Monday, December 8, 2014

Edwin: A Way to Integrate Initiatives

I attended the Edwin roadshow both last year and this year and have been very impressed with the progression of this tool.  Many kinks have been ironed out and Edwin can now truly be considered a one-stop shop.  When utilized fully, Edwin can be a place to track DDMs, access curriculum, create and analyze both formative and summative assessments, conduct interventions, and generate data graphs.  Although most of us are very familiar with how Edwin Analytics works, Edwin Teaching and Learning has remained a mystery to many.  The intent of this week’s blog post is to demystify this tool and give you some concrete Edwin Teaching and Learning resources.

The first resource is the most traditional: ESE's Edwin Teaching and Learning website.  If you would like your district to be an active Edwin user, this is where you need to start!  The website includes nuts and bolts of SIF compliance, archived webinars, and quick overview videos.

If your district has already committed to Edwin, you have access to live webinars as well.  Here is a list of the upcoming live webinars:

·         Entering External Assessments-What Makes it Quick 12/9 at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm

·         Sharing Classroom Assessments-Grouping and Intervention 12/10 at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm

·         Assessment Results for Teachers-Images and Addendums 12/11 at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm

Our final resource is a link to Thinkgate TV.  Thinkgate is the mastermind behind Edwin Teaching and Learning and they have taken a Khan Academy type approach to their trainings.  Thinkgate TV offers dozens of specialized tutorial videos that support Edwin Teaching and Learning users through every step of the process.  This is a brand new resource that has the potential to be extremely valuable.

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