iPad and Formative Assessment

Tools That Foster Metacognition in Math


Cathy Yenca

Mathematics Teacher

Hill Country Middle School, Austin TX

Apple Distinguished Educator

Sometimes, Our Students Don't Know What They Don't Know.

How can we access data that informs our instruction AND helps students think about THEIR OWN thinking?

What is ThatQuiz?

Simply put, ThatQuiz is a free, online quizzing app. ThatQuiz can be used spontaneously, or with password-protected logins. ThatQuiz generates quizzes randomly using chosen constraints, and can serve as a platform to create assessments. Quizzes that have been created and shared by other teachers are also available.

ThatQuiz may be the tool for you if you want:

  • Focused skill practice and remediation
  • A simple way to pre-test and post-test
  • Immediate feedback to inform instruction for teacher to take appropriate actions
  • Immediate feedback for students to reflect and revise

Don't let the lack of bells and whistles fool you.

How to Use ThatQuiz "On The Fly"

  • Ask students to choose a specific topic from ThatQuiz's front-page menu
  • Select desired constraints on the left side
  • View student screens for feedback
  • Students reflect on errors, reteaching, student tries again, etc. "Feedback loop"

ThatQuiz Best-Practices

  • Set up a free teacher account and password-protected student accounts
  • Generate and assign quizzes based on constraints... OR...
  • Browse quizzes designed by other teachers... OR...
  • Design your own quizzes from scratch
  • With password-protected logins, easily track student data all year!

Click on Each Student Score for a Quick Summary

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What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is a mobile app or web app that enables content delivery and assessment. A NPP (Nearpod presentation) consists of PDF slides and interactive tools, such as quizzes, polls, websites, videos, and the opportunity to draw. Data is provided in real-time to the teacher, and can be shared with students to promote metacognition and error analysis.

Nearpod may be the tool for you if you want:

  • Seamless delivery of instruction and assessment
  • Ability to instantly view and share student work samples anonymously
  • A variety of assessment tools, such as polls, quizzes, and more!
Nearpod Mobile App

Free app available in iTunes

Nearpod on the Web

Nearpod on the web can be used with a variety of devices!

Nearpod Best-Practices

  • Refresh an existing presentation. Save as a PDF and upload to Nearpod.
  • Insert assessment tools often! Polls, quizzes and "draw" slides are great for math!
  • Launch student work anonymously to all students' screens. This is a great way to facilitate rich, mathematical discussions and authentic error analysis right away... not to mention a little motivation and positive peer pressure!

How to Use Nearpod "On The Fly"... Sort Of

  • Create simple Nearpod "templates" that are not content-specific
  • Consider a template for assessing prior knowledge and/or reviewing homework
  • Use as often as needed!

Recipe for Successful, Reusable Nearpod "Templates"

  1. An intro slide with instructions for students
  2. A "draw" feature for students to work out a problem
  3. A "poll" to ask students how well they think they understand the current concept
  4. A closure or "thank you" slide
iBook ONE BEST THING: Progress Monitoring With Nearpod

Using the Nearpod app and a "template model", instant formative assessment feedback has helped middle school students "know what they don't know". Cathy Yenca's One Best Thing guides teachers through the process of creating simple Nearpod templates.

New lessons with Nearpod!

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Thank You!