Improving Instructional Quality

in Career & Technical Education with Technology

Keep in mind....

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them - the teacher is the most important."

Bill Gates

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Web 2.0 Tools for Formative Assessment

"The use of assessment to provide feedback to teachers and students in the course of learning is called formative assessment. Information gained through informal assessments provides opportunities for teachers to make adjustments to the ways in which we deliver instruction."


Just Write! Guide, Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy

Advantages of Formative Classroom Assessment

Although all formative assessment practices have the potential to increase student learning, assessment for learning in the classroom offers a number of distinct benefits:

  • The timeliness of results enables teachers to adjust instruction quickly, while learning is in progress.
  • The students who are assessed are the ones who benefit from the adjustments.
  • The students can use the results to adjust and improve their own learning



The Best Value in Formative Assessment, Stephen Chappuis and Jan Chappuis, December 2007/January 2008 | Volume 65 | Number 4

Web 2.0 Tools for Student Engagement

"Learning in a connected, technology-rich environment enables young people to undertake meaningful experiences as they engage with peers, celebrities, relatives, and experts worldwide. They are able to connect with both formal and informal learning communities to communicate the results of their work -- be it new proposals, new knowledge or solutions, persuasive advocacy (in a variety of interactive media formats), or creative ideas and expression -- in ways that previous generations could only imagine. The educational opportunities that technology gives to students are not only amazing, they are transformative!"


Donald G. Knezek is the chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

"The thing is, every student is engaged differently...but, that is okay. There is always a way to keep a student interested and lively, ready to embark on the journey of education. 'What is that way?' some teachers may ask eagerly. Now, read closely... Are you ready? That way is to ask them. Ask. Them. Get their input on how they learn. It's just as simple as that."

Web 2.0 Tools for Presentations