The Georgia Online Formative Assessment Resource (GOFAR) is a very useful tool for teachers preparing students for the Georgia Milestones and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). GOFAR is a compilation of assessment items that students would most likely experience on those tests. The assessments are rigorous and align to the standards. The State has provided this resource to school districts in Georgia. Through school district administrations, teachers are then able to assign and administer standards based assessments.
What is Under the Hood
Currently, the state says that there are over 1600 assessments from 3rd through High school math, science, social studies and ELA. The questions are primarily at Levels 3 and 4 when it comes to Depth of Knowledge (DOK).
How to Use GOFAR
Below is a useful tutorial from the Georgia DOE.
After you have watched this video, you can now log into GOFAR and create assessments. After you have created an assessment, you have two options: print the assessment you create or administer it online.
The online access link for students to reach the assessments that you create will be located at the link below:
If you administer the assessment online, you will need to provide your students with the link above. To log into the assessment, they will need their GTID and the test code. Your student’s GTID is a state issued testing identification number. It can be located in the student account under the student’s profile. Make certain to write the test code and the test admin codes down for future reference.
Back in August we reported that Newton County Schools through their Superintendent, Samantha Fuhrey, requested a waiver from the state of Georgia to opt out of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System for the upcoming assessments (2017 school year) for third through eighth grade. Ms. Fuhrey was hoping instead to use the Iowa Assessments to assess students.
Well, she received an answer earlier this week from the state. The state as thrown out her request; request denied.
According to Richard wood, if Newton County Schools wish to opt out of the Georgia Milestones they would have to prove that the Iowa Assessments lines up with the Georgia Standards.
The adaptive learning landscape is heating up, big-time. With the development and widespread use of the Common Core Standards by states across the country, it is now more feasible for major education content publishers to get into the learning technology game. Publishers are not just trying to get into this space of technology, they are offering tools that bring individualized lessons and activities. These are lessons that are designed to meet the needs of students based on their current level of performance demonstrated through the platform. This approach is referred to as adaptive learning. Waggle is a Triumph Learning product.
Waggle is an online learning management software that provides lessons, games and assessments in alignment with the Common Core Standards.
Waggle utilizes the Knewton's technology to determine the precise lesson that a student needs to be working on. This allows students to grow in a manner in which they are not being bored by content that that they have already mastered. Also, they will not become overly frustrated, because they are being presented with content that they are not developmentally ready for.
Waggle is reasonably priced at $10.00 per student for each subject. That works out to $20 per student for Math and Reading. For schools and districts, there are site licences available that will bring the cost down per pupil.
Backed by a Reputable Publisher
Waggle is a Triumph Learning product. Therefore, they will have access to high quality content. Triumph is also the publisher of the Coach text series. These texts definitely complement the Waggle Software.
Schools and Districts
According to Waggle, "Our site license starts at schools with student population of 300+. Prices can go as low as $6 per student per subject for Smart Practice for large schools. We are also offering a blended learning grant currently to districts to support their investment in and professional development of Waggle. "
All the games on Waggle are educational in nature. Teachers may assign games to students as a part of the curriculum.
Students earn points for participating in games and practice sessions.
Children as young as six years old are learning how to code in Hong Hong. With 85% of Hong Kong’s population having access to broadband internet, Hong Kong is one of the most wired cities in the world. According to the BBC:
“The global market for mobile applications will more than double from $47.7bn (£30.8bn) in 2014 to $99bn (£64bn) in 2019.” This potentially lucrative career path is causing many to make the sacrifice in order to give their children a head-start and pay for private lessons. The government of Hong Hong is promising to make computer programming compulsory as a part of the secondary school curriculum. This will make computer programming accessible to the entire population.
Children in Hong Kong are getting private lessons in computer coding to keep up with the global competition
Power companies know your behavior, and they know the behavior of companies. In any country in the world, the peak energy demand will be between sun-up and sun-down. For this example, we will use Georgia Power. Georgia Power has three rate periods: on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak. You can use this information to reduce your electricity bill by investing $0.00.
The On-Peak period is defined as the hours between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the calendar months of June through September (Summer Months). The above hours on days in which the following holidays are observed shall be considered Off-Peak: Independence Day and Labor Day.
The Off-Peak period is defined as the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. for weekends, holidays, and the calendar months of October through May. The Off-Peak period for the calendar months of June through September (Summer Months) is defined as the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the hours between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Super Off-Peak period is defined as the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday for all calendar months.
Knowing this simple information can save you money. All you have to do is slightly modify your behavior. The appliances that will consume the most energy in your home will include your air conditioning, washer/dryer, and refrigerator. If you have children at home during the summer time, you will pay more to keep them comfortable.
To save money using this rate schedule, make some sacrifices during the daytime and splurge at night. You can do things such as performing activities at night that requires a lot of electricity: iron, wash and dry clothes, etc. If you have to run your air conditioner during the daytime, increase the temperature threshold for your thermostat and run ceiling fans. While you are at it, you could increase insulation and plant tall trees.