Friday, September 12, 2014

Free Webinar from Stride Academy

I received an email message from Stride Academy with the offer of a free workshop highlighting new features. To register, go here. While I notice their email (below) lists September 18 at 8:30 AM (not the best time for most teachers), the registration form lists two times:
September 18 8:30AM
September 18 3:30 PM

The drop-down menu to select date and time is near the bottom. You will also see a box where you can ask specific questions you would like to see addressed i the webinar.

Here is the message I received:

Stride Continuing Education Webinars Presents:
NEW Technology-Enhanced Item Types!
Join us on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 a.m. CST
Introducing Technology-Enhanced Items to Prepare Students for More Rigorous Online Assessments...
Stride Academy's innovative new item types require specialized interactions to assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of important content in Math and Reading for Grade 3 through High School.

Practice on these new item types will assist students in preparing for the ACT Aspire, PARCC, Smarter Balanced and other technology-based assessments.
Join us Thursday morning, Sept. 18, at 8:30 a.m. CST, for a preview and discussion of these new formats that your students have already started to see as they work in the Stride Academy program:
  • Drag and Drop 
  • Multiple Selected Response
  • Highlighting of Reading Text
  • Ordering
  • Plotting Points
  • Drop Down Menus
  • Written Response

Our curriculum development team will be adding new Technology-Enhanced Questions to Stride Academy weekly throughout Fall/Winter 2014. Be sure you understand how to assist your students with these new formats, should they have any questions.

Here are a few of the new Technology-Enhanced Item Types you can expect to preview in our webinar:
1. Multiple Selected Response - Student can select more than one correct answer or image.
2. Math Drag and Drop - Student can drag images or text to match correct answers.
3. Reading Drag and Drop - Student may be asked to drag information from one column to the 
next to match pairs, move images or information into the correct sequence, or locate evidence for a response and drag it into place.

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