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We should be connecting students with real audiences

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...

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Is computerized essay grading groundbreaking?

the study’s major finding states only that “the results demonstrated that overall, automated essay scoring was capable of producing scores similar to human scores for extended-response writing items.” A paragraph on p. 21 reiterates the same thing: “By and large, the scoring engines did a good [job] of replicating the mean scores for all of...

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A concatenation of glittering vagaries

Robert Shepherd says: One cannot tell [how sophisticated the Xerox automated essay grader] is from the marketing literature, which is a concatenation of glittering vagaries. But even if one had a perfect system of this kind that almost perfectly correlated with scoring by human readers, it would still be the case that NO ONE was...

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The dangers of a single story

Nadia Behizadeh said: If a child does not perform well on [one timed large-scale assessment essay], there will be a single story told about this student: he/she has below basic skills in writing, or maybe even far below basic skills. Yet this same student may be a brilliant poet or have a hundred pages of...

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Academic publishing in two sentences

Academic publishing in two sentences

Time it took my article to appear in print: 3 years. Time it took this blog post to appear online: 5 seconds. [P.S. Not trying to pick on JSL; they’re great. This is an issue endemic to most of our print publications in higher education…] ADDENDUM: Time it took to edit this post four times:...