WHO: Teachers looking for ways to keep students focused throughout the school day using brain breaks and more.
HOW: Sign up for an account at www.gonoodle.com, create a class, and get started! Teachers choose a champion for the class, and the more videos that have been viewed make the champ stronger.
WHEN: The videos at GoNoodle are great to start each day, or even each class. There are videos to help student relax before taking tests, and others to help refocus energy when students start getting restless.
WHO: Teachers looking to engage students with classroom content in an interactive and engaging atmosphere.
HOW: Create an account at http://www.triventy.com/, create a quiz, and play with students. While making a quiz, the teacher can add a quiz image as well as individual question images. Teachers also have options for how long each question is given (5-60 seconds), making the quiz public, posting top 3 players during game, and sharing via social media after quiz completion. When making questions, teachers can invite others to create the quiz with them (great for student collaboration), and enter hints and “Did you know…” facts. Teachers can also make a question a “survey question” for in class polling.
WHEN:Triventy is a good option to end class for the day or week. Students will be engaged during the quiz and enjoy competing against their classmates.
The downside to Triventy is that it does not collect quiz results for the teacher to use later. This could be a great formative assessment tool if this feature were added. It is not the perfect tool for class, but it is a fun change of pace.
WHO: Teachers looking for digital activities in the classroom.
HOW: Sign up for an account on https://www.weo.io/, create a class, add students (or they can add themselves via class code). Teachers can either create activities/assessments on their own, or search what other teachers have created. Lessons that are Common Core aligned are easy to search for. When creating activities, teachers can add a variety of items:
To find activities made by other teachers, just simply click on the search icon in the corner, and type in the topic you are covering. Teachers can create boards, “pin” activities to save for later, or assign to a class.
WHEN: Teachers could use WEO as a Bell Ringer/Exit Ticket, Formative/Summative Assessment, or for an entire lesson. Teachers can be up and running with their first activity in a matter of minutes.
WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources for their lessons.
HOW: Visit https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/, create an account, and search for the standard you are looking for. Resources are sorted by both Common Core Standards as well as State Standards. Teachers can sort by grade level, content area, and standard type to see what is available. Resources vary from simple data to use in class to entire courses.
WHEN: With each resource being different, there is a wide variety of times to use with class. Be sure to look around and see what is available to use with your students.
WHO: Teachers in K-8 Math and ELA Classes looking for an engaging exit ticket for their classroom.
HOW: Getting started is quick and easy. Visit https://www.zeal.com/, type in your e-mail address and create a password. Next the teacher creates a class, and instructs students to enter a class code (specific for each individual class), and begin! Zeal has 15,000 pre-made exit tickets aligned to Common Core standards to help address what you have taught during a lesson. The teacher just finds the grade levels and Common Core Standard, and selects to either start Exit Ticket or Edit/Review Exit Ticket. In a nod to many other tools out there, Zeal also allows the teacher to see student responses in real-time. Zeal also does all of the grading for the teacher. Students receive points for correct answers, which can be redeemed to upgrade their avatar.
WHEN:Zeal is used for Exit-Tickets at the end of class.
In the short time I played around with Zeal, I felt as if the style of questioning was great practice for standardized testing, along with data collection teachers need to enhance lessons.
Here is an example of the student view:
Here is an example of the teacher view:
Zeal also offers a Common Core Math Tutoring service. More information on that can be viewed here.
WHO: Teachers looking to gather formative assessment data from their students. This is a great option for 1:1 and BYOD classrooms.
HOW: Teachers sign up for an account, create an “event”, select which setting they wish to use, and then direct students to log in via event code.
WHEN: This tool is great to gather data before class begins, during class, or at the end to gauge student understanding.
Go Soap Box has a “Confusion Barometer” allowing students to select if they understand or are confused on the topic. This gives the teacher a clear view at the class as a whole. Each event has it’s own Moderation Panel, allowing teachers to turn on/off a good amount of features.
Another great feature is “Social Q & A”, which allows students to select what questions they have. The teacher can then see most common questions from the class and address what they need to.
While scrolling through the Go Soap Box Twitter page, it appears that customer service with them is fantastic as well.
WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging tool to collect formative data in an effective and efficient manner.
HOW: Teachers create an account on www.socrative.com, create a quiz, then direct students to join their classroom. Teacher then starts the quiz, students answer the questions, and watch the results start coming in!
WHEN: This tool is create to capture the attention of students. Teachers could use it at any point in class for quick questions, review games, quizzes, and exit tickets.
WHO: Teachers looking to engage their students in interactive formative assessments.
HOW: Teachers go to www.getkahoot.com, create an account, create an assessment, then start the game! The teachers then directs students to go to www.kahoot.it, enter in the game pin, and start playing.
WHEN: This tool is great at the end of a lesson to draw closure to the students and allow the teacher a quick snapshot to see which students understood the material, and who needs to revisit the lesson.
Kahoot! is an awesome tool to engage students in formative assessment.
In this video tutorial, we take a look at how to create an account, set up a class, and create an assignment on goformative.com. Then we take a look at how students sign up, join a class, and take an assignment.
Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for class time worksheets. This could also be used for interactive formative assessments.
How: Teachers create an account at https://www.edueto.com/, then create an assignment, and finish with creating a class to assign the assessment to. When creating an assignment, teachers have a large variety to choose from including:
Quiz (Multiple Choice questions)
Gap Filling (Fill in the blank with one-option gap, multiple-choice gap, and open-ended gap)
Matching (Match corresponding items)
Writing (Essays, analysis, and discussion)
Sorting (Sorting items into groups)
Equations (Mathematical equations solved with multiple choice or True/False)
PicTag (Picture tagging)
Sequence (Sorting items into sequences)
Creating the assignments is simple with the easy to use interface. The option to assign the activity is given immediately after creation as well. Teachers also have options to add pictures and video to their assignments. Teachers identify correct answers while making the assignment to allow the system to automatically grade when turned in. Teachers also have the ability to set a due date when assigning to their classes. As students complete assignments, teachers are able to see data by student or the class as a whole. Each question broken down for teachers to identify content that may need revisited.
There is also a growing repository of of public assignments created by other teachers. Teachers have the option to share their new assignment they have made in this public library.
Teachers need to create classes. Students need to create accounts as well as enroll themselves with an enrollment code that is automatically generated when a class is created. No e-mail address is required for students.
The student interface is simple as well. When a student logs in, they see their classes they are enrolled in. After the student clicks on a course, they then see the assignments for that class. After the students completes an assignment, they are able to see their score, as well as a break down of each question.
When:Edueto could be used as a bell-ringer, exit ticket, in-class assignment, or quiz. It is easier to create than a worksheet as the teacher just writes questions/answers, no need to format like you would in a word processing program.
This tool is easy to use and I would recommend it for any 1:1 classroom, or any teacher that uses an LMS.