September 2017

Formative Assessment Tools and the Art of Teaching

By |2018-02-22T00:04:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Formative Assessment Tools and the Science of Teaching There are two critical keys to exceptional teaching. The first, effective transmission of content and skills as measured by formative assessment (short and medium cycle) and summative assessment. This scientific approach to student mastery relies on rigorous measurement. It is the key to identifying what doesn't work and improving on what does. [...]

January 2016

SHOULD WE GRADE TEACHERS?

By |2016-01-26T06:58:50+00:00January 26th, 2016|

Under-resourced, under attack, and over worked… Teachers are under a staggering amount of pressure. Each year they are asked to get better results, with larger classes, and without the resources to leverage personalized learning. How can we effectively evaluate them, is it even possible? Should teachers in wealthy districts be [...]

October 2014

End of Quarter Grades Are Due, Let My Teachermade App Quick Key Mobile Help!

By |2014-10-23T14:17:00+00:00October 23rd, 2014|

October 2014  October Brings End of the Quarter Testing, and Quick Key Mobile Can Help! Quick Key Mobile turns your mobile device into a scanner and eliminates hand-grading of paper assessments, even for teachers working in classrooms without a computer or an internet connection. Analytics and data exports are fast and easy, so you can focus on your [...]

June 2014

May 2014

NY Times: This Smart Girl Says Thank You

By |2014-05-23T16:07:00+00:00May 23rd, 2014|

John Gress/Reuters True Grit According Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, "In 2011, a malnourished 14-year-old Vietnamese village girl named Phung arose in the wee hours each morning in a herculean struggle to get an education. After I wrote about her, readers responded with a torrent of $750,000 in donations to Room to Read, the aid organization helping [...]

NY Times: Who Gets to Graduate

By |2014-05-20T18:42:00+00:00May 20th, 2014|

Vanessa Brewer  Credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times According to a recent New York Times article, "More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country [...]

New York Times: Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between

By |2014-05-14T16:02:00+00:00May 14th, 2014|

Both the Middle School for Arts and Philosophy and Kings Collegiate Charter School are housed at PS 588 in Brownsville, N.Y. Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times It is not an understatement to say that there is tension between Charter Schools and Public Schools.  According to the New York Times,  “'It’s like putting a Burger [...]

ARC Capital Invests in Quick Key Mobile!

By |2014-05-12T19:40:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|

This week Quick Key Mobile closed on a private placement with global education venture fund ARC Capital Development, LLC. And the hits just keep on coming! April was a big month for us here at Quick Key. We crossed over 250,000 total quizzes scanned since our launch in September, and over 5 million student responses recorded [...]

THE NEW YORKER: LOUIS C.K. AGAINST THE COMMON CORE

By |2014-05-09T18:50:00+00:00May 9th, 2014|

Louis C.K. painting by Cara & Louie When a popular comedian takes to social media to talk about the Common Core and testing the world takes notice. Louis C.K. took to Twitter to share his frustrations. According to C.K., “The teachers are great...But it’s changed in recent years. It’s all about these tests. It feels like a dark [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week: #TEACHINGIS

By |2014-05-06T14:36:00+00:00May 6th, 2014|

Teacher Appreciation week has arrived! For many of us, that means a Starbucks gift card or even the occasional apple. This year the Center for Teaching Quality has launched an interesting social media campaign. According to the CTQ, "Participating is easy! Tell the world what #TeachingIs to you. Share your definitions, stories, small (and big!) wins, and manifestos [...]