Ping Pong: Simple, Quick, & Easy Exit Tickets, Polls, & Formative Assessment

Ping Pong

WHO: Teachers that are looking for a simple way to check for student learning, quickly and easily.

HOW: Teachers visit http://gogopp.com/en, select the web app (Google Play and Apple App Store available as well, more on that later in the post), select host, then log in with Google, Facebook, or Linked In.  After logging in, the teacher directs the students to visit http://gogopp.com/en, select guest and enter a name.  The teacher will then pose a question to the students, then, inside of Ping Pong, select from the following:

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The first four choices are straight forward, but the “Send Image” option allows students to draw their own answers on a basic whiteboard tool.

The students select/draw/type their answer and hit submit.  These answers are then immediately visible on the teacher’s view.  An option is available to display/hide names if the responses are being projected in front of the class. This is accomplished by clicking on the person icon in the top right corner.

The web app is in beta, and somewhat limited at this point in regards to collecting data.  If this is the option a teacher will be using, they will have to quickly note or screen shot responses, otherwise the data is gone when the next question is asked.

When using the app, the teacher is able to share questions and export results using Evernote.  Hopefully in the future it will allow the option to send to Drive as well.

WHEN: Ping Pong is ideal for checking understanding, exit tickets, classroom polls, and other similar activities.

While not as robust as other formative assessment tools, Ping Pong is great in its simplicity.  Upon finding out about the program, I was able to be up and running in less than two minutes.

 

Here is an introduction by Ping Pong by Spot Networking:

Bloomz: Fantastic App to Communicate with Parents

WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging way to interact and communicate with parents, while sharing information in a private and secure setting.

HOW: Teachers create an account and set up a classroom. Next step is to invite the parents.  This can be done via e-mail or printing invitations to be sent home.  Parents can create an account online, or download the app on their phone to get started.

Once in Bloomz, teachers have a plethora of options to update their parents.  Some useful examples include adding pictures to share from the class, adding calendar events, sending reminders, creating a volunteer sign-up, and scheduling parent-teacher conferences.

WHEN: Bloomz is a great addition to a classroom at all times.  Teachers can capture special moments in class and upload for the parents to see.  It is great when teachers need help with purchasing materials or bringing supplies in for an event.

 

Here is what one Grade 2 enjoys about using Bloomz in her class:

EASY to add a post, reminder, calendar event, picture, etc
QUICK just a couple clicks
PRIVATE because it is Secure for just your group, and private messaging is also available if you want to talk with an individual parent
FUN because I want to add and share pics and the parents love it too
FAMILIAR because it reminds you of “facebook” with the layout, and you can even “like” and “comment” like FB
KEEPING TRACK is easy because you can see exactly who viewed your post.  Parents can’t say they didn’t get the message!
Parents have really enjoyed it for a lot of these same reasons.  I even have a grandparent that is on because she wants to help and volunteer and wants to be able to see when events are coming up.

PicLits: Create Images To Spark Writing Creativity

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WHO: Teachers looking for something to help students get their creativity flowing.

HOW: Create an account at http://www.piclits.com/, select an image, choose words, or select freestyle and type your own message in.

WHEN: PicLits are great for writing prompts. Teachers can use these in class to give students a starting point for their writing assignment.  Teachers could also use this as an assessment option where students are directed to create their own.

Here is an example of a PicLit freestyle mode:

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