What if you could develop a "toolkit" virtually full of digital apps to check for student understanding and engage students? This course provides you with that very toolkit loaded with 19 FREE technology tools to check for student comprehension.
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LATEST: Updated September 2015 to include two more tech tools!
What am I going to get from this course?
As a veteran public school teacher for 34 years and my district's technology integration specialist, I've learned what works and what doesn't work in the classroom. I've also sought technology to engage students while at the same time checking comprehension levels. The free apps provided in this class are those I feel will best benefit any teacher in the classroom who wants to conduct formative assessment to help improve student learning,or for any student teacher who will be entering the field of education and wants to be prepared to analyze student data on day one. Join us now. Be part of the success and don't be left behind in this digital age!
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Linoit is a digital canvas with sticky notes. You can create a canvas with sticky note questions, videos, images, and documents. Then, share the link with your students so they can respond to your question. Great for checking out what students know and don't know before you begin a unit or use as an exit ticket at the end of a class.
Padlet is similar to Linoit with a few different and fun to use tools. With padlet, you can add some fancy backgrounds. You and your students can also add your image to your questions or responses, and you can add images and documents by dragging from your desktop, making it super simple for everyone to use.
Answer Garden is by far the easiest formative assessment tool to use. However, with its ease also come some drawbacks. Your questions and students' answers are limited in character length. That should not dissuade you from using it for brainstorming with your students or taking a quick check for understanding that does not require a lot of preparation on your part.
Today's Meet is a great tool to give all students a voice. It is actually called a back channel tool which is similar to Twitter. You ask students a question and they can easily respond by typing an answer that is less than 140 characters. Students can also ask each other questions and encourage each other. All of this is going on while you are conducting a discussion. Shy students will thank you and with its ability to provide a downloadable transcript, you will have a record of who responded, who understands concepts, and who needs more help. Great little tool!
The Answer Pad (TAP) is a tool which can be used to quickly assess students' understanding of concepts, but is so much more. This program also allows the teacher to ask questions which force students to "show" what they have learned. Whenever students have to demonstrate understanding, higher order thinking skills are involved. You will love this free online program!
Let's see what you've learned from section 2.
Participoll makes it easy for you to create poll questions within your PowerPoint slideshow/lectures. This downloadable program becomes a PowerPoint add-on for ease of use. Creating a poll slide every 4-5 slides will keep your students engaged and easily allow you to see if most are understanding the content.
Poll Everywhere is a great polling tool which allows you to create polls and check for student understanding online or you can download the PowerPoint addin and easily incorporate polls into your PowerPoint lectures. This polling system allows for multiple choice, open-ended, brainstorming, ranking, and clickable images type questions. What's not to like?
Flisti is a super easy polling tool to use. There are no downloads and no sign-ups. You simply type in your question and the answer options, then provide your students with the web address so they can respond. This is the tool you use when you only need to ask one quick question and you do not want to spend a lot of time preparing.
Go Soapbox is a multifaceted tool that you will absolutely fall in love with! You will be able to create polls, quizzes, and discussions all with this one great tool that you use during class lectures and discussions. And, your students will be able to ask questions even if they are shy. Go Soapbox will change the way you interact with your students and will enable you to check for understanding and download the results as data for later analysis. What's not to like?
Create a Google Presentation with embedded questions to keep students engaged,
Check for understanding regarding polling tools.
This is a summary of what was covered in Section 3.
Kahoot is a fun way to see if students are understanding concepts and it also serves as a fun way to review with students. When you are done with this lecture, you will know how to set up your own Kahoot quiz.
FlipQuiz is a program designed to create Jeopardy like review games. After completing this lecture, you should be able to create your own FlipQuiz easily or create a similar Jeopardy type game based on two other programs discussed in this lecture.
Connect Fours is a great little game creator to help students make connections with concepts you are teaching. After completing this lecture, you should be able to create your own Connect Fours game for your students.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a fun game to check for understanding with your class. After completing this lecture, you should be able to create a Millionaire game easily for your students.
Review of Section 4
Blubbr is a free program designed so you can choose a video on a particular topic and embed questions creating a game-like, interactive quiz. When you are done with this lecture, you will be able to create your own interactive, video with quiz questions.
TedEd is a great little digital tool which will allow you to assign a video to your students and help them focus on the important information in the video as well as allowing you to check to make certain they understand the concepts. When you are done with this video, you should easily be able to create a TedEd video for your students.
Zaption, like Blubbr and TedEd, allows you to see what students understand about videos you assign them to view. After watching this lecture, you should be able to create a Zaption tour to assess what students know about a video you assign them.
This quiz will check your understanding of the tools discussed in section 5.
Socrative is an easy to use online quiz program which also offers several other formative assessment options. After viewing this lecture, you will be able to create an online quiz, a survey, a gamified quiz, and an exit ticket.
Testmoz is a super easy-to-use online quiz generator with no registration required. It features 4 different types of questions and the test results are downloadable. After viewing this lecture, you will be able to create an online quiz to share with students.
This is a summary of what was learned in section 6 about an online quiz creator.
Formative is a fantastic way to formatively assess students. You can create classes, ask a number of different types of questions (multiple choice, true/false, short answer), see live results as students work, and easily grade what students have done online.
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Rita Phillips started her career teaching English in Bend, Oregon in 1979. Since that time, she has taught at 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 1 community college. Additionally, the subjects she has taught have varied from social studies to career education to writing. Ten years ago, looking for a way to engage her students, Rita became an avid consumer of technology and incorporated many digital programs into her classes. Her expertise with technology was noted by her district administration, and she was made the technology integration specialist for three years, conducting workshops for teachers to help them incorporate technology in their classrooms. Rita recently retired from teaching in public schools, but her mission remains to continue teaching educators how to integrate technology in their classes to help prepare students for the future which is becoming more and more technological.