Monday, September 15, 2014

Spotlight On Outstanding Teachers, Chris Webb

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Spotlight On Outstanding Teachers: Brian Kennedy 

Meet The Teacher Champions!

 
Meet the Champions shines a spotlight on outstanding teachers, and how they make a difference. Right here on the Quick Key Blog, we will be interviewing real working teachers from around the globe, who make a difference in their classrooms every day.
 

In the Spring of 2013, Chris received a Special Recognition Award for "Outstanding Vision, Dedication, and Commitment to Excellence in Education" from his school. He was also recently accepted to the highly sought after Google Teacher Academy in Chicago, IL.

 

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So, without further ado...let's meet a champion!

 

QKM: Why did you choose to become a teacher?


CW: While many of my peers got into teaching because of a great role-model who inspired them, I got in for the opposite reason; my high school experience was filled with such rigid instruction, flavorless lessons, and little-to-no technology that I decided become a teacher to ensure that no student I came into contact with would have the same experience. I'm proud to say that, 4 years in, I'm living the dream—my students are my life!


QKM: What is the biggest highlight from your classroom this year?


CW: So many, but the biggest was my Senior British Lit students (100% ELL) producing a 60-minute adaptation of "Twelfth Night" in a massive theater, using (and understanding!) Shakespeare's original language. This project took over 4-months of intense classroom time, between auditions, memorization, prop- and set-design, and rehearsals. It's the first time our school put on major play production in front of an audience including family, friends, and the community.


QKM: Tell us about  a teacher who inspired you. How did they do it? What made them great?


CW: Mr. Bralley, my history teacher, was the one teacher in high school who inspired me to invest in my own education and think deeply about the world around me. He was fun, enthusiastic, and smart, but I'll never forget how all of his students knew that he truly loved them. When I'm in the classroom, every now and then, I'll say or do something that reminds me of Mr. Bralley, and I'll laugh at how, years later, his lessons are still with me.


QKM: How can technology help you to be more efficient in the classroom?


CW: As the first all-iPad school in Taiwan, we use technology every day to stay organized, up-to-date, and connected to the world around us. I personally use Google Docs to plan my lessons, Blogger for student portfolios, Dropbox for archiving homework, Twitter to learn about what's "in" in education, and Evernote for everything else. Basically, every day we come home with 10% left on our iPads' batteries!


QKM: What is really hard about teaching, and how do you deal with it?


CW: 1) When I'm in front of the classroom, I talk and talk, hamming it up all day long, but inside, I'm a true introvert. As I've learned this about myself, I've had to find ways to balance giving my kids 100% and taking time to recover from my class-time workout. 2) In Taiwanese culture, students are taught to respect their teachers and blindly treat everything they say as "the answer". One of my key challenges, then, has been to teach students that they can both show respect to elders and have their own opinions on the world around them.

 

QKM: Thanks Chris! 

 
 
                                              
                         

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Anatomy of a Powerful Multiple-Choice Question

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Anatomy of a MCQ 

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The Big Idea: Multiple choice questions can deliver powerful data. The Quick Key Blog is proud to bring you tools for writing effective MC questions, that require critical thinking, and yield powerful data.

 

In my years as a classroom teacher, I was very familiar with multiple choice questions. When I started teaching, to be honest, I did not like them very much. As I developed in my practice, and learned how to craft powerful multiple choice questions, I began to rely on the accurate data they could provide. 

 

We hope you find this article about the basic construction of multiple choice questions informative and useful.

 

-Walter Duncan Co-Founder Quick Key Mobile

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The Anatomy of a Powerful Multiple-Choice Question
 

Multiple-choice questions are a method of assessment that asks students to select one choice from a given list. They typically have three parts: a stem, the correct answer – called the key, and several wrong answers, called distractors. Multiple-choice questions are most widely used for measuring knowledge, comprehension, and application of learning outcomes. Article continued.....
 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

A Back to School Gift to Help Teachers Save Time!

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Multiple-Choice Questions Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Multiple-Choice Questions Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy
The Big Idea: Multiple choice questions can deliver powerful data. The Quick Key Blog is proud to bring you tools for writing effective MC questions, that require critical thinking, and yield powerful data.
 
According to Edglossary "Bloom’s taxonomy is a classification system used to define and distinguish different levels of human cognition—i.e., thinking, learning, and understanding.

Educators have typically used Bloom’s taxonomy to inform or guide the development of assessments(tests and other evaluations of student learning), curriculum (units, lessons, projects, and other learning activities), and instructional methods such as questioning strategies."

Many educators are using Blooms Taxonomy as the underpinning of their assessment creation. We want to support educators who are doing this, so we pulled together some examples of multiple choice questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy. We hope this is a helpful resource, and as always teach inspired.

-Walter Duncan Co-Founder Quick Key Mobile

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Multiple-Choice Questions Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

Knowledge questions

Outcome: Identifies the meaning of a term.

