Domino Data Lab - April 2021

NSTA Engage: Spring21 - Sessions





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Wednesday, April 14
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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Up to Code: Challenging and Engaging Learners Through Coding

Challenge and assess 21st-century learners through coding! We’ll explore code-based assessment or extension options related to a variety of NGSS Practices and Core Ideas.

Takeaways: 1. Challenging students to think critically and creatively through science-based coding projects builds competency in 21st-century skills while providing an innovative assessment opportunity; 2. Science practices and core ideas can be assessed through projects requiring varying levels of coding proficiency; and 3. Allowing students to creatively express their understanding of ideas can promote equity in access to computer science, enhance motivation and achievement, and provide another avenue for students to recognize their strengths.


Ashley Townsend (Oak Grove Primary School: Prairieville, LA)

Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Using Daily Life Probes to Uncover Students' Ideas in Engineering and Technology

Learn how to use purposefully designed, engaging questions to elicit and address students’ commonly held ideas about core concepts and practices in engineering and technology.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1) how formative assessment probes reveal students' ideas about engineering and technology, including common misconceptions and stereotypes about engineers; 2) how to embed the engineering and technology probes into instruction; 3) how the engineering and technology probes support disciplinary core ideas and practices; and 4) how the probes can be integrated into activities at home in this time of distance learning.


Cary Sneider (Portland State University: Portland, OR), Mihir Ravel (Olin College of Engineering: Needham, MA), Page Keeley (The Keeley Group: Fort Myers, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

USI Web Site and Blog
Web site where you can learn more about the USI series, a blog, additional resources, and professional learning opportunities

Wednesday, April 21
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ET
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How Can We Make Something New That Was Not There Before? Explore How to Support Student Sensemaking Through Three-Dimensional Assessment

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the Chemical Reactions unit and how three-dimensional assessment is embedded throughout the unit to support student sensemaking.

Takeaways: Participants will understand: 1. the anchoring phenomena for the unit; 2. the storyline for the unit and how it supports coherence from the student perspective; and 3. the embedded assessments and features of the instructional model that supports all students in successful sensemaking.


Jamie Deutch Noll (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Dawn Novak (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Saturday, April 24
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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NGSS-Focused Summative Classroom Assessments of Three-Dimensional Learning

Explore benchmark assessments and scoring guides you can use to assess students’ three-dimensional learning related to middle school performance expectations.

Takeaways: 1. True 3-D assessments incorporate the SEP, CCC, and DCI for a PE in such a way as to elicit student responses demonstrating knowledge of all dimensions; 2. Phenomena and scenarios provide context for assessments that help elicit 3-D responses from students; and 3. Attention to potential equity, access, and bias supports the design of assessments that better elicit demonstration of knowledge and understanding from all students.


Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Wednesday, April 28
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science

Attendees will learn about unique and interactive assessments that go beyond multiple choice tests. These options offer learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their mastery of content. Varied assessment options will be explored, including alternative testing questions, interactive assessments, concept maps, and projects.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about alternate ways of assessing student learning that allows all learners to demonstrate mastery of content; 2. Alternate midterm and final exams options will be shared; and 3. Attendees will learn how to create valid assessments for English Learners.


Stephanie Matson (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH), Kimberly Thesing (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH)

Thursday, April 29
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

Takeaways: 1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.


Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Saturday, May 1
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET
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Responsive Assessment

Why should all students in a class receive the same aseesment questions? Technology tools enable us to tailor assessments for each of our students.

Takeaways: 1. One size does NOT fit all; 2. Google Forms can deliver test questions that match student achievement; and 3. Building a more inclusive classroom benefits everyone.


James Gaffey (Saint Ignatius College Prep: Chicago, IL)