Five Tools for Engaging Classroom Review

WHO: Teachers that are looking for interactive ways to bring excitement to review lessons.
 
HOW: These tools will focus on classrooms with web-connected devices for student use.
 
WHEN: Heading into the end of the school year, many teachers will be looking for ways to review content. These options engage students while refreshing their knowledge of classroom material.
 
1. Kahoot! – This tool is great for creating a competitive environment with knowledge at the center. Teachers will create a series of questions, launch the quiz, then invite students to join via a code. Kahoot will show a question on the board with answers. Students will then pick a shape/color on their device that corresponds with an answer. Correct answers result in points, with extra points going to speed of selection.
 
2. Quizizz – This tool is very similar to Kahoot!. Quizizz features questions made by the teacher, launched, then joined via unique code. Questions and answers options show up on the student device. This allows the teacher to host a quiz across many classrooms at once. This is useful if the administration would like to run a school-wide quiz.
 
3. Quizlet Live – This tool allows the teacher to create vocabulary quizzes (minimum of 12 terms). Then teachers invite students to join via code and compete. Quizlet Live will create and name teams at random. These teams race to match terms and definitions. An incorrect answer takes the team back to zero. The goal is to be the first team to answer all correctly.
 
4. FlipQuiz – This tool is your classic primetime quiz gameshow. The teacher creates categories, adds questions and answers, and play in front of the class. A question is selected and after a student responds, the teacher can reveal the answer. There is a button to award points on each question. 
 
5. Classtools.net – This site features many great tools for the classroom. Arcade Game Generator is great for review. This option allows teachers to enter multiple-choice or true/false questions. The students can then choose which game they will like to play using the set of questions. Game choices include: PacMan, Manic Miner, Asteroids, Pong, Wordshoot, and Flashcards.

Front Row: Adaptive Math and ELA Practice

WHO: Teachers looking for skills practice for students K-8 in Math and English – Language Arts.

HOW: Teachers create an account of their own, add in classes and rosters, then direct students to log in.  When creating accounts, teachers can identify if students are primarily English or Spanish speakers.  Upon logging in and trying different domains, students will start with a diagnostic test.  Front Row is adaptive, so it adjusts to the students level.  This allows students to focus on what they need to learn first, in order to build upon previous skills to grow.  There are over 20,000 questions aligned to Common Core State Standards, and when students need help, there are videos to help guide along.  On the ELA side, the main focus appears to be comprehension, and the articles provided can be adjusted to a variety of grade levels.  Front Row provides teachers with great data in order to drive instruction.  Tracking mastery of content through standards are laid out in the reporting tool.  Front Row also works science and social studies into the questions allowing for cross-curricular connections.

WHEN: Front Row is great for independent practice or as an exit ticket option at the end of class.  Teachers may also find Front Row useful to assign as homework.  Front Row is a great tool to allow for parent involvement in the educational process. Printable instructions for creating parent accounts connected to students are a simple click away for teachers.

 

Here is an introductory video from Front Row:

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.

Boundless: Digital Replacement for Textbooks

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From Boundless:

“Boundless has thousands of PowerPoints, quizzes, readings, and textbooks you can use to make your teaching more effective. Browse any of our more than 20 subjects to find the resources best suited for you.”

 

WHO: Teachers looking to replace their textbooks, teachers with 1:1 classrooms, and teachers looking to do more online with their students.  Teachers that are looking for resources such as pre-made quizzes, PowerPoint templates, and readings will find this site useful.

HOW: Teachers sign up for an account on Boundless.com, set up a class, invite students, and assign quizzes/readings, etc..

WHEN: Boundless.com is a great tool for lesson planning, formative assessment, supplemental material, and additional material to help push students who need more.

The teachers I have shared this resource with have put it to use immediately.  There are so many different content areas, that you are sure to find something to use in your school.

Tutorial Video: Plickers – Tech Integration Formative Assessment Tool for the Low Tech Classroom

WHO: Teachers with limited access to technology in their classroom, but do have a smartphone.

HOW: Teachers create an account on plickers.com, print off plickers cards, create a class (add students), create questions and go!  The teacher will then open the Plickers App on their cell phone, select a class and question, then scan the room with their smart phone camera.  The app collects the data and automatically records it on the phone and computer.

WHEN: This tool is great for a quick poll or formative assessment.  Even if you have a classroom with 1:1 technology access, the students will enjoy this option as a change of pace.

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 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.

 

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