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1 Smarter Balanced Digital Library
Navigating the Digital Library Welcome to Navigating the Digital Library. 1

2 Educator Learning Goals
I understand the Digital Library Log In Procedure. I understand that the Digital Library search functionality facilitates finding resources. There are two learning goals for this tutorial: I understand the Digital Library Log In procedure. I understand that the Digital Library search functionality facilitates finding resources. Page 2 2

3 What the Digital Library is NOT
Lesson plans Quizzes An assessment item bank Benchmark tests Sometimes the easiest way to define something is to start with what it is not… To be clear, the digital library is not a selection of lesson plans, a variety of quizzes, a bank of assessment questions, nor is it a range of benchmark tests.

4 A Balanced Assessment System
Summative assessments Benchmarked to college and career readiness Teachers and schools have information and tools they need to improve teaching and learning Common Core State Standards specify K-12 expectations for college and career readiness All students leave high school college and career ready The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers a balanced three-fold system: the first, summative is the end of the year comprehensive assessment benchmarked to the college and career readiness standards. The second, interim are flexible assessments used as districts and teachers see fit to provide them with actionable feedback as they work toward the summative assessment. The third leg is the digital library of formative assessments, and the focus of our training today. It’s purpose is to provide a collection of both professionally commissioned and teacher developed formative assessment practices and professional learning resources. Teachers from across the consortium worked together to create and vet professional development materials and instructional resources aligned to the standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment system. Educator resources for formative assessment practices to improve instruction Interim assessments Flexible, open, used for actionable feedback Slide 4 4

5 Formative Assessment Process Defined
Formative assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback that is used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students’ self-assessment, reflection and attainment of curricular learning targets/goals. Take a moment to reflect on how this definition aligns with, or does not align with, your current practice and thinking. We know that you all are coming to this session with varying degrees of familiarity with the formative assessment process, as defined by Smarter Balanced. Formative assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback that is used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students’ self-assessment, reflection and attainment of curricular learning targets/goals.

6 Four Attributes Clarify Elicit Intended Evidence Learning Interpret
The formative assessment process attributes are: Clarify Intended Learning Elicit Evidence Act on Interpret This clover portrays the four steps of the formative assessment process: clarifying intended learning, eliciting evidence, interpreting evidence and acting on evidence. 6 6

7 Digital Library Resources
Assessment Literacy Modules Commissioned Professional Learning Modules Resources for educators, students and families Frame Formative Assessment within a Balanced Assessment System Articulate the Formative Assessment Process Highlight Formative Assessment Practices and Tools Exemplar Instructional Modules Commissioned Professional Learning Modules Instructional coaching for educators Instructional materials for students Demonstrate/support effective implementation of the formative assessment process Focus on key content and practice from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts The digital library contains three different kinds of formative assessment resources: the assessment literacy modules which focus on assessment practices (regardless of content), the exemplar instructional modules that focus on formative assessment in the content standards. And the education resources created and vetted by SBAC and Missouri teachers to reflect formative assessment processes. Education Resources High-quality vetted instructional resources and tools for educators High-quality vetted resources and tools for students and families Reflect and support the formative assessment process Reflect and support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts Create Professional Learning Communities Slide 7 7

8 Digital Library Functionality
Illustrative Allows educators to view, download, and rate resources Uses state-of-the-art tagging and search to quickly find resources by CCSS and other topics Enables educators from across the Consortium to collaborate and share their knowledge Facilitates access to resources that are stored in participating libraries The Digital Library is the tool that the Consortium will use to disseminate resources to teachers. The Library provides state-of-the-art functionality for educators, including the ability for educators from across the Consortium to collaborate and share their knowledge. Slide 8 8

9 To access the Digital Library
Here’s the address for the digital library. Please note the “s” making it a secure site, and include that as you type in the url.

10 Navigate to the Digital Library
Your district test coordinator has probably already on-boarded you and you should receive username and password via from Smarter Balanced.

11 Welcome Tutorial Once you’ve logged in, your first screen is likely to be a Welcome Tutorial. This feature will help direct you through the Digital Library.

12 Account This is the Personal Profile page.
This is where you provide information about yourself and decide what information will be visible to other users of the Digital Library. The software will also use this information to sort resources for you to review. It will provide materials that match the areas of expertise you identify. 12 12

13 Personal Information * Required information will have a red asterisk.
The first section under the Account tab is Personal Information. You will notice it has a red asterisk. You are required to complete every section, tab, and field with this symbol. On this page, you will enter your first name and last name, and then select your title from the drop-down menu. You will also have the option of uploading a profile picture and adding some background information in the “About Me” section. There is a green “Save Changes” button at the bottom right side of the screen. Click this button to save your personal information before moving to the next tab. * Required information will have a red asterisk. 13 13

14 Expertise After entering personal information, click the Expertise tab on the left side of the screen to add information about your professional background. Select the appropriate subject(s), grade(s), and student population(s) that apply to you. When you click in each box, a drop-down menu of choices will appear for each field. The “Student Population(s)” field is shown as an example. The Expertise tab is important because the information you provide here determines the resources that the software will recommend for you to review later. This tab also has a green “Save Changes” button at the bottom right side of the screen. Click this button to save information on your expertise. 14 14

15 Privacy After entering your expertise, you may want to click the Privacy tab on the left side to specify what personal information you would like to make visible to other educators in the Digital Library. Please note that users cannot access your full account and no information will be displayed publicly outside of the Digital Library. Click the Save Changes button on the bottom right side of the screen to save your privacy choices. 15 15

16 Return to your Personal Profile
You can return to your personalized profile page from anywhere in the site by clicking on your name in the header at the top of the screen and selecting Account. 16 16

17 The Digital Library Once you have perused the Welcome Tutorial and have set up your personal profile, you’re ready to begin using the Digital library. From the onset you’ll see various tabs for you to explore and filters you can apply.

