Technology Enhanced Items and Galileo's Digital Curriculum Platform
In the months ahead, students across the nation are going to experience new forms of assessment involving a wide variety of technology enhanced (TE) items. In an effort to assist districts and charters to prepare students for the next generation of assessments and curriculum, ATI is introducing the new forms of assessment through its Digital Curriculum Platform in support of instruction aligned to new and changing standards and in order to provide opportunities for students to learn response procedures for the new forms of assessment.
ATI has developed several distinct types of TE items to be introduced in Instructional Dialogs. These include the: multi-part item, selectable text item, sequencing item, expanded selected response item, performance-based item, and customized TE item. As its name implies, the customized TE item can be used to build a broad array of item types. Moreover, the ATI customized TE item type can be used to rapidly emulate new item types that may emerge in the future.
TE items are available in various subjects for kindergarten through high school. Customized TE items for kindergarten contain an audio recording of the item. View a sample TE item
The development of ATI item types has been informed by SBAC and PARCC examples as well as by information from state departments of education. At a more basic level, they have been influenced by the new waves of technology forging the rapidly developing movement toward digital education. Consequently, the ATI TE item types reflect the wide range of TE items likely to be encountered on statewide assessments such as PARCC assessments, SBAC assessments, and state specific assessments including the new AzMERIT assessment.
TE items are designed to accommodate different levels of cognitive complexity. Those items that call for a single correct answer to a question requiring recall or recognition memory are used to assess knowledge and skills involving low levels of complexity. Items requiring the application of multiple interrelated cognitive processes are used to assess knowledge and skills reflecting high levels of cognitive complexity.
The concept of cognitive complexity has important implications related to test-taking skills, test administration, and test scoring. The importance of test-taking skills derives from the lack of student familiarity with the new items. Lack of familiarity may increase the initial difficulty of TE items, which is why we believe that it is useful to ensure that students become familiar with the new TE item types in an instructional environment. Instructional Dialogs provide the kind of instructional environment needed to introduce TE items. Learn the benefits of using TE items in digital curriculum.
Digital Curriculum Platform
The rise of digital technology and its widespread application call for new approaches to the design and implementation of assessment and curriculum. ATI has created a Digital Curriculum Platform providing educators and students many benefits in the changing educational environment. The Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform supports rapid dynamic curriculum development integrating instruction with assessment to promote learning. A Galileo digital curriculum consists of two major components: a series of online Instructional Units defining the scope and sequence of instruction and offering a variety of resources to guide instruction and, within each Unit, a series of online Instructional Dialogs enabling the online delivery of assessment and instruction. What is taught as well as what is learned can be tracked through the digital curriculums.
The new Digital Curriculum Explorer widget on the Teaching Dashboard provides convenient access to digital curriculums containing Units and Dialogs. Click image to enlarge.
Instructional Units outline what will be taught in a designated period of time. Instructional Units typically contain the standards to be addressed, instructional content, resources, and Instructional Dialogs. Instructional resources may include multimedia recordings, links to online resources, and links to other Dialogs. A series of Units can form the complete curriculum for a particular subject and grade. Units may be bulk scheduled for rapid, broad dissemination. Once scheduled, Units are easily accessed from the Class Calendar and Teaching Dashboard.
Instructional Dialogs, supporting online synchronous and asynchronous interactions between teachers and students, integrate assessment into the instructional process to promote learning. ATI offers a variety of Dialogs which are customizable, sharable, and may be linked together to achieve complex instructional goals. They are designed to provide adjustable instruction to target individual students, classes, and even large intervention groups involving multiple classes or schools. TE items are included in Dialogs providing valuable experience with new item types and assessing what has been learned. For multiple-choice items, the student's response to an item prompts real-time feedback to guide learning which evidence shows is more effective than delayed feedback. For TE items and constructed response items, the teacher may use the Writeboard tool to provide immediate feedback. Writeboard technology enables the teacher to add information on the fly to any Dialog slide. Learn the benefits of using Galileo's Digital Curriculum Platform.