eduCanon – Turn streaming videos into assessment opportunities!

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Who: Teachers looking to create blended or flipped lessons.  Another great use is to connect with students on snow days.

How: Teachers create an account and set up classes through eduCanon‘s website.  After making an account, teachers create lessons (“bulbs”) by adding in video URL’s.  After linking the video, the teacher then chooses where to add questions.  There are a few different levels of membership to eduCanon viewed here: http://www.educanon.com/premium.

When: Teachers can use this tool at any point in a lesson.  Other useful options are blended or flipped lessons, snow day work, etc. Another great use is as a bell-ringer while the teacher takes attendance.

I recommend viewing the tutorial on the front page. In only a few minutes, I was able to create my first bulb and create a class.  The ability to embed bulbs is fantastic for teachers who are using a LMS.

Website: http://www.educanon.com/

Plickers – paper based clickers!

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WHO: Plickers are ideal for PK12 teachers who are looking for an interactive clicker system. This system does not require web connected devices, so it functions well in a classroom without computers.

HOW: Teachers first create on account on the Plickers website. Next, teachers print off Plicker boards and assign a numbered board to each student in their classroom. The teacher then poses a multiple choice question (A, B, C, D), the students find their selection on their Plicker and hold it up in the air. The teacher then stands in front of the classroom and scans the classroom using their smartphone and the Plickers app. The app collects the data from each card the students hold up and reports it back to the teacher. An immediate picture of classroom understanding.

WHEN: Fantastic for quick review of previous lesson material, at segue points in a lesson, or at the end as an exit ticket.

This resource is ideal for any classroom in which all students can identify A, B, C, and D to match with the choices given by the teacher. To create your account or print off cards, be sure to visit https://plickers.com/

Lamination can make the cards hard to read on smartphones due to glare from classroom lighting. You can buy laminated cards from Amazon (restocking in March). Another option would be to print your cards off on card stock making them more durable for long term use. To view options for cards visit: https://plickers.com/cards

Socrative – Many options for quick informal assessment

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Who: Teachers looking to incorporate interactive informal formative assessment

How: Teachers are assigned a classroom number after creating an account. Students are then instructed to log in to their specific room on any web connected device.

When: Bell ringer, Exit ticket, or quick check on comprehension

Socrative can be used on any web connected device. There is an app made for the iPads or it can be used through a web browser on laptops.

The teacher creates a quiz/activity from a variety of styles including:

Mutliple Choice – Ask a MC question and display results

True/False – Ask a T/F Question and display results

Short Answer – Open-ended questions, display responses

Start Quiz – Run a quiz made prior to class time

Exit Ticket – Get an end-of-class pulse-check

Space Race – Run a quiz as a game

Each of these options are easy to create, but you will need to budget 10-15 minutes to create quizzes before class time. Quizzes are saved in the system so you can reuse and modify at a later date.  You can also create quick one question activities to check on how students are progressing through a lesson.

Kahoot! Engaging interactive informal formative assessments

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Who: Teachers looking for interactive informal assessments and ways to engage students.

How: Students need web-connected devices

When: Bell Ringer, Exit Ticket, Quick checkup.

Grade-level: K-12

Kahoot! is a free online resource for creating quizzes, discussions, and surveys. Students log into a classroom and answer the questions that the teacher asks.  Using a multiple choice style question, the students select their response.  Correct answers receive “Kahoots!” and the quicker the student answers, the more “Kahoots!” they receive.  It runs much like the trivia games you see in some restaurants such as BW’s.  The students love to compete with each other and it adds an element of fun to assessing student learning.

Sign up for your free account and start building quizzes today!  https://getkahoot.com/