18 Digital Library Resources
Once you’ve applied filters and searched, the number of resources available is displayed here.

19 Filter Digital Library Resources
Should you not want to see the filters, you can hide the categories.

20 Filter Digital Library Resources
Once you have selected your filters, click “Apply Filters.” You may also clear your filter choices by clicking “Reset Filters.” 20 20

21 Using the Filters to Find Resources

22 Show More Resources To see more resources, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Show More Resources.” The next 12 resources will be displayed. When you click on the title of a resource, you will be able to view its Cover Profile. Page 22 22

23 Filter Digital Library Resources
After applying your selected filters, you may also edit those filters by clicking “Edit Filters.” 23 23

24 Search Digital Library Resources
The second way to search for resources is to use the search bar in the upper right corner of the screen. Type key words in the oval next to the magnifying glass. Press the enter or return key to complete your search. Resource containing these words will be displayed 24 24

25 Sort Digital Library Resources
Once you apply the filters most appropriate to your needs, the Digital Library resources can be sorted by a variety of lenses.

26 Digital Library: Collaboration
Digital Library users can participate in a discussion with other educators about a specific resource by accessing the collaboration tab on the resource profile. Users can choose to join an active discussion or start a new topic. 26

27 Digital Library: Collaboration
After a Digital Library user clicks on a particular topic, they can view the topic title, description, and any attached materials. Users can view the discussion thread and choose to reply to the topic or an individual post. Users can recommend discussion posts that they find helpful, so that other users can quickly find the information they are looking for. 27

28 Digital Library: Collaboration
Digital Library users can flag discussion topics and posts by selecting a flag reason and rationale 28

29 Digital Library: Collaboration
Digital Library users can also access forums by selecting the Forums tab from the navigation header. Resource forums contain the discussions that occurred on the collaboration tab of a resource. Each resource forum is the name of a resource. 29

30 Digital Library: Collaboration
A resource forum displays the summary of the resource and the discussion topics. The topics tab is the same as the collaboration tab on the resource profile. 30

31 Digital Library: Collaboration
Digital Library users can view the participants of the forum by accessing the Participants tab, so that they can easily identify the leaders who are contributing to the forum. Participants are other Digital Library users that have contributed to the forum by posting a topic or reply to the forum. 31

32 Digital Library: Collaboration
The Topics Forum contains Forums that are not Resources specific that can vary from help forums in navigating the Digital Library to forums for ELA high school teachers.  32

33 Digital Library: Collaboration
Topic Forums display the description as entered by the forum facilitator and the list of discussion topics 33

34 Digital Library: Collaboration
Users can favorite forums that they enjoy so that they can easily access them again. Forums that have been added as a favorite can be accessed through the Favorites tab. Clicking a forum from the Favorites tab will take the user directly to the forum. 34

35 Commissioned Modules

36 Commissioned Modules Overview
15-minute interactive, online professional learning experience Transform educational practice using the Formative Assessment Process Coach educators to use the formative assessment process and embody the process in module design Reflect UDL principles and support for diverse groups of learners Engage educators long enough to communicate essential ideas, but short enough that educators will use them The commissioned modules are short, interactive online learning experiences that coach educators through the formative assessment process. They use both live-action and animated vignettes to model the professional learning.

37 Proposed List of Commissioned Modules
30 Assessment Literacy Modules 31 ELA Instructional Modules 31 Math Instructional Modules 10 Score Report Modules 102 Modules have been commissioned. 10 are in the final stages, this number will continue to grow week by week.

38 Accessing the Commissioned Modules
There are four Module types available: Assessment Literacy Modules, ELA Exemplar Instructional Modules, Math Exemplar Instructional Modules, and Interim and Summative Score Report Modules. Select the module type of interest by clicking in the applicable blank check box.

39 Accessing the Commissioned Modules
Once you’ve selected the module type, your selected filter will appear. Click Apply Filter.

40 Commissioned Modules The commissioned modules available will appear.

41 Exploration and Resources
Enjoy your exploration of the SBAC digital library of formative assessments!

42 Help Desk All Users of the Digital Library: The Digital Library will have Help Desk support until September 30, Help Desk staff are trained to help end users with navigation of the Digital Library, how to find and comment on the resources, and how to participate in collaboration forums. The address is Should you need help as you use the library, a help desk has been established to offer you aid. Feel free to contact them for help within approximately 24 hours.

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