Tiger Tech Update

Week of April 4

By Request: SBL Tech Tools!

Recently, quite a few teachers have been asking for tech tools that support Standards-Based Learning. I had some ideas of my own, but I thought I'd reach out to all of the great teachers on Twitter to see what they like using. This newsletter highlights some of their suggestions, as well as a few I've worked with (and some I've shared in other newsletters). Since I haven't used all of these, I'm keeping the descriptions pretty simple (sometimes straight from each website) and I've included a link for you to explore the ones that interest you in more depth. Please send me a message if you see any that intrigue you - whether for more information or 1:1 training. Maybe we can learn something new together!


Naiku enables teachers to easily share items and assessments for increased productivity as well as performance data for informed PLCs / teacher teams.

Unlike bubble sheets, Naiku provides instant standards-based insight. Students use any web enabled device. Catch misconceptions during class before they become problems.

Quickly benchmark and track student knowledge to CCSS or local standards at any time, in any subject or grade, to generate the data you need to show student progress.

Leverage powerful, research-based tools such as self-assessment, reflection and confidence with adaptive learning resources to engage students and personalize learning.



Socrative empowers you to engage and assess your students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.



Create a fun learning game in minutes made from a series of multiple choice questions. Add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!

Kahoots are best played in a group setting, like a classroom. Players answer on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson.


Active Grade

Innovative standards-based gradebook layout reveals where individual students are struggling or where a concept might not be getting through to the entire class.

Organize your classroom into specific learning goals (known as standards) which are concepts or skills a student must master before moving on. Create your own or input common core standards.

ActiveGrade's algorithms are more responsive than traditional grade averages, reflecting what a student has learned instead of the points they've accumulated.

Record assessment results and personalized feedback for multiple students over multiple standards at once, or for an individual student in an individual standard with ease.



Quizizz allows you to create and play awesome multiplayer quiz games, both in class and at home.

Avatars, leaderboards, themes, music and memes! We're always working on new ways to keep things interesting!

The Quizizz editor makes it super-easy to create great quizzes in no time. Learn more

While your students are having a blast, you are provided with detailed class and student-level data.



I've shared this tool with all of you in the past, but it really has become essential for assessments in my SBL class. Create quick, digital assessments that students can write on. Great grading tools that are color-coded to show mastery. I use it at least once a week.


Class Kick

Give students more feedback than ever! Classkick is a magic whiteboard that students work on and get help instantly from their teacher and peers.


Pear Deck

With Pear Deck, bring interactive, engaging slide presentations to your classroom. Real-time formative assessments and discussions enhance understanding.


The Answer Pad

The Answer Pad is cloud-based app that creates an interactive dialogue between teachers and students in the classroom. This is done by making a variety of response types, drawings, canvases, and templates available to students on any device with an internet connection.

Essentially, the Answer Pad is two tools hosted within a single platform:

1.Interactive - A graphical student response system providing teachers with immediate feedback on students' comprehension of the content being taught.

2. Answer Sheets - A grading solution for teacher created paper tests.

On top of that, The Answer Pad offers the ability to leave feedback, track analytics, and align activities to curricular standards. It's an excellent application and takes the "clicker" student response systems to the next level by allowing for a huge variety of templates and answer-types.



Find high quality videos on any topic. Browse our gallery for great ready-to-use lessons.

Add images, text, and questions to any online video, creating interactive lessons that meet your learners’ needs.

Share video lessons with a simple link, or embed directly in your LMS, blog, or website.

Get actionable data on personal responses from learners with award-winning analytics. Instantly measure understanding and differentiate instruction.


One Last Thing: Twitter Challenge

Eleven staff members and administrators participated in the first Springfield Public Schools Twitter Challenge during the final three weeks of March. Participants learned how to follow others on Twitter, how to link websites and photos in a tweet, and where to find relevant hashtags to follow. They also shared highlights from their classrooms/schools. Every day, a different participant was drawn for a prize (usually chocolate-inspired!), and each week a winner was drawn for a $10 gift card to Tauer's. At the end of the challenge, Jena Veenstra's name was drawn to win the Grand Prize - 50 minutes of free time while Jeff Kuehn subs in her classroom!

Twitter is a great way to share positive messages about your students, and to learn from other educators. The school hashtag is #TigerPrideSPS. Please feel free to check it out to read the tweets Springfield staff have been posting, and post your own school-related tweets as well! Below, I've linked to three "Storify" pages that archive the three weeks of the Twitter Challenge. Scrolling through the pages will give you a good overview of what your fellow staff members have been up to.

Thank you, once again, to the following staff members for participating in the March Twitter Challenge: Brynne Roeder, Diana Veenstra, Michelle Adrian, Pat Moriarty, Jena Veenstra, Stephanie Bertram, Paul Arnoldi, Stephen Seaberg, Elizabeth Madsen, Jeff Kuehn, and Mandy Brown.