Vizia – Make Online Videos Interactive and Replace Worksheets!

WHO: Teachers that use videos in class and would like to add in checks for understanding while making the assignment more interactive.

HOW: Create an account on https://vizia.co/, add in a link to a video, then start adding questions!  Teachers have the option to include Multiple Choice (called quiz), Polls, Response (user types short answer or extended response), and Call to Action (button with external link to visit).  If teachers select the Gate Video option, it will prompt the viewer to enter their name and e-mail address. When all of the questions are added, the teacher simply copies the link in the top right corner and directs the students to visit.  This link could be posted to the classroom website, LMS, or create a QR code for the tablet classroom to utilize. After the assignment has been completed, the question results are loaded into a Google Sheet allowing the teacher to collect data, and grade if they wish. When coupled with the Google Add-On Flubaroo, these assignments could be automatically graded.

WHEN: Vizia is a great option for the flipped classroom and teachers that regularly use videos in class.  Vizia allows the teacher to capture student understanding while the videos are being watched. Vizia videos could be useful for bell-ringers, exit tickets, or assignments or inclement weather as well.

Here is an example of a Vizia video:

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

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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:

Google Forms Adds Option For Quizzes

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WHO: Teachers looking for an easy way to make digital assessments utilizing Google Apps for Education.  If you have used the Flubaroo Add-on in the past, you will enjoy how easy it is to assess student responses using Google Forms now!

HOW: Teachers create a new form in Google Drive, then under the settings tab, there are now three options:

“General” which contains selections regarding restrictions, collecting username, number of responses, editing responses, and viewing summary of responses.

“Presentation” which includes Progress Bar, Question Order, Link for Another Response, and Confirmation Message.

“Quizzes” which allows the creator to make the form a quiz, select when grade is released, and what the respondents can see such as correct answers, missed questions, and point values.

After selecting to make the form a quiz, the user can now add an answer key and point value to Multiple Choice, Check All That Apply, and Dropdown style questions.  Simply click the answer key button at the bottom of the new question and there will now be an area to select point value, and also click on the correct answers to create the key (image below).Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.51.08 AM

After creating the key, the teacher can also add an option for answer feedback, both for correct and incorrect answers, including links (image below).

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Once the responses to the quiz start coming in, the teacher is given great data.  Insights include Mean, Median, and Range of points, a bar graph with total point distribution, frequently missed questions, and graphs for the responses of each question.  By clicking over to the “Individual” tab under responses, the teacher can see each students quiz individually.

WHEN:  Using Google Forms Quiz selection is great for quizzes, but it could also be used for formative assessment or as an exit ticket.  You can even go back and change old forms from before, click on settings, and turn it into a quiz.

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:

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.

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.

 

Edueto: Making Worksheet Style Questions Interactive Online!

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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.

Website: https://www.edueto.com/

Tutorial from Edueto:

Formative – Interactive Formative Assessments w/ live results

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Who: Teachers looking for interactive, live results from formative questions given to the classroom.

How: Teachers create an account on www.goformative.com, add questions, and assign to the class to respond. Teachers can add classes, students can create accounts, or students can just put in their name to answer. Formative has pre-made questions that are great for exit tickets. Teachers select the question and give the students the “quick code”. Students open a web browser, go to the Formative website and enter the code in the top right corner. Students are given a text box for written answers, or a whiteboard for questions that they may need to draw something for. This is a great feature for Math teachers! The teacher can select “Live Results” and watch as all the students logged in answer the questions. This system looks similar to Google Drive, but the teacher is able to see ALL responses as they come in. As the answers come in, the teacher can give a grade using a sliding scale and also give short comments back to the student.

Teachers have the option to upload existing assignments in .pdf or .doc format to goformative.com

When: This tool is great for formative assessment, as the brand name suggests. Use it as an exit ticket, quick comprehension check, or as a back channel discussion.

There are many tools out there that allow the teacher to do quick checks of comprehension. This tool is the first I have encountered that allows the teacher to see live results as they are written. This is great for math teachers in particular. While Students draw and work out the problems, teachers can stop incorrect procedure at the beginning. This is beneficial and time saving as the student no longer has to wait to turn in an assignment before getting feedback.

 

Here is a demonstration from the folks at GoFormative.com

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.