Monday, September 23, 2013

If we are placing Chromebooks in our classrooms we have some reasons in mind - one of those being improving our 21st Century Skills.  Marshalltown Schools found an excellent resource to help develop those skills and monitor growth.  We have next generation assessments coming such as Smarter Balanced and without digital literacy skills students will not be prepared for an online test.

Very soon all students in grades 4 - 8 will be taking the 21st Century Skills Assessment.  This assessment is aligned to all 24 of the ISTE NETS-S standards and gives four levels of proficiency based on the results. The full reports that are offered on the district, school, teacher, class, and student levels will allow us to identify learning gaps and use EasyTech lessons to build the skills in the specific areas we need.   Giving a post test at a later date will allow us to see the growth we've made and also find the areas that are still challenging us.

Besides skills, we'll be able to handle the topic of online safety.  Students will be able to learn digital citizenship, and how to use social networks safely, protect personal information, and prevent cyber bullying.  All the skills can be revisited as students grow, and presented at their appropriate level.

It is also worth mentioning the other classroom curriculum resources has to offer.  It will support classrooms with direct instruction videos, multimedia resources, interactive learning tools, and virtual labs - all aligned to the Common Core. Teachers can take advantage of the lesson planning tools to help deliver content to the students in their classes.  As teachers gather their resources they can start creating district curriculum.

Read this article for more on's place in the Marshalltown Community School District.

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