Archive for the ‘Assessment’ Category

2013 MLTI RiceBowl Challenge

December 14th, 2012 Comments off

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Freerice are challenging students and sports fans, young and old, to team up for a different kind of bowl game this January and February, with the goal of beating global hunger.

The Rice Bowl Challenge sees two teams compete for the RiceBowl championship. The objective? To raise rice and beat global hunger while proving intellectual strength. Register your school or play on your own. For more information, please visit!

2013 MLTI Ricebowl Challenge

MLTI Professional Development Fall 2012

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

We’re coming to a school near you very soon! This year, the MLTI Professional Development team is going to be in every region of the state, delivering high quality workshops aimed at specific content areas for educators. We will be delivering a series of one-day, hands-on sessions, both in the fall and the spring. We would like to see as many teachers, librarians and administrators as we can attend these sessions, so please spread the word and we’ll see you on the road!

The Fall PD Session descriptors are listed below. For further details on the sessions, their dates and locations, and registration information, click on the session title. For further MLTI Professional Development information, please go to this page on

The Art of Technology in Mathematics

Unlock mathematical conceptual understanding through discovery using technology. Come explore technology options at your fingertips as we seamlessly integrate the MLTI with the new Common Core State Standards. This hands-on workshop will utilize resources to add to your toolkit for teaching and learning. Templates and applets will be provided as we look at ways to increase student conceptual understanding using Geogebra, Grapher, Numbers, and other tools on the MLTI image.

Supporting Students with Special Needs Using MLTI and Universal Design for Learning

This hands-on workshop will begin by exploring accessibility options and adjusting preference settings on the MLTI device to meet the needs of the learner. Participants will also learn to create lessons that target Response to Intervention and incorporate different learning styles to increase universal access for classroom activities. We’ll also examine exciting ways to “provide multiple means of engagement” for students through creating social stories and learning how to socially navigate the world around them. Participants will explore ways to apply these skills to creating Digital Portfolios. Students will ultimately be able to showcase projects that target their Individualized Education Plan benchmarks and goals as well as self-assess their work.

Shift Happens! Common Core, ELA and Digital Literacy
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) identifies 6 shifts in ELA/Literacy, including text complexity, writing from sources and academic vocabulary. This session will explore instructional practices and approaches using digital tools that address the shifts, and provide strategies for implementing the Common Core in the English classroom and across disciplines.

Leveraging Technology with Science Practices

In anticipation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), many educators in Maine are already integrating some of the  8 Science and Engineering Practices into current instruction. Here’s a chance to look more deeply at those Practices from the Framework for K-12 Science Education that inform the NGSS. We will explore MLTI science applications for a hands-on investigation of their alignment to the Maine Learning Results and Practices of the Framework, and discover more ways that technology can enhance learning.

The Art Studio in your MLTI MacBook

Join MLTI to discover the art studio in your MLTI MacBook. Learn new ways to create art, explore tools to design digital portfolios, gain understanding in managing your digital art classroom and grow your research process knowledge. This day will be filled with valuable information for the art teacher.

Digital Citizenship in a Changing World

Students are living in a world of 24/7 access to technology that enables learning and communication in a way that was not possible even a few years ago. This workshop will help you to learn about the digital landscape our students are now living in, and how educators can help students think critically and make responsible choices to improve achievement. We will be exploring some of the free K-12 resources available through Common Sense Media and how to implement them in your classrooms and schools.
Integrating Technology into the World Language Classroom
Technology has produced new communication opportunities, created new ways to participate in culture, and redefined what we call community. This session will focus on integrating MLTI tools into the World Language learners’ experience. We will explore ways to use technology to immerse learners in authentic language and cultural experiences while keeping an eye on assessment and other realities like the Common Core and the Maine Learning Results.
Where’s the Evidence? Digital Tools, Source Material and the Social Studies Classroom

As emerging social scientists, students must have the skills to locate, interpret and use primary and secondary sources in their work. The wealth of source material online, and the digital tools to utilize these resources, present humanities teachers with enormous opportunities to develop these skills in their classes. This workshop will provide educators with strategies for using source material with students: how to find the resources, incorporate source material in student writing, and having students present their interpretations to the world.


