Monthly Archives: February 2014

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Ways to Assess Student Understanding

We’ve all been there—you just gave a test and after receiving the results, you bury your head in your hands and ask yourself the big question: “Why didn’t they get it?” The “Getting It” process (also known as learning/achieving/mastering) is a teacher’s main goal —in addition to the other ten thousand other skills you want…

Boston Mayor Walsh Visits LearnLaunch and Gradeable

L to R: Mark Racine, Melissa Dodd, Major Marty Walsh, and John Barros

L to R: Mark Racine, Melissa Dodd, Major Marty Walsh, and John Barros

On February 12, Boston Mayor Walsh visited our home co-working space, LearnLaunch, to learn more about us, our edtech neighbors, and to encourage sustainability of technology in this space and city. He was joined by officials from Boston Public Schools including Chief of Staff Melissa Dodd, Chief Information Officer Mark Racine, and new Chief of Economic Development, John Barros.

Mayor Walsh’s visit, in pictures:

The Gradeable team was ready to talk to Mayor Walsh about how we can help impact student learning in Boston Public Schools—and all students everywhere!

Gradeable power dresses

Here we are in our power dresses

While some of us chatted with guests of LearnLaunch while the mayor was in a LearnLaunch presentation…

Parul with McGraw Hill ed-tech representatives

Parul with McGraw Hill ed-tech representatives

Others couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse!

The mayor!

The mayor!

Parul gives Mayor Walsh the “elevator pitch” of Gradeable. The mayor responded saying that the nuns who graded his work in grade school with red pen definitely didn’t have something like Gradeable.

Gradeable founder Parul Singh explains our grading tool to Mayor Walsh

Gradeable founder Parul Singh explains our grading tool to Mayor Walsh

In his address to LearnLaunch, Mayor Walsh urged technology innovators in this very space to sustain their ideas and business in the city of Boston. He stated that the future of Boston’s growth lay within this very room.

The Boston mayor with LearnLaunch founders

The Boston mayor with LearnLaunch founders

Blog Master Bon personally meets Mayor Walsh.

So excited, she just can't hide it

So excited, she just can’t hide it

Our friend and Listen Edition founder Monica Brady-Myerov poses with the Gradeable apples.

Cool shirt, Monica!

Cool shirt, Monica!

Aaand back to work we go.

This is the startup life

This is the startup life

For more on Mayor Walsh’s visit, see EdTech Times.

Friday Bulletin Board

Big tech to help with schools’ broadband internet  During the State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon would help connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students to speedy Internet. In addition, major tech companies are giving away $750 million worth of products to help bridge the digital divide. President Obama said…

Re: Success Without Tests

Danville Independent School District is looking to sidestep standardized state testing in favor of performance assessment. The Kentucky district of 1,800 students has applied for an exemption from this spring’s state tests in favor of “multidisciplinary, semester-long research projects that students present to panels of teachers plus outside observers, in the manner of a PHD…

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Easy Standards-Based Grading Hacks

You’re taken the dive and are now swimming in the murky waters of standards-based grading. You might have seen this picture, which starkly illustrates how much more student transparency a teacher receives when using SBG: (via “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading” by Patricia L. Scriffiny) You know that you want to do it, but the…