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5 effective assessment approaches using EdTech


As we start back to school, here are five approaches that can provide timely and effective feedback whilst potentially reducing marking workload (and using far less paper!)

1. Low Stakes Quizzing

Testing works. Research has demonstrated that taking a test on studied material promotes remembering that material on a final test, a phenomenon called the “testing effect.”

Sandringham Professional Learning Team : T&L summary of the year 2016-2017


Sandringham Learning Journal Volume 5

Thank you to all our contributors to Volume 5 – it is fantastic to finally see it in print! You can also find a pdf version of the Journal here along with the previous four volumes. 


TeachMeet Hatfield.


Way back in the first part of the year, TeachMeet Hatfield invited people to join them in July. What a great idea I thought, I’ll have loads of free time in July – that is a great time for a TeachMeet – count me in! Come July, weirdly, all that free time had mystically disappeared… and I was starting to curse signing up for additional CPD. I needn’t have worried. TeachMeet Hatfield was fantastic: short, sharp presentations with lots of food for thought (and excellent buffet too). If you haven’t been to a TeachMeet before – this was my second – I thoroughly endorse them as a quick way to network and get some new ideas. It is a bit like real-life twitter.

Education Reading Group - The Science of Learning

At lunchtime today we held the final meeting of this year’s Education Reading Group, and discussed The Science of Learning written by the Deans for Impact, which neatly summarises existing research from cognitive science related to how students learn. It identifies six key questions about learning which are relevant to all teachers:

Education Reading Group – 31st March 2017

This week we looked at readings from the following books, all based around the theme of ‘Praise’:

  • Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by Hattie and Yates (2014)
  • Learning Teaching. Becoming and Inspirational Teacher by Boyd, Hymer and Lockney (2015)
  • Why Don’t Students Like School by Willingham (2009)

This is a theme that we had touched on in previous lunchtime meetings but never really had the opportunity to fully explore. A number of interesting points and questions came out today:

Reading Comprehension by Jo Russell

Reading comprehension is a skill which underpins access to the curriculum in all subjects.  By the time students are of secondary age it seems reasonable to expect that they can read and make sense of text.  However, this may not be the case for all students.  Some students may have obvious difficulties accessing text because of phonological difficulties resulting in dyslexia.  Other students, however, may have reading comprehension difficulties which are less obvious to spot.  Specific difficulties in reading comprehension occur when a student has adequate decoding skills, so they can read all the words in the text, but they have difficulty in understanding the content of the text. 

Education Reading Group - February 2017

Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy

Lunchtime today saw the third meeting this academic year of the Education Reading Group. This time we were reading an extract from a chapter of Embedding Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy entitled ‘Providing feedback that moves learning forward’.

The chapter itself focuses on the effects of different kinds of feedback on student achievement and suggests a number of strategies that teachers can use to maximise the power of the feedback they provide.

Google Expedition

I am quite happy to admit that I am a bit of a techno-phobe. I am not a natural at blended learning and I really need to be convinced by the usefulness of an app before it becomes an embedded part of my classroom. I still think sugar paper rocks and I make no apologies for this!

So, when my name appeared on the timetable for a Google expedition session, I was certainly intrigued but mainly a bit worried about what it would entail. It was going to take me very firmly out of my comfort zone.

So, what is Google Expedition? According to Google:

Thoughts about #All or Nothing Week by Nicola Gunton

This week was an opportunity for us, as teachers, to take a risk in the way we teach. An opportunity for us to explore ideas and take some to the extreme.

No talking

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