Architecting the Future of Education: 2012 MLTI Summer Institute

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is scheduled for July 24 – 26th at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Like last year, we’ll continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

Please visit our website to view the cohorts available.  When registering, you’ll select the cohort of your choice and spend the institute working with the same group in order to maximize the learning experience.  Each cohort is limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise stated), so don’t delay in registering!  Registration for cohorts will be first come, first serve but we will make our best efforts to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

Along with MLTI cohorts being offered, MLTI has joined forces with the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning to offer a cohort designed for school teams.  To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the cohort page. Costs associated with this cohort are slightly different due to extra meeting times schedule in the fall (FMI).

Want to attend but are looking to save some money on registration?  Here are some options for you:

1.  Submit a poster session proposal – save 20% if you are selected to present.
2.  Are you an ACTEM member or a teacher at an ACTEM institutional member school?  ACTEM is offering 40 $75.00 scholarships!

Online Registration

Learn more about the 2012 MLTI Summer Institute on our website

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson.

Beyond the Worksheet: Project Design in Math – May 3 Webinar

May 1st, 2012 Comments off

blueprintOpen any math textbook today, and you will encounter page after page of worksheet-style problem sets. These have their uses, of course – but they do not provide the kinds of challenges that will truly exercise students’ creative capabilities, or encourage them to use math as a thinking tool throughout their lives. In this webinar we will see how to construct these challenges using the tools provided by the MLTI. We will review frameworks that can inform the design process, topical approaches that can provide a meaningful context for this work, and how to use the Common Core Standards to inform development. Throughout we will look at concrete exemplars that both illustrate the approach and can be put to work right away.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, May 3 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm. Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

April 12 Webinar: Art Assessment with MLTI tools

April 11th, 2012 2 comments

Learn to use the tools available on your MLTI MacBook to aid in documenting the learning in your classroom.

Create digital records of student work. Capture formative learning. Organize digital files to aid in assessment and more.


Specific examples will be demonstrated. Use Photo Booth to record images and video. Use QuickTime Player to record audio, video and even Screen Recording. Use Preview to annotate and resize images.  Then utilize NoteShare to not only manage and collect data but also to critique art works.

There are lots of wonderful resources on your MLTI Device.

Bring your questions and your MLTI MacBook. While discussing the why we will demonstrate the how.

Check out this recorded webinar by clicking here.

Please see the MLTI Minutes for even more examples.


Leadership and the Arts: The role of Teachers, Administrators and the Greater Community (Feb 1st Arts Assessment Webinar)

January 30th, 2012 1 comment

We all know that in a culture that values the arts, that it takes a village to ensure that they are given a central role in the lives of its citizens.  It is not enough to simply have “arts classes” in schools; we need a culture that understands, values and supports a solid, quality arts education for our children.  And that requires leadership — not only from the teacher in the classroom, but from administrators in the school and leaders in the community.

In hard economic times, and particularly in times when perceptions about school achievement result in an almost exclusive focus on standardized math and reading test scores, (sound familiar?), support for the arts can decrease. Using arts assessment in the classroom can help teachers show the skills and knowledge their students have gained in the arts, as well as the 21st century skills, such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and communication.  High quality assessment practices in the arts classroom and supportive leadership can give us the evidence to help ensure that our children will continue to be exposed to and benefit from an excellent arts education.

This webinar will examine the various roles of teachers, administrators and community members in keeping the arts alive and well in our schools and communities. Webinar guests include teacher leader, Matt Doiron (Music Educator from Sanford High School), Carol Trimble (Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education), Argy Nestor (Visual & Performing Arts Specialist at Maine Department of Education). Join Rob and Catherine as they facilitate a discussion with leaders in arts education and the community.  Call-in participants take an active role in the discussion too, so this is guaranteed to be a lively and interesting forum.

To join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring in their Webinar on Wednesday, February 1st go online to (sign in as “guest”).

Conference Number: 1-866-910-4857, Passcode: 140893


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An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This? (Arts Assessment Initiative Webinar)

January 3rd, 2012 Comments off


Join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring and Guests on their webinar on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 pm.  The topic promises to inspire a lively exchange:  “An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This?
 Addressing the Unique Needs of Elementary Arts Educators”.  This will be the fourth of five webinars on arts assessment, as part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.

The discussion will survey participants about the challenges of doing arts assessments at the elementary level.  After all, how can anyone expect that teachers will be able to teach and assess student work when they see 400 students for 40 minutes per week? Amazingly, arts educators are doing it and finding ways that make a difference for kids. Rob and Catherine will facilitate a discussion with their guests, Alice Sullivan (music educator), Shannon Campbell (visual art educator) and Barb Packales (music educator), on the unique challenges to teaching and assessing student work in elementary school, the advantages of assessing the work, and ways to implement quick, do-able and proven strategies that help improve student learning in the arts.

Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine DOE, will also participate and provide her perspective on arts assessment and how to move forward. Lots of resources will be shared.  There will also be information on graduate level courses (provided by the New England Institute for Teacher Education) where participants can take their knowledge and practice of arts assessment to a new level.

To register, please visit the Webcasts tab and follow the directions for registration.

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December 7: Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Webinar

December 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring will be hosting their third webinar in a series of five as part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI).  The webinar entitled Standards Based Assessment In The Arts will take place on December 7, 2011 from 3:30 – 4:30.  Four primary focuses will be discussed:

  • What IS Standards Based Assessment?
  • Standards Based Assessment specifically in the Arts
  • Arts Assessment in practice
  • Looking to the future

Standards Based Assessment continues to be the path education is going down both as a country and as a state. Many questions and concerns arise when we apply “standards” for assessing the arts. In conversation with leaders in the field, this webinar will serve to address what standards based assessment is and isn’t, identify its exciting applications to the arts, and to ease concerns, answer questions and clarify issues around their formal implementation in the classroom. The webinar will conclude by getting a first hand account of where we stand as a country in the revision of the National Arts Standards.

Guests will include USM Professor Jeff Beaudry, President-Elect of State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and NH Department of Education arts consultant Marcia McCaffrey and teacher leaders Leah Olson (Visual Art, Hampden Academy), Charlie Johnson (Visual Art, MDI H.S.) and Jake Sturtevant (Music, Bonny Eagle H.S.).

Click on the Webcast tab above for more information about registering and accessing this webinar.

An initiative of the Maine Department of Education with contributing partners: ACTEM (Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine), District 3 Music Educators, MAAE (Maine Alliance for Arts Education), MAEA (Maine Art Education Association), MECA (Maine College of Art), MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association), MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative), New England Institute for Teacher Education, and USM (University of Southern Maine).


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Dec. 1 Webinar – Assessment 2: Using Assessment to Further Learning

November 28th, 2011 1 comment

Stiggins quoteThanks to everyone who attended the first MLTI assessment webinar on November 17. In that webinar, we discussed summative and formative assessment and how they differ. We took a close look at a definition of formative assessment from Black and Wiliam and then examined their framework for formative assessment. We then turned our attention to collecting evidence of learning. We looked at Anne Davies‘ model for the triangulation of evidence and talked about ways the software on our MLTI devices as well as some web tools can help us collect observations, conversations and products. The discussion was lively with participants adding their experiences and ideas for improving assessment practice. If you missed it, you can find links to the recordings on our Archives page.

In this week’s webinar we will continue our assessment conversation as we discuss how we can use the evidence we collect to help learners make more progress. We will explore ways to clarify learning goals and targets and to establish criteria for success, including a demonstration of some tools for creating conventional matrix-style rubrics and branching rubrics. We will end with a discussion of evaluative and descriptive feedback as we explore ways to use digital tools for giving and receiving feedback and how students can become resources for each other.

Please join us this Thursday, December 1 at 3:15 or 7:15. Click on the Webcast tab above for more information about registering and accessing this webinar.


Nov. 17 Webinar – Assessment 1: What Do They Really Know and What Can They Really Do?

November 14th, 2011 Comments off
Students taking test

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When we think of assessment, often the first thing that comes to mind is a high-stakes test. Although the MEAs, the NECAPs, and the SATs play a part in determining how our students are doing, a balanced assessment plan has many other components. Effective teachers ask themselves, “What do they really know and what can they really do?” as they question, observe, and conference with students about their work every day. They also involve students in the assessment process by asking them to reflect on their own work and the work of their peers and to become resources for each other.

This week’s webinar is the first of two sessions in which we will explore summative and formative assessments and the role they play in a balanced assessment plan. In this first session, we will discuss the differences between summative and formative assessments and consider ideas from Ann Davies, Rick Stiggins, Dylan Wiliam and others. We will then take a close look at how we can use technology to gather evidence of learning and capture the learner’s thinking. On December 1, we will continue the conversation as we discuss how we can use this evidence to help learners make more progress.

Please join us this Thursday at 3:15 pm. or 7:15 pm. For more information about accessing our MLTI webinars or to register, please click on the Webcasts tab at the top of this page.