Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier

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Interactive Assessments for your Classroom!

As the term is down to its final weeks and assessments may be coming up, I invite you to look over the following Web 2.0 tools to see if there's one that's right for your class. These are really enjoyable for the students, and what's cool is, that they are FREE to use. Another major advantage is that these can be adapted to any content area and grading is done for you, saving you time and anguish! I have used each of these extensively and, as always, am more than happy to assist you in any way possible, including assisting you with the setup and administering them to your students. Please let me know if I can help in any way!

Get your think on with Socrative!

Socrative is easily my favorite assessment tool to use. The beauty of this service is it is more of a formal assessment tool than other gamification tools (i.e. Kahoot!). You are able to create multiple choice, true false, AND short answer questions for assessments. It allows students to test at their own pace and allows you to view results seconds after they have clicked their answer. Additionally, you can print a report as generic or specific as you'd like, from each student's overall scores, to individual test scores. However, the best part of this service is that you can create quick questions that you can project and have students discuss answers. There is also a "built-in" Exit Ticket tool with three questions to assess students as they finish up the lesson. I have only scratched the surface of what Socrative does, but if you're interested in learning more, please let me know!

Gamify your lessons with Kahoot!

Those that have been around Sudlow a few years are probably pretty familiar with Kahoot! This is a nice assessment tool that is a little more of a fun game for the students. However, it continues to be used due to its ease of use, easy set up, and the students really enjoy participating in a Kahoot! Here's how it works: You create a bank of questions (or use on already created in the "Public Kahoots"), provide multiple choice or true/false answers, and then "play" the Kahoot with your students. Each question is projected at the front, including an image, graph, or chart, and there are four choices given. On the student's personal device, only those four choices show up and they click the correct one in accordance with what is being projected. The quicker they answer the right answer, the more "Kahoots" the student receives. The person with the most Kahoots at the end of the game is determined the winner!

Kahoot's New Feature - Ghost Mode

New this year for Kahoot! is a feature known as Ghost Mode. This allows students to compete against themselves if the exact same Kahoot is played again. The "Ghost" memorizes the answers that were previously given to compare scores to see if they've improved from the time before. This is a nice feature if you're reviewing for a test to ensure mastery of the material, or if students simply want to compete against themselves in the next round.

No personal devices available? No problem! Use Plickers!

If you aren't able to check out Chromebooks or if you don't want students to have their own devices, you can still use an interactive assessment! Plickers is the perfect solution! This tool uses QR codes that are given to each student on a half sheet of paper and communicates through a mobile app. All four sides of the code are different letters. Then, with the mobile app on the teacher's cell phone, it takes a picture all at once with a simple scan of the room from the front. The cool thing is that each letter is different on each QR code, so if a student is holding their code horizontally and another vertically, they may be giving the same correct answer! It then zips the responses to the projector screen and shows either a total of correct responses or individual responses. The only downfall with Plickers is that it does not provide individual reports. However, this would be a great tool to use for a classroom study guide or review day!

Want to learn more?!

As always, I'm happy to model these or assist in the setup and implementation of them. These were created specifically for teachers to use as an efficient alternative to spending hours grading multiple choice and short answer assessments! Please let me know if you want to integrate any of these into your curriculum, and I'm happy to assist you!

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