SMART Response Reports: Reaping the Real Benefits of Data Driven Instruction

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 below, 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.

Have a question? Have another favorite report you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!


Bob Jackman

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 an Account Manager at The Chariot Group, Inc.

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4 comments for “SMART Response Reports: Reaping the Real Benefits of Data Driven Instruction

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    May 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I really like your video, I am currently putting together professional development for my school site on the power of exporting reports to excel. I like your uses of color to highlight just the intervention students. I was color coding all students. After watching your video I see how color coding only the one group really makes them pop. Secondly I am running into a new problem with exporting that I did not use to have and was wondering if you have come across this problem. Our computers are now not allowing us to export reports with more then 20 standards or 20 students selected. We did not have this problem before May. With our class sizes being bigger then 20 and with our summative test having more then 20 standards this has become problematic. Have you come across this problem? Any advice?

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    Bob Jackman
    May 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Thanks. Yes, I have seen that problem. It comes with the newer version of Notebook 11.1. I talked to the product manager and they said there were performance issues and that they limited it to 20 students. I told him about this problem and suggested that they put in a warning message rather than a limiter. That way it will warn you that issues can come up with too much data and that if you experience performance issues or that it is recommended to only run 20 students or less. So that is something that might change, we will have to wait and see. The only other solution is to go back to 11 SP1 for the time being, or just run up to 20 students at a time.

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