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assessON tutorials now on YouTube

Great to speak to so many teachers in my travels in the last few weeks.

So many teachers are very keen to implement assessON as early as possible in their schools.

Some new assessON animated tutorials are now avaialble on YouTube. Go to http://www.youtube.com/user/assessONHelp.

As mentioned in my previous assessON post, assessON is a great tool to kick-start the year. By creating a Readiness assessment, you can see what students already know about a topic area.

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Getting to know your students with assessON

A former colleague said to me once that good teachers always start the school year by finding out what their students know.

assessON is the perfect tool to find out what your students already know before you start teaching a new topic or unit.

There are three types of assessments in assessON:

  • Readiness (FOR learning)
  • Progress (AS learning)
  • Achievement (OF learning).
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By creating a Readiness assessment, you can see what students already know about a topic area.

For example, as a Maths teacher you are about to start teaching Real numbers. By creating an assessment in assessON you can find out what prior knowledge your students bring to the classroom.

There is no marking for you to do – assessON will mark everything for you and give you a graphical representation of where your students are at. This will inform your planning of lessons.

A readiness assessment for real numbers in assessON Maths Quest 8 for Australian Curriculum

When school starts in the next week or so, make sure that you first learn your students’ names.

Then find out, with assessON, what they already know.

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Using student assessment for professional learning

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assessON informs professional learning

How can student learning guide and inform your professional learning?

Formative assessment is widely used to improve learning outcomes for students. However a recent paper from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development titled Using student assessment for professional learning: focusing on student outcomes to identify teachers’ needs suggests that the same principles of formative assessment can be used to inform professional learning for teachers.

This paper suggests that the learning of both students and teachers proceeds through ‘successive, cumulative stages, or dimensions’. In particular, these stages focus on three key questions:

‘Where am I going?’,
‘How am I doing?’
‘Where to next?’ (Hattie & Timperley, 2007)

While students answer these questions during their learning, teachers also use the answers to these questions to inform their knowledge of students and how to teach them.

Go to the latest edition of Curriculum Leadership to read more.

Jacaranda’s newly released online assessment tool assessON allows students to focus on these three key questions to navigate their learning. From a teacher’s perspective, the rich diagnostics in assessON enable teachers to be better informed of their students’ learning while interrogating the ways they teach.

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assessON is now live!

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Jacaranda’s new online assessment tool assessON is now live!

assessON is an innovative online tool that provides additional assessment resources for the Australian Curriculum maths or science  courses. It enables online assessments and automatic feedback.

From a teacher’s perspective, this will transform your workflow. Think of the time you will save with preparing and marking assessment. Think of the instant information you will receive to help you diagnose the learning needs of your students and monitor their overall progress.

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Get the most out of assessON in 2012!

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As a teacher, it was the writing of class tests and exams and then all the marking and profiling of student work that took up a great deal of my time.

What I love most about assessON is that it does all this work for teachers. It gives teachers more time to actually concentrate on teaching!

Early in the new year I will be adding tips on this web page as to how you and your students can get the most out of assessON.

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Get the most out of studyON in 2012!

The Year 12 exams are over for another year. Some teachers have already expressed their sense of relief to me!

Early in the new year I will be adding tips on this web page as to how you and your students can get the most out of studyON.

By subscribing to this blog, you will automatically receive updated tips and ideas in your email inbox!

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