Hello Education to the Core Readers! It’s Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog Teaching Blog. I teach 8th grade at a K-8 school in Canada. I am guest blogging today and sharing some tools my teaching colleagues and I have used to make our classrooms more engaging for our students. Technology has changed the way we teach and how students learn. Teachers can now use technology to help with their student assessment.
Guest post by Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog Teaching Blog
Students really enjoy using online assessment tools because it allows them to use technology.
Plickers is a fantastic way to get formative assessment from your students without each student needing a device. The teacher sets up a Plickers account, and prints off a class set of answer cards. The teacher asks the class a question. The students respond by turning their answer card in one of the four directions. The teacher uses a smartphone or tablet to scan all of the student’s cards. Since each card is assigned to a specific student, teachers get real data on who answered the questions correctly and who still needs more review. The Grade 3 and 4 teachers at my school really enjoy this learning tool, and their students get excited when the Plickers cards get handed out.
Kahoot is a great way to use technology to review concepts or assess student’s prior knowledge. The teacher finds a premade Kahoot game or creates a new game based on the topic they want to cover. Then the students sign into the game using a specific code on their handheld device or computer. When questions are asked the students have to select one of the four options. The teacher usually has the main game running on a data projector so the whole class can see the results at the end of each question. The French language teachers use this game at my school regularly to review vocabulary and my 8th graders love it.
Ed Puzzle allows teachers to embed questions and quiz questions aligned to the specific video students are watching. It let’s you know which student have completed the assignment and the grade they achieved. Students can now independently watch a video, with the benefits of the guiding questions from their teacher. This would be great as a station activity or to leave for a day when students have a substitute teacher.
Google Classroom is an online classroom management tool. It allows for you to post announcements, links to websites, assignments, ask a question or post photos. I upload my assignments in PDF and Google Docs format directly to my Google Classroom. Students complete the assignments in the classroom and submit it for assessment. I love the Google Classroom tells me when an assignment was submitted and which students have outstanding assignments. If you want to get more out of your Google Classroom then use these three Google add-ons/extensions: Doctopus, Goobric and Flubaroo work together to make student assessment digital. Doctopus helps distribute Google Docs to your class, Goobric can paste rubrics directly onto your assignments and Flubaroo can mark multiple choice and fill in the blank quizzes for you.
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Have you tried any of these online assessment tools? We would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below to add to this discussion.
Kristy is currently in her 9th year of teaching middle school students in Ontario, Canada. She is an avid reader who strives to share the love reading with her students. Technology is another passion for Kristy, who enjoys finding ways to make her teaching more organized, and engaging for her students through the integration of technology. She co-hosts a weekly #2ndaryELA Twitter chat for Grades 6-12 ELA teachers who are looking to share ideas with other ELA teachers. Her main goal is to help teachers have a better work-life balance. She promotes this view on her blog 2 Peas and a Dog, and by creating classroom ready resources available in her Teachers Pay Teachers store. Kristy loves connecting and collaborating with other teachers around the globe.