Assessment tools and graphs

I created a test on Testmoz.

A first grade ELA goal is to be able to tell fiction from nonfiction. We have studied features of both. This test asks which features are features of nonfiction.

The results from my test are below. I would tweak the wording to use it again. It is important to me that the “test” not take too much time and energy. I would like to find a way for my students to be able to use the 5 iPads in my classroom to be able to take the test without an adult supervising. It would be nice if there was a feature to record the question so they could listen and answer.

The data from Testmoz gives me information about what students did and did not understand. From this I can reteach and/or change lessons to avoid misunderstandings. I also realized that some of my questions were not as clear as they should be.

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I used Excel to put the data above into a graph. The graph shows each child’s data and can also be used to see which questions most often had incorrect answers.

Testmoz info in excel graph

Rubric Creator

Rubistar writing a sentence rubric


Students in first grade are working writing complete sentences that have beginning capitalization and ending punctuation.

One of my ELA centers was pulling sticks with spelling words on them and then writing a complete sentence with correct capitalization and punctuation. They had a poster to remind them at the center. They were able to use this rubric afterwards to see how they were doing with their goal.

The problem with written rubrics in first grade is that some students lack the ability to read the rubric. There are some solutions- have it read to them electronically or use more pictures. I really like the students to self-assess. I can also use the rubric to assess them.

Data Collected in Education

Demographic data


% Free and Reduced Lunch Participation by Eligible Students 59.3% 60.1%
Percent Economically Disadvantaged Students 40.8% 42.9%
I don’t have access to our county Data Warehouse information so I used the MI School Data portal.  I found the above information in regards to demographics. Our Title 1 staff and administrators have been going through a process to have our school become a Title 1 school.
I believe that this kind of information is vital in this climate of “mandated learning.” There are so many factors that have an impact on children both positively and negatively that must be considered if we really care about the education of children.
21 Things MI SchoolData Portal
This is a screenshot of 3rd grade reading data for Potterville.
This kind of data is useful as a starting point and when combined with other data (acheivement, demographic, process and maybe even perception) can be used to begin to ask questions, understand and improve teaching and learning.

Evaluation and Assessment


As a first grade teacher I have not spent a lot of energy learning about laws and considerations in the sharing of data about my students. I do collect and use data, and pass data on to parents via report cards and conferences, and to teachers via CA60s and “sending sheets.” I don’t post grades or share data online at this point. My responsibilities for permanent file type of data are quarterly report cards and entering attendance data and a photo on the CA60 each year. Record requests in our district are handled by our secretaries and/or administration.

I have become more aware of privacy and sharing issues as I have used technology more for class projects such as videos and books to summarize and extend  learning. I’m also beginning blogging with my students and although it is closed blog to begin with, I have been thinking about the directions it could take. I don’t think that these items would be considered school records but they have gotten me thinking about privacy and sharing laws.

This quiz made me think about how “education records” have expanded with technology to include many more items housed in many more places than in the past. For example, my school uses DIBELS as an assessment. Those records are on the DIBELS website. I just got an e-mail from them asking me to retrieve the data I need before a certain date. My class data would not be available after that. They probably just organize in a different way but I don’t know how long they hold the data. Our county did begin using a data collection system (DataWarehouse?) but I believe have discontinued using it. We do attendance online. I think it will only grow!

I was not surprised by the information I learned from taking the quiz. Most of it seems pretty common sense. If I were asked to share data, I would know where to check for specific questions.





Presentation Tools – Prezi and Zoomlt


Our first grade staff has decided to teach blogging as our final writing unit this year. Two of us attended a session on it at MACUL.

I created a Prezi to introduce this unit to our first graders. It can also be used as we proceed through the beginning steps of blogging.

There are many concepts involved in this unit. Students need to gain a basic understanding of blogging. They need to think about audience and interest. They need to use the writing process to plan, write, revise and edit their post. Finally, the will learn to make appropriate comments. We will begin using paper blogs and move to using Kidblog on iPads.

I like the Prezi format for this presentation. I think the students will enjoy the movement and surprize. I was able to embed a video and photos. There are hidden elements that will appear from the dot of an i and from the t-shirts of students. A tool which helps keep children’s interest and attention is an important part of learning at this level. I was able to use images of the templates that students will be using to plan and write their first post.

I am already thinking of ways to improve or add to this presentation. I like some of the Internet awareness and safety artifacts from Common Sense Media. I’d also like to take some photos as we do this unit, such as sticky note comments attached to the paper blog, to give students have a visual image. At the same time, I know that for 6 and 7 year olds, simplicity is important. Too much information confuses.

The Prezi brings us only through paper blogging. I originally thought that I would add to it or create another Prezi to introduce the steps of using Kidblog. I am thinking that I might instead use Google Presentation for that. I am thinking that a more linear step by step presentation style might be better for a how-to type of presentation.

I don’t see my students (6 and 7 year olds) using this presentation tool. Maybe that is because I am just a beginner myself and it took me a long time to plan and organize it. As my ability to use it grows, maybe a guided Prezi with my students would be a possiblity though I would probably begin with Google Presentation or Power Point for student or class presentations.

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Prezi “Could We Be Bloggers?” screenshot


Our classroom just received our monarch butterfuly larva last week and did our first observation of the little caterpillars.

I found a website that gives information and photos of the caterpillars, the caterpillar parts and stages. I used Zoomlt to zoom in on the parts drawing and I used the draw function to point out some important parts of the text.

monarch caterpillar zoomlt draw monarch caterpillar zoonlt body parts monarch caterpillar website


I often project an image from my iPad with my Apple TV. It allow me to zoom in a similar way. I have used apps like Skitch and Stage to draw on an image.

Zoomlt will give me those functions and more from my laptop.

These features help learners by focusing on important images and information. Students can access close up images and targeted information in a timely way.