Wizer.me – Interactive Digital Worksheets

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WHO: Teachers looking to take their worksheets to the next level.

HOW: Teachers create an account at wizer.me, create an assignment, and assign to their class.  Options to assign include Google Classroom or direct link.  Students will need accounts as well.  Each assignment is given a unique pin number and teachers also have the option to share the assignment globally.  After completing an assignment, students can receive immediate feedback if the teacher has set it up.  Otherwise, Wizer.me will grade some items for the teacher automatically, then when the teacher finishes the assessment, they have the option to send student feedback.

There are many different question types and tasks:

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WHEN: Teachers can use wizer.me as an opening/closing class activity, or as homework.  When creating an account, the system does not ask if the user is a student or a teacher, so the students are able to create these digital worksheets as well.  This is great for students to show mastery of content.

GoNoodle: Brain Breaks, Relaxation, And More For Your Class!

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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.

 

Here is an introduction video about GoNoodle:

Triventy: Interactive Quizzes For Classroom Or Events

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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.

WEO: Digital Assignments With A Social Media Feel!

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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:

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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.

Quick introduction from WEO:

SAS Curriculum Pathways: Excellent Digital Resources Sorted By Standards

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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.

Zeal: Common Core Aligned Exit Tickets For K-8 Math and ELA

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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:

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Here is an example of the teacher view:

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Zeal also offers a Common Core Math Tutoring service.  More information on that can be viewed here.

Go Soap Box: Versatile Formative Assessment For The Classroom

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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.

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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.

Tutorial: Socrative in the Classroom, Engaging Formative Assessment

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.

 

Tutorial: Kahoot! Formative Assessment in a Game-Based Form

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.

 

Tutorial Video: GoFormative.com – Quick, easy, live formative results in your classroom!

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.

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WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging formative activity in their 1:1 classroom.

HOW:  Teachers create an account, create a class, and create an assignment.  Next the teacher directs students to create accounts, sign in using the class code, and then take the assessment.

WHEN:  This tool is great for formative assessment.  Teachers can use this at the beginning of a new chapter or at the end of a lesson to check for student understanding.