It is important to assess students throughout the learning process. There are typically four types of assessment:

  1. Entrance Ticket/Pre-test: Assess prior knowledge
  2. Exit Ticket/Post-Test: Assess learned knowledge
  3. Formative Assessment: An informal “check-up” on learning objectives
  4. Summative Assessment: A formal assessment that tests student success in relation to learning objectives.

In my transition to a paperless classroom, I have also set a goal for my self to assess students more often and provide more feedback. Grading is a pain the you know what…but if I can find tools that will do it for me…assess away!

Entrance Ticket: I created a Padlet…first time doing this and it’s really great. I like that you can make it private and supply a codeword for users. Very easy for multi-class use or collaboration.

Formative Assessment: I made a google form. I need to continue to become more fluent with these forms so that I can include them in daily lessons (block schedule).

Summative Assessment: For the unit I chose, the content is best assessed outside of a multiple choice format. Class Marker allows me to create any type of question and digitally collects all of the answers. I am not sure if I will use this for essays instead of google classroom.


The Paperless Classroom

For this assignment, I chose to focus on a unit that I have been improving year after year…Food. This unit is extremely interesting and important, as it is the easiest way for students to help with the current state of the environment.

Food Unit PlanĀ 

Digital Learning Experience

Designing this unit was very beneficial. I am in the process of converting my classroom into a paperless classroom, and have been doing a lot of brainstorming. This assignment gave me the chance to try it out. My plan is to continue to utilize Google Classroom as well as a class website to communicate the days tasks. Since we are switching to a block schedule and I tend to have attendance issues in my class, this setup will really help!

For now, I put the lesson into a Google Doc. Eventually, that will be it’s own webpage. I used a unit that I designed this past year that is part of a much larger project. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and even tried a new technology- Screencastify! Super easy and useful!

Digital Lesson

Tech Tools Unit Plan

I really enjoyed this unit. It is fun and interesting to be exposed to different tools and technologies that are out there for my students to use. I am also in the process of transforming my brick and mortar classroom into a paperless platform, so all of these resources are extremely helpful!

This is the link to my unit plan. I took a unit that I designed this past spring that I was fairly happy with. I kept the content the same, but modified the method of delivery. Students have several choices when it comes to content knowledge demonstration. They also are demonstrating their knowledge in a variety of ways and obtaining information in a variety of ways- not just constant webquests.

This is the link to our class tech tools compilation page. I enjoyed trying a few out!



Tech Bytes

This purpose of this podcast series is to inform other educators about some of the technology tools I have executed in my classroom. There are many resources out there, but often times these resources can be overwhelming when considering ways to integrate them into the classroom. Through this podcast, listeners will be exposed to new tools to utilize. I will also discuss any pitfalls or roadblocks experienced with the technology.

We often spend a substantial amount of time in professional development meetings learning about topics and programs that don’t always relate to us. If professional development was delivered through a podcast, teachers would be able to listen to a two-three minute synopsis of a technology tool. If the teacher is interested or thinks the tool would work in their class, they could then use their professional development time to research the tool and prepare it for use in their classroom. Just like we practice in our classrooms, professional development would now be differentiated.

Below are two episodes from the Tech Tools Podcast I created.

Episode 1: DocentEDU

Episode 2: Google Cardboard



Teacher Example of Student Product

The student example I created was for a news casting project. Students would be responsible for creating an environmental news podcast responsible for educating listeners on environmental viewpoints.

This is something I plan on doing with my new Ecology class next year. We will have an environmental news podcast station in which students will produce episodes to educate the school about environmental issues.

Below is an example of a podcast for the news channel.

Pinterest Page

This page was designed to inform others about the opportunities social media presents for educational purposes. I find that I continue to find resources, almost daily…there is just so much out there! I need to pick what will work the best for my students and I…too many options sometimes can lead to chaos!

This website…

….is a collection of artifacts created in EdTech521. These artifacts are examples of ways to integrate technology into the classroom and to promote online learning. Each artifact demonstrates a different set of principles learned. This course is definitely the most valuable course I have taken yet- majority of assignments will be used in my teaching.

Nuck Education Resume (1)

Emily Planton

High School Science Teacher