Tips from the Trenches

Vol. 1 January 2016

Volume 1 Focus: The Road to Paperless Grading

Tech and Teaching: Cutting down on the monster that has become GRADING!


Below are examples of tech-based options for both summative and formative assessment ideas. Most options listed have both a mobile and desktop version. Students will be required to have a device of some kind to participate. Use the links to either watch a video OR read about the features, pricing, etc.


If you are looking for another option, we can work together to explore other resources. Also, please remember you have FANTASTIC Wayne Township iTEC teachers who are embedded in your school who are EXPERTS!

Paperless Grading: Formative Assessment Ideas


1) Socrative (My personal favorite for formative assessments!)

  • An online student response/clicker system. Students can travel at their own pace or you can set-up a "race". Responses are recorded and students enter a "room" on the internet to take quiz. Can choose from thousands of pre-made assessments OR make your own.


2) Kahoot!

  • An online student response/clicker system. Students develop own username and must answer questions in a time manner and as a class . Responses are recorded and students enter a "room" on the internet to take quiz. Can choose from thousands of pre-made assessments OR make your own.


3) Polleverywhere

  • An online student response/clicker system. Responses are recorded as a class. A great way to quickly gauge student learning. No individual responses recorded for free version. No need to download an app, etc. for students to use.


4) Google forms with Flubaroo


  • Using Google forms and a Flubaroo add-on, teachers can create online assessments and have data automatically recorded. You can also use this to assign a quiz/test via Google classroom.

Paperless Grading: Summative Assessment Ideas


1) Skyward Assessments
  • Develop online assessments using Skyward. This feature randomizes question order, uploads grades directly to your gradebook and has an option to upload existing assessments.


2) Gradecam

  • This is an app-based system which uses your mobile device to take a picture of a pre-made scantron-like template. It then records student responses, class averages and does item analyses. Cost is a bit extensive after initial demo.


3) Zipgrade app (My personal favorite for summative assessments)

  • This is an app-based system which uses your mobile device to take a picture of a pre-made scantron-like template. It then records student responses, class averages and item analyses. Cost is fairly inexpensive after demo.


4) Google forms w/ Flubaroo

PBL Corner: How to utilize paperless grading in a PBL unit

As most of you have noticed, I'm sure, PBL can be done entirely on a computer. Using Google docs, forms with Flubaroo, slides and sheets, Google offers most PBL functions entirely online - eliminating paper.


As far as grading, this is a bit tricky. As a teacher, we will still need to take time to actually GRADE the projects (unlike the nice tech tidbits listed on this newsletter which do the grading for us!).


Ideas:

  1. As an exit ticket/formative assessment, use Socrative. Gauge the students' work completion (in relation to daily/weekly/unit goals), a partner's work ethic, completion of daily tasks.
  2. As a summative assessment, use any of the items above to test a student's knowledge of information learned during a PBL unit. Perhaps you even have students develop a set of MC, T/F, short answer or fill-in questions concerning a group PBL project.
  3. Google form peer assessments: You could make a quick peer assessment using the Google form and Flubaroo add-on. Make a true/false question "assessment" asking questions like, "My partner utilized his work time well." The "correct" answer would be "True." If they choose "false" the score on the peer evaluation will drop. Thus giving you an accurate read/score on a peer evaluation.

Next Issue: Vol.2 February 2016 Powerful Presentations! More than PowerPoint!

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