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Business tests students: Part Deux.

From Alberta Education:

Computer Adaptive Assessment

Computer Adaptive Assessment (CAA) is a made-in-Alberta approach to address the individual learning needs of our students through an innovative use of technology. It is a school-based computer assessment tool that immediately ‘adapts’ or tailors the difficulty of each test to the individual student. The CAA initiative provides an optional assessment tool for classroom teachers to assist them in understanding each student’s progress.

In spring 2005 Alberta Education tendered a Request for Proposal for an online CAA system. CAA can support instructional planning, along with other tools such as teacher-developed assessments, commercial assessment/diagnostic tools, and other tests.

Castle Rock Research Corp, an educational resource development company based in Edmonton, Alberta was selected as the prime vendor.

For more information on Computer Adaptive Assessment, please contact Dennis Belyk, Executive Director, Learner Assessment at (780) 427-0010.

Well I logged in to the CastleRock site. I learned a few things.

  • The Castlerock site is not “individual based,” all students write the same test questions. The student’s name will appear above a list of randomly generated questions. The questions are not selected for the individual, they are chosen by a random mathematical/computational script.
  • Castlerock is a store . . . that sells tests. Old tests.
  • The technology is not innovative, schools have had the exact same questions and answer style exam questions since the initiation of the PAT program in the early 90s. My files have many example questions of similar, if not identical style and validity. If I am called upon to create tests similar to those offered by CastleRock I certainly have the expertise. I have questions in my database that Google will never find. The last MC test I gave was marked recorded and returned to the students before the end of the period in which the exam was written. I can be compelled to create these tests at a cost far less than $.35 per test.
  • In its present form the questions are not “adaptive” as advertised. The school will be billed to take tests for up to three years, until the database gets big enough, then the computer spits out the tough questions for the “righties” and the easy questions for the “wrongies”. I’m no math genius, but won’t giving tougher tests to the “righties” and easy tests to the “wrongies” make everyone “average”? I search for gurus to point out what is innovative in this “adaptive” approach. I’ve read Harrison Bergeron, I didn’t like it.
  • The Castle rock site promises “unique” sets of questions, they are recycled test bank questions from the late 90s. Random, maybe, not unique, that’s special.
  • The CAA, CastleRock store is not “teacher-developed”, it is not “school-based”.

“All men are not created equal. It is the purpose of the Government to make them so.”

I will not participate in this “optional” program. I simply can’t find enough professional research to convince me otherwise.

I have some good ideas about education technology innovation that could use a few bucks to keep rolling, though, care to donate?

Oh, when I was a first year teacher, a mentor took me out to the local golf course. I rarely golf and borrowed his son’s clubs. He wagered me a “pop” and even allowed “one kick and a throw.” I took the bet. On the third hole he kicked my ball from the fairway over a barbed-wire fence into a field. On the eighth hole he threw my ball in the water.

English 10 Reading List

1. Thematic Readings
online texts and resource collection(wikipedia, google, evaluation of source/bias)
building a linking lexicon
metacognitive theory(Bloom)

2. The Chrysalids or Lord of the Flies

10-1: Emphasis on literary analysis. Evaluating author’s delivery of theme.
“How is/isn’t the author successful in achieving a desired effect?”

10-2: Emphasis on developing personal response to theme.
“What effect does the writing have on you as reader?”

2. Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare (Omitted or excerpted for 10-2)

4. Short Stories
The Sniper, Liam O’Flaherty
War, Timothy Findley
Jane Goodall and the Chimps, with Vickie Gabereau
Attacked by a Mountain Grizzly, Kathy Cook
To Build a Fire, Jack London
Earthquake, Jack Hodgins

5. Poetry
Superman’s Song,Brad Roberts
The Forecast, Dan Jaffe
Bad Driving, from The Red Green Show
The Shark, E.J. Pratt
Cree Ponies, R.A. Kawalikak
Road Between Saskatoon and Edmonton, Elizabeth Brewster

6. Essays
Why We Grow Insensitive to Dangers David Suzuki
Keep Faith with Nature, Harvey Locke
I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Little Salad with Your Night Crawlers, Sir?, Arthur Black
Gotcha!, Robert Fulford
Seven Wonders, Lewis Thomas
Internet Is Hero’s Window, Mara Bellaby
Action Hero, Rulon Openshaw
To Build a Fire, Patrick Fitzgerald
The Saga of Filming “Never Cry Wolf”, Bruce Brown

8. Film
March of the Penguins
Michael Collins
The Atomic Café

9. Web Links
Crossroads 10 Web links
Curriculum Correlations
Language Masters Answer Keys

Looking for News

Try the following suggestions to increase your daily intake of news feeds.

  • Surf the latest headlines from all over the world. Results are based on google search rankings, the larger the font –> the more hits in google, I recall. Headlines link to an array of news organizations.
  • Aggregate a few headlines from, say, cbc.ca/rss in your own blog sidebar.
  • Create your own online newsreader at bloglines.com or google reader.

Add your own suggested news feeds or feed aggregators in a comment or trackback here.

IV. ENGLISH 10: The Three Questions

ENGLISH 10 Comments only SVP.

Scour your notes, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Respond to these questions on your own blog AFTER reading:

  • “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy
  • “The Three Questions” by Jon J. Muth
  1. When is the best time to do things?
  2. Who is the most important one?
  3. What is the right thing to do?

III. ENGLISH 10: What tests our relationship with technology?

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Scour your notes, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Keep your comments brief, 10-50 words. Comment as often as you like.

What tests our relationship with technology?

II. ENGLISH 10: What makes us listen to our conscience?

ENGLISH 10 Comments only SVP.

Scour your notes, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Keep your comments brief, 10-50 words. Comment as often as you like.

What makes us listen to our conscience?

I. ENGLISH 10: What are the greatest challenges to our survival?

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Scour your notes, blogs, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Keep your comments brief, 10-50 words. Comment as often as you like.

What are the greatest challenges to our survival?

Personality vs Character?

ENGLISH 30 Comments only SVP.

Scour your notes, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Keep your comments brief, 10-50 words. Comment as often as you like.

Do we see ourselves the same way others see us?

Unversal Ideals

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Scour your notes, “google” your minds, attach a comment with an idea, impression, concept. Make references to literature, film, philosophy, history, psychology, business, politics, etc.

Keep your comments brief, 10-50 words. Comment as often as you like.

Are there universal ideals for which we all strive?

English 10 Mages

Get a magic wand, silk hankie, a coin, pin, string/thread, rubberbands, and a deck of cards. You’ll want to wear a sport coat/blazer (to help hide hands/stuff in big pockets).

NO FIRE. NO SWORDS. NO DECAPITATING the teacher tricks. You may not saw a kid in half.

I’ve got a dvd that is just awesome. Co-op has a few tricks in their birthday party stuff.

Find a “magician’s oath” from google/wikipedia. Take it seriously.

We need a table and a fancy-shmancy cloth.

Someone find a trick were you have a hand puppet as your assistant.

Let’s put on a good show. Rehearsal Thursday AM, PM, too if needed.

Expect to stay out of the Lab and in my room until your trick is mastered. Grrr.

Performance and public presentation is very much a Language Art, everyone will step up and deliver.

Out.