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Know Before the Test: Teaching and Learning With Formative Data Every Day

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 126A

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Empower Virtual School
Christie Thompson is a secondary teacher in Coweta County, Georgia with 22 years experience in education. She is also an adjunct professor at Thomas University where she teaches the Integration of Classroom Technology. In 2022, Christie was recognized as a GaETC Rising Star and the Nearpod North Star Educator of the Year. In 2023, she was honored as her school's Teacher of the Year. She has presented at the school, district, and even larger levels including both GaETC and OETC. Christie is an enthusiastic supporter of edtech and believes in its potential to enhance student learning experiences.
Director of Instructional Technology
Director of Instructional Technology, Schoolytics
Technology Specialist
Voorhees Middle School
Shari Kauffman is a Technology Integration Coach from New Jersey with 19 years of experience. She has worked with K-8 teachers at the school, district, and county levels throughout her career. Shari has a passion for exploring new technology and empowering teachers and students to utilize the technology in their teaching and learning. Shari is an Apple Certified Teacher, EdPuzzle Coach, Schoolytics Certified Educator as well as a Google Level I and Level II Certified Educator.
Science Teacher
Western Wayne School District
I am high school science teacher who has been with the Western Wayne School District for sixteen years, teaching 9-12 grade students, I have been in education for over 20 years. My teaching duties have included instructing advanced academic AP Biology classes. I have also instructed general science, biology, and chemistry in a regular classroom setting as well as co-taught classrooms. I have taught, supervised, and administrated Virtual Learning classes. Prior to my employment at Western Wayne School District, I also taught in two other school districts in Pennsylvania. I am currently certified in biology and chemistry in PA.
Pinelands Regional Jr. High School
I am a math teacher from New Jersey with 18 years of teaching experience. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about student-centered learning and gamification. I have also been an active member of several district committees, working to improve district policies and programs for the benefit of our students. Recently, my students and I had the unique opportunity to test and co-develop a new product from Pear Deck called Giant Steps. It was an exciting journey and I am proud to have been a part of it. Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Pear deck Inspearational Educator.

Session description

Teachers must often search multiple places for student performance data and piece it together on their own. In this session we'll share how to build a real-time view of student performance using Google Classroom tools. You'll get tools and strategies to think creatively about collecting and analyzing formative data.

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to:
- See how students are engaged in the digital learning environment
- Track progress on assignments and assignment turn-in rates
- Use data to inform instruction

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Interactive survey on what takes up the most time in the instructional week (5 min.)
Comparing survey data to previous national and international studies (5 min.)
Completing a brief activity in Google Classroom (10 min.)
Analyzing the data of student engagement within Google Classroom (10 min.)
Think-pair-share on insights (10 min.)
Data visualizations from student view to empower students (5 min.)
Admin tool (5 min.)
Parent view of data to create a true community (5 min.)
Q&A (5 min.)

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Develop learning assessments that provide a personalized, actionable view of student progress in real time.
For Educators:
  • Use assessment data to guide progress and communicate with students, parents and education stakeholders to build student self-direction.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
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