Saturday, December 22, 2012

On the 3rd Day...3 Digital Assessment Tools


In my class students dread taking assessments because they are so boring. With all the new technology they are experiencing in their lives, traditional teaching styles must be enhanced with the integration of technology.

With a class set of iPads and 80% of my students with an iPhone or Android creating online assessments was a great idea. There are many to choose from that can suite your needs.

Here are 3 assessment tools I've had great success with using iPads, iPhones, and Androids.

1. Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool. Teachers create a multimedia presentation and then share it with students. The teacher controls what the students view, students engage in presentation through quizzes, surveys, polls, or writing. It's easy, free, and engaging.

2. Socrative is a smart response student assessment tools that allow teachers to engage and assess students with exercises and activities.

3. Polls Everywhere is an assessment tool that allow teachers to assess students using their iPad, smart phone, desktops, or laptops. Students respond as a text message, using a URL, or using Twitter. The teacher creates multiplier choice or open end questions using the free site. Unfortunately if your audience is more than 30, you will have to pay. Questions can be integrated into PowerPoint or Keynote presentations to create the ultimate multimedia presentation, where responses are shown live.

Each of these can be used to assess prior knowledge, an understanding of knowledge after the end of a unit, or be used as practice, warm-ups, or exit slips activities.

Other options are Google Docs, Survey Monkey, Class Scape, and Study Island.

Felecia Young

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