Tech Professional Development, #3

Depth of Knowledge, Plickers, Edmodo, Insight Tool

Weekly Shout-Outs!

Per Mrs. Deltonya Warren, "Kudos to Mrs. Teat, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Yarborough, and Mr. Price for their contribution to the session today. I hated to see it end!"

Special thanks this week Autumn Wilson for bringing us so many examples of questions at the first three levels of DOK.

Also, a big thanks to Lori Holland for sharing all of her Edmodo wisdom with Mrs. Fenn--if you have questions about Edmodo, Mrs. Holland has a lot to offer!

Your Work!

By using the Plickers app and website, teachers practiced determining which DOK level sample questions belonged to. Remember, the depth of knowledge of a question is not always crystal clear. Furthermore, the deeper levels are not always necessarily more difficult than the others; rather, the levels offer different ways of looking at information.


This week we reviewed the Depth of Knowledge levels 1-3 by looking at sample questions from the Achievement Series. We discussed what made particular questions fall at their assigned level, or what aspects of a question prevented it from being assigned a deeper level. Then, teachers had the opportunity to assign a DOK level to more sample questions using Plickers, a formative assessment tool that allows teachers to collect real-time data without student devices. Lastly, we dove into the Alabama Insight Tool found on the ALEX website to see how the "Knowledge," "Skills," and "Understanding" columns correlate to DOK 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Click the Depth of Knowledge link above to access the PowerPoint presentation from this week.

DOK offers a common language to understand "rigor," or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks (NY Department of Education). Remember that DOK connects to the ACT Aspire our 10th graders will take in the spring. See the percentage breakdowns below.
According to the Plickers website, you can use Plickers to:
  • Tailor instruction with instant feedback
  • Engage ALL students in critical thinking
  • Focus more on teaching, less on set-up

Watch the video tutorial below to get started with Plickers. (Tip: Skip to the 1:00 mark to bypass the introduction and get straight to the good stuff)

Plickers quick PD
Click here for one of many Edmodo guides/manuals on the web.

Edmodo exists because its creators believed that "how students learn is just as important as what." The most simple way to describe Edmodo might be:

Facebook + Online Learning + Teacher Collaboration + Parent Communication = Edmodo

If you're using this with your students, let coworkers know how it's going. What works? What could be better? How have you used it? Start the conversation today!

To watch tutorials for the multiple features of Edmodo, click here.

According to the ALEX, what you will find on the Insight tool is that "The CCRS are unpacked, or dissected, identifying specific knowledge, skills, vocabulary, understandings, and evidence of student attainment for each standard."

Clicking the title above will direct you to the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) website. To access the Alabama Insight Tool:

  1. Login to your ALEX personal workspace OR create a personal workspace account.
  2. Click the button for the "Alabama Insight Tool." (Figure 1)
  3. Select the content area of your choice. (Figure 2)
  4. Set the filters to generate the best results for what you need. (Figure 3)

Weekly Challenge!

Look at upcoming assessments you've created for your students; identify each question's DOK level. See how your assessment measures up-- Are you assessing mostly at a DOK 1? Are you stretching your students to think at DOK 2 and 3?