Reliability is the same as:

A. consistency.

B. relevancy.

C. representativeness.

D. usefulness.


In the area of physical science, which one of the following definitions describes the term “polarization”? 


A. The separation of electric charges by friction.

B. The ionization of atoms by high temperatures.

C. The interference of sound waves in a closed chamber.

D. The excitation of electrons by high frequency light.

E. The vibration of transverse waves in a single plane.

Outcome: Identifies the order of events.

What is the first step in constructing an achievement test?

A. Decide on test length.

B. Identify the intended learning outcomes.

C. Prepare a table of specifications.

D. Select the term types to use. Comprehension questions


Outcome: Identifies an example of a term.

Which one of the following statements contains a specific determiner?

A. America is a continent.

B. America was discovered in 1492.

C. America has some big industries.

D. America’s population is increasing.


Outcome: Interprets the meaning of an idea.

The statement that “test reliability is a necessary but not sufficient condition of test validity” means that:

A. a reliable test will have a certain degree of validity.

B. a valid test will have a certain degree of reliability.

C. a reliable test may be completely invalid and a valid test completely unreliable.

Outcome: Identifies an example of a concept or principle .

Which of the following is an example of a criterion-referenced interpretation?

A. Derik earned the highest score in science.

B. Erik completed his experiment faster than his classmates.

C. Edna’s test score was higher than 50 percent of the class.

D. Tricia set up her laboratory equipment in five minutes.


Which one of the following describes what takes place in the so-called PREPARATION stage of the creative process, as applied to the solution of a particular problem?

A. The problem is identified and defined.

B. All available information about the problem is collected.

C. An attempt is made to see if the proposed solution to the problem is acceptable.

D. The person goes through some experience leading to a general idea of how the problem can be solved.
 
 
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spotlight On Outstanding Teachers, Brian Kennedy

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Quick Key Mobile™ turns your mobile device into a scanner and eliminates hand-grading of formative assessments, even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms without a computer or an internet connection. Analytics and data exports are fast and easy, so you can focus on your students.

 
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Spotlight On Outstanding Teachers: Brian Kennedy 

Meet The Teacher Champions!

 
Meet the Champions shines a spotlight on outstanding teachers, and how they make a difference. Right here on the Quick Key Blog, we will be interviewing real working teachers from around the globe, who make a difference in their classrooms every day.


Brian has proven to be one of those increasingly rare "real people" on the Internet. He has given us useful insights into our software during the beta development project, and he is among our group of 100 Quick Key beta testers. Thanks Brian!

 

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So, without further ado...let's meet a champion!


QKM: Why did you choose to become a teacher?


BK: Teaching brings a personal sense of satisfaction that I think I would have a hard time getting from other professions.  I have always gotten a strong sense of accomplishment from service and stewardship, and I know that teaching is a perfect fit for my personality.  I work best collaboratively, and I love the experience of facilitating positive change in students; whether it be in their academic knowledge and skills, or their character.

QKM: What is the biggest highlight from your classroom this year?

BKI worked with a group of struggling eighth grade students that had all been recommended for my remedial writing instruction course by their language arts teachers.  Many of these students live in poverty or otherwise chaotic situations, and many have been at risk since elementary school.  We worked really hard toward acquiring skills or "tools" for our "writer's tool belts" during the six-week course.  I am proud to report that every student that attended the course, passed the eighth grade writing test and they all are looking forward to a successful freshman year!

DBE: Tell us about  a teacher who inspired you. How did they do it? What made them great?

BKMy eighth grade language arts teacher, Lynn Angus, was among the most influential teachers that I had.  She really made the students feel valued by sharing our writing in a safe and anonymous way.  The sense of community in her classroom is something that I continue to strive for in my own classroom.

DBE: How can technology make you more efficient in the classroom?

BKAlong with efficiently presenting aggregated data that informs instruction, technology provides the intangible ingredient that all teachers seek: engagement.  When students' excitement around using devices, music, or other media is present, the learning that takes place feels pleasurable as opposed to monotonous or forced.  I also find that using technology with my students, be it a game, webquest, research, etc., allows the students the opportunity to take the lead, while I get to watch them explore learning.  Technology effortlessly taps into their natural curiosity and allows them the opportunity to safely make impermanent mistakes.

 QKM: What is really hard about teaching, and how do you deal with it?

BK: By far the most difficult part about my job is the fact that an increasing number of parents harbor underlying distrust for teachers and administrators.  I try to remedy this by making myself available whenever possible to parents, and reaching out to build a trusting relationship with them.  I also send regular feedback to parents, and make attempts to relay positive feedback to parents whenever possible.  I find this especially helpful with students that have disciplinary issues, and it goes a long way with parents when I demonstrate that I want them to know that their child can be successful. 

QKM: Thanks Brian!