How to Develop a Collaborative, Targeted Intervention Program for Your School
Data in itself is unimportant; it’s what we do with the data that makes a difference.
Note: The information contained within this post is somewhat technical. While I tried to make it as non-technical as possible, I would still advise you to have someone with a technical background assist you if you’re uncomfortable with technical information.
The picture below illustrates an example of a student’s grades on an assessment, which is available online for around-the-clock access by parents and students. The data (shown in the “Response” column) was collected using eInstruction CPS clickers, exported to a CSV spreadsheet, and then uploaded to a self-hosted WordPress blog. Each student receives a unique user id and password, which allows them to login and view their own specific results on the assessment.
In most school districts, parents have access to an online grade book where they can view their child’s progress in any given course. While this is a great tool, the objectivity of the grade reported may not mean much. For example, a parent may be able to see that their child made a “72” on a quiz, but what does that grade really mean? Using this setup, you can still give parents access to their children’s grades while also:
- providing specific feedback relating to every question on an assessment
- attaching supplemental resources relevant to the standards of each question
This provides objectivity, targeted intervention, and 24/7 access to grades. Furthermore, it’s compatible with most smart phones that have an internet connection.
What You Need to Get Started:
At a minimum, you’ll be required to have the following:
- Self-hosted WordPress blog (video below describes how to get this)
- Spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel or Google Docs works great)
How to Set it Up:
- Watch the video segment from 1:55 to 3:00 in the video below.
- Follow the KB Gradebook Guide in conjunction with the above segment of video.
In it’s entirety, the video tutorial describes how you can:
- Purchase a web domain and set up a WordPress blog
- Develop a social blogging network that’s inclusive to your school’s needs
- Collaborate amongst teachers and students on statewide testing standards
- Encourage writing in the classroom
- Allow customization beyond what you can do with other paid-for services
Feel free to take the parts that are relevant to your needs and discard the rest.
I highly recommend viewing the video in HD as it shows more detail.
If you struggle with any of the setup, notice that I left anything out, or have any comments, please provide your feedback below.