When we think of measuring student growth, many times thoughts immediately go to an easily gathered, computerized assessment score. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s somewhat comparable. Teachers across the state of Kentucky wanted another option. They wanted a true measure of their students’ work and their students’ progress. They wanted to be able to monitor their students throughout the year, authentically measure students’ growth, and adjust instruction to meet student needs. They wanted to actually see through the lens of their students’ work—where their students excel and where they struggle. They wanted something more meaningful—something the computerized score did not provide.
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers and LDC 2016 Lead & Learn Fellows Meagan Brockway, Tara Clopper, and Rebecca Rice from Greencastle-Antrim High School. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, the team shares their tips on how to start an "LDC revolution" at your school.
The world is an ever-changing place, and technology is becoming more and more an integral and vital part of our lives. As teachers, we face a tremendous challenge in preparing our students for an increasingly complex, cognitively demanding, and interconnected world. More schools and districts are investing in technology, with student access to devices growing everyday. However, we—as teachers and educators—know it’s not enough to just fill our classrooms with technology. Research tells us we need to create innovative and purposeful learning opportunities for our students by integrating technology into our daily practice rather than using technology as an add-on.
We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers Leslie Buffen and Vicki Griffo from the University of California, Berkeley, who are working under the direction of Dr. P. David Pearson to add UDL modifications to a variety of exemplary LDC Mini-Tasks available in the Curriculum Library in LDC CoreTools.