Tools for Content-Specific Reinforcement
It is important for students to be able to study and review course material on their own. That said, just looking over notes isn't always the most appealing activity for some students. Here are some digital resources that make studying individually a more interesting experience.
Online Flashcards: The two resources below allow students to peruse pre-made cards, create their own, or study from cards you have created for them to use. The cards can be arranged into game and review quizzes.
Study Blue: (Web and Mobile App)
Quizlet: (Web and Mobile App)
Tools for Whole Group Review
Tools for Individual Review
We are steadily moving toward testing season. The resources shared in this issue will help you guide students through reviewing content in preparation for upcoming assessments.
While it once seemed skewed toward the Primary and Intermediate grades, BrainPop has evolved into a quick and easy K-12 review tool.
BrainPop (Accessible through Cobb Digital Library): BrainPop has expanded beyond the beloved Tim and Moby videos. In addition to topic-specific videos, students can play games and take quizzes to assess their knowledge among many other new features. One such feature is that now, it's also mobile friendly (and therefore great for BYOD days).
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While it is important for students to demonstrate their knowledge individually, sometimes a whole-group review can get a whole class working together to show what the know. Below are a few tools geared toward a whole-group/large group review:
FlipGrid: While it looks a lot like a digital version of "Hollywood Squares," FlipGrid allows you to create a board upon which your students record their own video responses. It is geared toward the secondary grades and can easily be used outside of school hours.
Quizziz: This online resource calls itself "Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes" and it is exactly that. You can choose to search for pre-made quizzes or create your own. Using devices from laptops to smartphones, students respond and Quizziz offers you instantaneous data for your analysis.
This week's theme: Digital Test Prep Tools
The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
Digital and non-digital games are another great way to help students review concepts. If you are leaning toward trying a digital review game, consider the options below:
Class Tools.net: Don't let its age fool you. While ClassTools.net will make you want to reach back in time for one of those AOL CD-ROMs that filled all of our mailboxes, it's array of games and game templates are still functional and useful.
Kahoot!: Turn your quizzes and study guides into a game show. Kahoot lets you create your own game show, quiz, or sorting-style game or you can search through the publicly offered assessments to use as is or adapt them for your own use. (Free)
Socrative: Using your own questions, you can create a quiz, play a game called "Space Race," create an Exit Ticket, or an array of quick questions to have your students complete using their own devices. (Free and Paid versions)
FlipQuiz: Billing itself as the "Classroom Review Game for Educators," FlipQuiz lets you create essentially a really fancy version of a Jeopardy Board. The upside is that there are pre-made, concept-specific boards that you can use instead of having to create your own.
Using Games for Review
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Out of the Box Review Ideas
Video: Why not step outside of the box and create a video for review? Tools as simple as your cell phone, iPad, or laptop camera will do. Once recorded and edited, you can upload them to Office 365's Video channel for viewing just within the CCSD or to You Tube. If you want to take your video a step further, consider making it interactive with an app such as Touchcast. The video below is a Touchcast featuring a teacher who created a spoof of "The People's Court" to discuss the concept of inertia.
Games the "Old School" Way: Don't be afraid to modify a game like Four Corners, basketball, cornhole, or create a relay to help your students review while burning off some of their youthful energy.