Assessment on the Go!
IFL - April 2015
Explore the world of assessments through the lens of technology. Join us for this hands-on review of free apps and tools that work great on a variety of devices. Included: Quizizz, Kahoot, Google Forms, Plickers, Socrative, and more!
Today's session will be fast paced and hands on. The objective is to introduce you to tools that are fairly easy to use and free! Hopefully you will find a few that you want to implement in your classroom. Tutorials and step-by-step directions are listed for each application for you to follow. I am also always a phone call away!
Visit the Kahoot Website
Kahoot Quick Start - by Kelly Fischer
Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (called Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more! This is a free tool right now but is in Beta. There are no age restrictions.
Kahoot! empowers educators and captivates learners. Through the creation of a trusted learning space, educational content is delivered by asking meaningful questions in real-time, creating a social, fun and game-like environment
- Select one of the public quizzes or create your own.
- Click "Play" to generate your unique game code.
- Ask your students to open join.quizizz.com and enter the game code.
- See students joining on the live dashboard, and launch when ready.
- The game begins!
- Track live progress of your class on your dashboard.
Free Account Includes:
- Watch as many video lessons as you like
- Find great educational videos from YouTube and Vimeo
- Create your own video lessons using 6 interactive elements with a single video
- Share lessons with your students and friends
- Track viewer progress and responses with detailed analytics
- Copy and edit ready-to-use video lessons from the Zaption Gallery
Video User Guide
Similar to costly classroom response clickers, Plickers provides teachers with quick and timely feedback on classroom instruction without the cost. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your smartphone to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Students choose A, B, C, or D by rotating their cards, and you can scan multiple students at once. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.
Userguide - Easy to follow with screen shots.
Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners. Under 13 may use with the permission of an adult or supervision of a teacher.
Let's Play! Open Socrative Student App. Room #41956
Open the Socrative Student App, click here, or visit socrative.com & click on "Student" to play along
SMART XC Collaboration
Enables pupils to send text from mobile devices to their front of class display, encouraging brainstorming / idea creation and raising pupil engagement.
Visit the Nearpod Website
Monitor classroom activity and easily control students' devices.
Get immediate feedback and track your class's progress with detailed reports.
Assess in real time!
A few implementation notes about Nearpod:
- Teachers may easily upload existing Powerpoint or Keynote presentations on the Nearpod website.
- Nearpod can be a helpful student-centered BYOD tool. Students may access a Nearpod presentation from any network using a browser and a five letter code. Students who are absent may also follow your presentation from home or wherever an Internet connection is available.
A great step-by-step guide
Search #NearpodTeachers on Twitter to see how other teachers are using it in their classrooms.
ThingLink is a wonderful tool that allows students to create interactive images. It is superb way to assess students, letting them really show what they know.
Thinglink strongly supports the 21st century skills of critical thinking, creation, communication and collaboration. It’s a tool that can be used to enhance any and all common core standards and can range from a single picture depicting one vocabulary word, a world map showcasing fifty different cultures or transforming the Periodic Table of Elements into a true multimedia experience.
Here's a recent Thinglink presentation I created with more examples.
Contact me if you would like additional training!
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Edmodo is a "social learning platform" website for teachers, students, and parents. Think of it as the Facebook for schools. Using Edmodo, teachers invite students into private groups that can be used for online classroom discussions, but in a format that keeps the teacher firmly in control. Teachers give students a class signup code(which can be shared with their parents, allowing them to monitor their own child's activity). Because it is an invitation-only social network, Edmodo is meant to mirror a secure offline classroom that intruders cannot access, with rules of decorum enforced by software. For example, just as students aren't supposed to pass notes in class, they can't send private messages to each other. They can post only to the group or the teacher, and group messages can be moderated by the teacher if necessary.
Quick Guides (once signed in)
ExitTicket is a free tool that provides personalized instruction and targeted interventions by helping teachers track student understanding through formative assessments. It uses real-time data of individual student performance. ExitTicket is accessible on a browser, iPhone app, Android Smartphone and Tablet App, or any web-enabled device.
Included with Basic FREE account:
4 Free types of assessments
Item bank of free-to-use assessments
Longitudinal scorebook (by date)
24-hour Turn time on support emails
Available add-ons from the App Center
ClassFlow is a versatile tool:
1) It brings the presentation TO THE students on any device
2) Teachers can send individual cards to students, targeting differentiation
3) Formative assessments are seamlessly built in
Visit the Class Flow website
EDpuzzle is a great educational site to help you better utilize video in your classroom for learning. You can find and crop video to use only what you need, add audio notes within the video or do some voice over work for a video, and you can embed questions throughout the video to track student understanding. EDpuzzle collects data as students watch and interact with the video. You can see if and when a student watched the video, and see the progress of all students through the answers to embedded questions.