Research Links - AISI research sites [Assesment and technology]

General Topic

URL or Document
Alberta Student Assessment Study
Study conducted by U of C on student and teacher perceptions of assessment in Alberta
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Digital Citizenship
Using Digital Images
Considerations when using images off the web.

Digital Citizenship
Foundational Lesson Plans (elementary and secondary)
- digital compass
- digital driver's license
Lesson Plans to use with students in relation to digital citizenship
Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship
A series of lessons to be used with teachers to explore digital citizenship
Focus Groups
Beyond Student Satisfaction Surveys: Designing a Student Focus Group to Assess Academic Advising
Article from Penn State University on things to consider when conducting focus groups
- creation of questions
- size of focus group
- using the information gathered
Student Focus Groups
Speak Out Alberta
See p. 20 of this document to see the questions students were asked.
Student Questions
Why Listen to Students?
This site provides some sample questions to ask students about their learning.
Planning Toolkit for Administrators from Alberta Education
Provides and process and questions to ask when examining technology in schools.
Technology Integration
Profiling Education Technology Integration for Assessing Readiness and use
Teacher Survey
Building Survey
District Survey
Site Visit Protocols
Teacher Learning
Top 40 Podcasts for Teachers
Everything from the Teacher's Podcast to Keeping them Engaged to Shakespeare to Science to everything in between.
Student Projects
Voicethread 4 Education Wiki
Hello and welcome to the VoiceThread 4 Education wiki. This wiki was started by Colette Cassinelli ( but because of contributors like YOU - it has grown to be comprehensive collection of VoiceThread examples from students and teachers of all ages and groups. The purpose of this wiki is to gather examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classrooms (or for professional development) and to share those examples.
In case you are unfamiliar with what we are talking about - a VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.
Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers
For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.
Web 2.0
Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education (2009)
In order to make this list, a site had to be:
  • accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.
  • free-of-charge.
  • appropriate for classroom use.
  • completely browser-based with no download required.
It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2008, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2009.
You might also be interested in exploring the 300 other “The Best…” lists that I’ve posted over the past two years.
Critical Thiniking
Critical Thinking at Forest Green
There is a team of 5 teachers from Forest Green, CFL, and Stony Creek who are working together as Lead Teachers to embed critical thinking practices into our everyday learning. We will be making use of this blog to post ideas, accomplishments, challenges, and thoughts as we move forward.
Virtual Field Trip
100+ Virtual Field Trips
Have you ever wanted to take your students on a journey deep inside a volcano or down in the depths of the ocean floor? What about traveling back in time to ancient Rome or touring a famous art museum?
If you haven't used a virtual field trip in your classroom's the time to start!
They are great for all age levels and curriculum areas...not to mention fun and FREE!
You could spend a few hours creating your own virtual field trip (even more if you don't know what they are or how to use them...) OR you could download our FREE Virtual Field Trip Tool Kit.
The tool kit includes:
- SimpleK12's online learning tutorial about Virtual Field Trips (what it is and how to use them)
- A collection of 100+ FREE Virtual Field Trips available on the web
- Virtual Field Trips Guide for Teachers
- Virtual Field Trips Guide for Administrators
- Classroom integration ideas and tips