Notes from EdcampNH

Session 2 (Assessment Standards) www.jcsee.org/ses 


How do we authentically assess students?

  • How do we know what students know? How is it measured?

Blended environments

  • How do we know who did what? How do you give feedback and manage?

Determining Averages

  • Formative assessments don’t count. How do we account for standards based performance when grades are weighted the same before and after the grades are in?
  • Eventually we are grading on competencies, but we are not there yet.

Analogy: Driving test. Everyone knows what’s on it. There’s value. Drivers Ed works on the formative assessment and help students gain the competencies so they are ready for the big test.

Q: How do we change this as a school community? How do we make sure change happens?

Session 3 (Critical Skills) @dancallahan 

We’ve been given a challenge of presenting in a group on critical skills and fundamental dispositions in a 21st century classroom.

So, we’re in 3 groups

Group 1: Official  website http://www.antiochne.edu/acsr/criticalskills/
Group 2: Unofficial website http://bit.ly/NBI346 and http://bit.ly/NBI9IT
Group 3: Article – From experience to meaning: The critical skills program by Laura Thomas.

We’ve been given 30 minutes to prepare to give a 10 minute presentation.
Now, we’re doing the presentation and breaking it down.

Session 4 (Ipads in School) @dancallahan

Songza (app) streaming music that gives you playlists according to different moods/styles.
50 Shades of Grey (ebook readers)
If you buy 20+ apps from Apple, you get them ½ price in bulk

Suggested apps:

  • Drawing pad
  • Toontastic
  • Doodlecast
  • Evernote
  • Dropbox
  • Paper
  • Skitch
  • Socrative
  • Nearpod
  • Subtext

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do we make effective use of the iPad?
  2. What is a good app? Bad app?
  3. What do we like about it?
  4. What do we not like about it?
  5. How do you provide apps and devices?

Session 5 (Paperless Classroom)

  • iannotate
  • dropittome


  1. Explain Everything (ipad screencast)
  2. mybrainshark (PPT to screencast)
  3. iannotate (app like skitch but better)
  4. book2cloud (open source books with questions)
  5. dailylit.com (books in 200 word bits/email)
  6. mendeley (PDF organizer)
  7. edshelf.com (tool organizer)
  8. whitenoise (app to tune things out)
  9. youblisher.com (embedding books in a webpage)
  10. xtranormal.com (dialogue creator)
  11. esri.com (express yourself with maps)
  12. visual.ly (infographics)
  13. easel.ly (infographics)
  14. infogr.am (infographics)
  15. songzu (music streaming)
  16. isleoftune.com (music synthesizer)
  17. airserverapp.com (stream your device)
  18. reflectionapp (device to projector)

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