhotoPeach before, I had forgotten that the program had the ability to create a quiz from your images.  This makes PhotoPeach a great assessment tool. Simply upload your photos to PhotoPeach.com, choose a […]

  10. Are You Headed to the Zoo?

    KZoo RESA logo

    Hello Everyone! February is here. That means we are only a couple of weeks away from our first 2012 MI Day of Discovery! If you have already made plans to attend the Kalamazoo DOD we look forward to seeing you there. If you have yet to sign up, please do so here: http://dodkzoo.eventbrite.com. The best […]

  11. New York Governor Encouraging Implementation of Evaluation Systems

    As discussed in a previous blog, “Educators ‘Score’ Evaluation Tactics Low,” New York state educators, administrators, and government officials are locking horns over the implementation of teacher evaluation systems that include student assessment results. The latest wave of activity featured a statement by state governor Andrew Cuomo that districts must adopt new evaluation systems or […]

  12. Florida Test C To Predict Student Proficiency On FCAT 2.0

    Just a note for our partners in the “Sunshine State.” The Florida Department of Education has formally set the new FCAT 2.0 state assessment achievement level cut scores. Since the predictions made by Discovery Education interim benchmark assessments are based on these decisions the Florida Test C interim benchmark will be a predictive measure of […]

  13. Making School Relevant for Students

    David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy (photo from victorisawesome.wordpress.com)   Today I overheard this comment by a student in one of my physics classes: “I like this class because I actually learn something real that I can use.” I was very happy to hear this.   I try to relate what I’m teaching and what students are doing to something […]

  14. Be The Future – STEM resource from the Science Channel

    by David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy   Be The Future is a STEM resource from the Science Channel, part of Discovery Communications, that provides information, resources, links, lesson resources, and more from a variety of sources, including Discovery Education.   It is a new science initiative to help get students interested and engaged in science subjects and careers. There […]

  15. Get Discovery Education Flash Content on your iPad

    by David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy     Discovery Education has a huge amount of great resources for educators, from videos to lesson plans to e-textbooks and more. Some of it is in Flash, so you can’t access it directly on your iOS device browser. However, iSwifter has partnered with Discovery Education to create Rover. Rover is an iPad […]

  16. Adobe Digital School Collection – supporting creativity and digital literacy

    by David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy     Adobe recently announced the release of the Adobe Digital School Collection (ADSC). This collection is a bundle of software for K-12 students and educators and is available for Windows and Mac OS.   Included in the bundle is Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe Premiere Elements 10 and Adobe Acrobat […]

  17. Students less than “proficient” in physical fitness

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    Thank you to all who have made my first month in the DEN so outstanding. My name is Jason Altman, and I am the new DEN manager for assessment. I am looking forward to getting this blog going in the coming weeks, so please check back frequently. I promise there will often be something new. […]