If you are looking for a quick way to check for student understanding of new material, to give a quiz or formative assessment, or to provide a fun way to review for a test, several awesome websites are available! Here’s a short description of four that would be fun to try. Numerous others are available, too. I’ve tried to highlight a few things that make each of these unique.
Kahoot! is the “original” of the online gameshow-type review games. Teachers set-up the quiz in advance – either creating a new quiz or using one of the millions of Public Kahoot!s. Students join the game by going to kahoot.it on any device and entering the Game Pin given by the teacher. All questions and answers are displayed on a projector (and not on individual devices) so everyone answers at the same time. Points are awarded based on correct answers and speed of answering. The class works through one question at a time, which allows teachers to pause and discuss questions as needed.
Quizizz is one of the newer websites I have heard about, and it is often listed as an alternative to Kahoot!. One of the main differences from Kahoot! is that the questions and answers are displayed on each individual device, and students work through a quiz at their own pace. Students join a game with a code like Kahoot!, but Quizizz games can be played in class or can be assigned as homework.
Click HERE for a comparison of Kahoot! and Quizizz by Becky Keith on infogr.am
Socrative has three different options for assessment: Quiz, Space Race (competition), or Exit Ticket. A teacher can also ask a quick question, which gives generic answer choices to a verbal or projected question and answers. Students join the quiz or game with a code that allows them to join a “room” created by the teacher. Teachers can tag questions with state standards and can share quizzes with other teachers. Questions can be multiple choice, short answer, or true/false. Additionally, teachers can use the mastery tracker and reports to determine student understanding and progress.
Plickers is different from the others in that students DO NOT need their own device. Instead, students use a pre-printed card to display their answers. The cards can be printed for free on the Plickers website. Questions are restricted to multiple choice (up to four choices) or true/false. The teacher must have the Plickers app on his/her mobile device to scan student answers. Class and student information can be set-up online, which allows teachers to track individual student understanding and progress.
Two other review/quiz websites worth mentioning are Quizlet and Quizalize. Quizlet provides additional tools for studying, including flashcards. Quizalize touts itself as “the number one formative assessment tool” and is most similar to Socrative.
Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these formative assessment/quiz platforms, and if you have used more than one, let me know which one is your favorite!
EDpuzzle is a FREE interactive website (and app) that allows a teacher to take almost any video from the internet, edit it to include only the parts wanted, add audio commentary and questions for students, and create a virtual classroom to track student work. Click HERE for an EDpuzzle welcome and to give EDpuzzle’s tools a trial run.
Once teachers have created accounts, they may create their own content from videos already on EDpuzzle or may create content using an online video from elsewhere. Additionally, all created/edited videos are public, which allows teachers to use content created by others.
This is a great tool for using the “flipped classroom” model, but it has many other applications as well. In my class, I have shown an EDpuzzle video on my SmartBoard that included embedded questions for my students. I had edited the video to pause and display a question at several different points. My students answered these questions in an Edmodo assignment on their computers. I have not sent out a video to my students individually yet, but I plan to try it soon.
I also see this as a good tool for a teacher to use when he or she is planning to miss school. The substitute teacher can show a teacher-created or teacher-chosen EDpuzzle video on the SmartBoard and students can answer questions either on paper or digitally. The pauses and questions are built into the video, which can encourage better student engagement. As mentioned above, EDpuzzle also allows teachers to crop videos to show only specific parts, if needed.
EDpuzzle integrates with Google accounts, which allowed me to import my Business Management students directly from Google Classroom. It was a one-step process, and all of those students are now set-up within EDpuzzle. I do not currently use Google Classroom with my other classes, but it will be relatively easy to give my students a class code and have them create their own student accounts. Students are not required to have or use an email address to register. In addition to watching teacher-assigned videos and answering questions, students can create their own private videos using EDpuzzle’s tools.
If you are interested in learning more about EDpuzzle, I would suggest taking a look at these two blog posts:
Catlin Tucker provides step-by-step EDpuzzle instructions HERE.
Richard Byrne’s video shows the main features of EDpuzzle HERE.
This is a tool I plan to use more frequently this semester!
One of my goals for 2017 is to frequently share resources and online tools with my coworkers and administrators and help them implement more technology within our school. To keep myself on track, I stole a popular idea (Tech Tip Tuesday) and adapted it for my use. I sent out my first tech tip via email on Tuesday. This week, I shared about Symbaloo EDU, which I have also written about in the Resources section on this website. The following is my information about Symbaloo and how I use it with my students:
One of my favorite FREE online tools is Symbaloo, specifically Symbaloo EDU. Symbaloo is a website and an app that helps you remember, organize, and manage your online resources. In other words, it is a tool that saves your internet bookmarks so you can access them from any device! I often work from different devices throughout my day (school computers, laptop, tablet, phone) and need access to various websites for both school and personal use. This tool allows me to access a web resource regardless of what device I originally saved it on. Symbaloo helps save and organize resources by allowing you to create a Webmix (or multiple Webmixes) that is stored in the cloud. Below is a Webmix I created with links to EdTech Tools for Teachers. Each icon on the ONLINE VERSION of the Webmix is a link to that particular website.
I have also found uses for Symbaloo with my classes. Before doing a short unit on the basics of computer coding, I created a “Coding for Kids” Symbaloo Webmix (shown below). I shared the link to this Webmix with my students via our class Edmodo page and told them they could try any of the coding websites linked there. This gave them freedom to choose what type of coding they wanted to learn and also gave them a resource for learning coding on their own time.
Another Webmix (shown below) I created for my students gives them links to different “presentation and/or infographic creation” websites. After we cover Microsoft PowerPoint, I like to show them similar tools that are available online. We usually do at least one project using the websites on this Webmix, and I let them choose which one they would like to use.
Symbaloo is an easy way to share any online resources with students. For instance, if you would like your students to only use specific websites for a research project, you can create a Symbaloo with links to those webpages.
I am not going to go into the specifics of creating a Webmix here, but if you like what you see, go to www.symbalooedu.com or download the Symbaloo App and create an account. It does not take a lot of time to set up your first Webmix. Additionally, many awesome Webmixes have already been created by teachers, and you can use them without having to create your own!
High School Business & Technology Teacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma.
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