As the calendar year winds down, many classrooms are switching from covering new material to reviewing past content. As teachers are gearing up for semester/midterm exams, they may look for ways to create engaging classroom review. Here are a few tools (new and old) that could prove useful.
Gimkit: In the past few years, formative assessment has boomed in the arena of engaging classroom tools. Gimkit takes the lead by adding strategy to the mix. Teachers can make their own questions/answers or import from Quizlet. Students then receive repetition through the activity while using power-ups to increase their score.
Play4A: Teachers can use Play4A to create arcade-style games using material from the classroom. Students will have the choice between a wide variety of game styles to can repetition of questions while trying to complete the game.
Classtools Arcade Game: Much like the above, the Arcade Game Generator by Classtools allows teachers to use questions and answers from class to create classic arcade games like Pac-Man. Teachers can make games rather quickly but adding questions can prove to be tedious.
Factile: There are many ways to create “Jeopardy”-style game shows for the classroom now. Factile is another one of these. The downside to factile is that many of the great features are only for paid users, such as “buzzer mode”.
Pear Deck: Are you a teacher that frequently uses slideshow presentations in the classroom? Pear Deck allows teachers to add interactive questions into their Google Slides presentations, engaging students in the lecture while also capturing important checks for understanding. This could be useful for everyday lessons as well as classroom review. Students simply open a web browser on any device, head over to joinpd.com and type in the unique code given for that session. This allows students to follow along during the presentation while also answering questions that have been adding beforehand or asked on the fly by the teacher.