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
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.
By using a wide array of strategies around process, content, and product, educators can find a method that works best for them and implement it in their classrooms.
It seems a big ask, especially when teachers need to switch between a variety of print, digital, and interactive resources. But differentiation doesn’t need to be too time-consuming, or difficult.
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.
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.
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.
During a recent webinar, educators from Omaha Public Schools discussed how to change the culture around technology integration by asking the essential question: “What systems are in place that are reinforcing the behaviors we need to change?”
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.
It’s important to understand that systems change behavior. Here are three quick and easy adjustments you can make in your classrooms to trigger cultural change.