Data in education is a topic we’ll be getting into over the next few weeks. At the very least, data is entering test scores into your trusty Excel spreadsheet. At most, data is using the results of formative assessments to drive teaching and shorten the learning loop. The field of thought is vast and still growing so here are some places to start when embarking on the data journey.
TeachThought is a site that’s dedicated to supporting 21st-century educators in the ever-evolving world of teaching. Their mantra is simply “teach better,” and we’ve actually highlighted their director, Terry Heick, in our feature on people who blog on assessments. To help teachers understand what students are learning in class, TeachThought has rounded up five tools that help data-based teaching. These tools help you track, analyze, and report the plethora of data generated every day in your classroom.
Data Quality Campaign
Data Quality Campaign is a nonprofit organization that works to improve student learning through the use to data. They are based in Washington, DC and work on a national level championing awareness and best practices of data use in education. In this post, they emphasize the importance of standards, assessments, and data in education described as “three legs of a stool.” A successful school stool needs all three legs to stand.
Infographics on data-driven instruction are worth a thousand explanation. Using data in school isn’t something that can be explained quickly, and sometimes it’s easier to convince (those who need convincing) of data’s power through pictures. eLearninginfographics is a great place to start. Here is a great one by OpenColleges about leveraging educational data, or “Learning Analytics 101.”
Professor Cho is an assistant professor at Boston College who studies data use, technology, and leadership in education. His focus is on the role administration and central office figures when rolling out innovations. Like all initiatives, having the right people at the table, clearly defined goals, and effective communication is key to getting edtech off the ground. For more his leading thoughts, check out his blog.
Researchers and support for teachers are out there for educators to fine tune their craft. Here are a few to get you started:
- Marzano Research Center tips archive: http://www.marzanoresearch.com/resources/tips
- ANET for interim assessments, coaching, and professional analysis http://www.achievementnetwork.org/
- Research for Better Teaching is dedicated to supporting a sustainable school environment: http://www.rbteach.com/rbteach2/about.html
For more information on how Gradeable can help you use data to drive your teaching, visit us at www.gradeable.com.