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Educators: The lessons we learned in 2016

5 educators reveal their most inspiring takeaways of 2016 and the technologies they’re most excited about.

“Despite my apprehension, I tried a new online tool called pivotEd this year, which changed my thoughts on learner collaboration and assessment, because I could monitor each learner’s experience and connect in real time with each of them as they navigated through an assignment. A double bonus with pivotEd was that students could sign in through their Google accounts. My learners loved using it too, which made my job even easier! This web-based program was just what I needed to safely step out of my comfort zone and successfully have my learners collaborate.”
— Malissa Etie, Third-grade Teacher, St. Catherine School, San Jose, CA
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Make devices your classroom ally

In today’s one-to-one settings, some teachers feel they’ve lost control over their lessons because students are more engaged in their devices than in what the teacher is saying. I use pivotEd, from Capstone, to lead lessons and interact with students through their devices. The platform also lets students collaborate on work and provide feedback to one another.
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pivotEd: Over 500 Pre-Built Reading and ELA Lessons for Grades 3-6

Specifically built for grades 3-6, pivotEd is aligned with CCSS, NGSS, and other standards. The resource is meant to be used to help build collaboration and communication skills for students, and it does an excellent job at achieving that goal.
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Should formative assessment be spared from testing resistance?

Summative assessments provide more data for administrators and policymakers, while formative assessments are for teachers. These often informal check-ins help teachers understand whether students have actually understood their lessons.
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Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work

Real-time observation and feedback tools help teachers snapshot student learning
Today’s students have too many tests to take — but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove mastery rarely seems like the right answer. For some classrooms, the solution lies in formative assessments, which gauge their students’ understanding and personalize their lessons in real time.
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Capstone has released pivotEd, its newest digital content offering that includes more than 500 pre-built science, social studies, and language arts lessons for students in grades 3–6.
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