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InterACTIVE and Engaging Ways to Use Technology for Assessment

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 118C

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The Merrills EDU, LLC
Kristin and Joe Merrill share a passion for infusing EdTech into their Fourth and First Grade classrooms. Together, they have a combined 20+ years of teaching experience, where they collaborate to create engaging lessons that turn into memories for their students. Even though they teach different grades, they share one common goal: learning needs to be interactive. This mindset drove them to write the books: The InterACTIVE Class and Flipgrid in the InterACTIVE Class (Elevate Books EDU), and put a new spin on traditional strategies to help implement technology that meets the needs of all students.
Kristin Merrill: Fourth Grade teacher; 14+ years of experience working in intermediate (3-5) grade levels, 5+ years of implementing iPads, laptops, and Chrome books in the classroom. Kristin is the co-author of the book series, "The InterACTIVE Class," on Elevate Books EDU.

Session description

Assessing is more than multiple choice! Join Kristin and Joe Merrill, Fourth and First Grade teachers, as they share ways on how you can take your assessments to the next level using tools like Canva and Microsoft Flip to provide rich and meaningful data to better understand knowledge student knowledge.

Purpose & objective

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to create interactive assessments that go beyond the traditional multiple choice test.

We'll be sharing specific techniques that use technology and how it can help educators better measure their students learning. By the end of the session, the attendees will be able to walk away with ideas to implement into their classrooms immediately.

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Intro: 2 min

What does assessment look like in 2022?: 10 min

Types of assessment (traditional vs modern): 10 min

Formative Assessments (ideas straight from our classrooms): 10 min

Summative Assessments (ideas straight from our classrooms): 10 min

Best practices for Assessments: 10 min

Q&A / Wrap up: 10 min

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Supporting research

"The InterACTIVE Class" by Joe and Kristin Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Jan. 2020). Link:
"Flipgrid in the InterACTIVE Class" by Joe and Kristin Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Jan. 2021). Link:
"The Microsoft Infused Classroom" by Holly Clark, Tanya Avrith, Felisa Ford, Natasha Rachelle, and Kristin and Joe Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Mar. 2020). Link:

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Session specifications

Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
ELL, Math
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.