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Data driven instruction is a hot topic in education right now. Sometimes it seems like it is more important to give a bunch of assessments and have a bunch of graphs than it is to teach students! But the real point behind this push is to help the teacher more efficiently measure and promote student learning. If we keep that in mind as we look at data everything make more sense.
In the video (see link at top of the page), I highlight some of my favorite reports in SMART Response. These enable teachers to give simple assessments and quickly gather information to help the student learning process. This way teachers are actually using the assessments formatively to shape their instruction to meet the needs of their students.
Bob Jackman is a native of Utah. He graduated with a BA in Music Performance with a teaching certificate from Southern Utah University. Bob taught at Fort Herriman Middle School for four years teaching instrumental music. During that time he earned a Masters of Music from the University of Utah. He spent two years providing Microsoft operating system technical support and 7 years providing technology support for teachers to help them more efficiently use technology to help students learn. This was done while he was in college and while teaching in Herriman. Bob loves technology and education and is excited to put the two together and help teachers use technology to improve student learning. Bob Jackman is the Education Consultant Supervisor at The Chariot Group, Inc.