Straight From the Source     Volume 1, Issue 6

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    The Source


    Connecting Teachers and Learners (CTL)

    We are working to flip the learning environment through video blogs, student artifacts, lesson plans, and helpful tools for teachers while focusing on the content. It is our goal to provide teachers with a road map, giving them step by step directions on how to effectively impact student learning in this digital era. This section will grow as we interview different teachers who effectively leverage technology in the classroom.





    Breakout Session at Summer Tech Camp 2016 Using BreakoutEDU   Bertie County Schools





    The Great Escape



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    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    The job of a teacher is to be faithful to authentic student learning. Currently, our profession is fixated on results from one test, from one day, given near the end of the school year. And, yes, that is data that can be useful, however, we teachers spend the entire year collecting all sorts of immediate and valuable information about students that informs and influences how we teach, as well as where and what we review, re-adjust, and re-teach.

    So when we speak about student data, here's how teachers collect it and some of the ways we use it.



    #1 From the Classroom

    Formative Assessments

    Checking for understanding with low-stakes assessments are really the most important and useful of student data. Using exit slips, brief quizzes, and thumbs up/thumbs down are a few of my favorite ways to gather information on where students are and where we need to go next.



    The beauty of having a constructivist, student-directed classroom? The kids are comfortable with you walking around and sitting with them in their groups -- your "guide on the side" role. In other words, they don't freeze up when you step away from the podium or your teacher-directed spot by the whiteboard. This freedom allows you to be a fly on the wall, gathering data on individual students -- how well are they making sense of the content? Interacting with others? Are they struggling with a learning activity? Observation data then allow us to adjust pacing for the whole class or scaffold for those students who are still struggling.


    Projects, Essays, Exams

    Summative assessments, such as a literary analysis essay or an end-of-unit science exam, allow us to measure the growth of individual and whole-group learning. If a large number of students don't do well on a high-stakes assessment, we need to reflect back on the teaching and make necessary adjustments in the future.



    Rebecca Alder, 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching, retrieved from; on June 23, 2016.




    Hot Tech Tip

    Spotlight: June

    Alex Kaulfuss




    BreakoutEDU is a game that will have your students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, working collaboratively and having so much fun they won't even realize how much they are using their brains!


    Attribution: Most of the content for this self-paced PD course come from BreakoutEDU creators James Sanders and Mark Hammons from their site



    How can I use it?

    BreakoutEDU games will revive your students' interest in using their brains and develop important skills for success in school and in life:


    • critical thinking
    • problem solving
    • troubleshooting
    • collaboration
    • content area skills including math, science, social studies, and language arts

    Alex Kaulfuss

    Instructional Technologist at The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

    Raleigh, NC

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    Alex's Thoughts on Using Data in the classroom







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    What are ways in which you collect student data and how has this benefited the instruction and learning in your classroom?