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Ch 2: MTTC History: Tools for the Classroom

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Prepare for the MTTC History exam simply and easily with these short and engaging video lessons and quizzes. Quickly get up to speed on the classroom tools and technology you'll need to assess students' understanding of history topics.

MTTC History: Tools for the Classroom - Chapter Summary

Freshen your knowledge of the various forms of assessment used in the classroom and the different types of technology you can incorporate into your history lessons with the videos in this chapter. These videos emphasize all the important concepts you'll need to know about to answer related questions on the MTTC History exam, including:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of technology
  • Common types of technology tools
  • Assessment's importance in education
  • Informal, formal, performance and paper-pencil assessments
  • Formative and summative evaluations
  • Pros and cons of standardized tests
  • Special education assessments

The lessons in this chapter are taught by subject-matter experts who break down large concepts, like performance assessments, into smaller chunks that make retaining this info quick and easy. A transcript is included with each lesson so that you can reference key terms or just follow along with the video. Video tags let you re-watch main topics from the videos as you prepare for the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Tools for the Classroom Chapter

The state of Michigan requires aspiring history teachers to take the MTTC History exam as part of the licensing process. This multiple-choice exam gauges your understanding of important history concepts in preparation for leading classrooms. About 10% of the exam asks questions on historical concepts and skills, including questions about instructional assessment approaches and use of technology in the history classroom.

The questions on the exam feature a passage of info that you'll need to read before selecting an appropriate answer from a series of responses to the info. Use our self-assessment quizzes to get familiar with the format of the questions on the exam and to reaffirm your knowledge of the topics you'll be asked about.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTTC History: Tools for the Classroom
Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

1. Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

Teachers in today's schools need to be aware of the uses of educational technology. This lesson explains both the advantages and disadvantages of using technology in the classroom.

The Importance of Assessment in Education

2. The Importance of Assessment in Education

Assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. This lesson gives an overview of assessment, why it benefits both teachers and students, and the three most common forms of assessment.

Different Types of Classroom Technology

3. Different Types of Classroom Technology

Technology can broaden the horizons of your students right inside of your classroom. This lesson explores the various types of technology that can be used to liven up everything you teach.

Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

4. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

5. Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

If you have ever attended a public school or college you have been subjected to a form of standardized assessment. These assessments serve multiple purposes and provide valuable information regarding one's abilities, understanding and potential. This lesson will introduce you to the types of standardized assessments commonly used in schools and discuss two other types of assessments: formative and summative.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

6. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

Standardized tests are used frequently in educational settings. This lesson will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these tests and also explore factors that impact standardized test performance.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

8. Special Education and Ecological Assessments

An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.

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