Quickly Gather Performance Data
Each year, educators from around Georgia gather to learn and share at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. Many of us in Digital and Multimedia Learning were able to attend and/or present. Below are some of the nifty (free) things we saw in action.
You can learn more about this event by visiting www.GaETC.org (or via the hashtag #GaETC16).
Grading Made Easy
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Save time grading student submissions with the help of your smartphone or tablet using these two tools:
Plickers: Students rotate and hold their Plickers cards (you can print these out for free or buy pre-made sets) to answer A, B, C, or D. Then, using a phone or tablet, you scan the room to record and grade their responses.
Grade Cam: Print out their Scantron-like form, then use their app to scan the form and instantly receive a grade.
Many presenters shared apps and tools that quickly gather student performance and comprehension data while making your formative assessments fun. Here are a few standouts:
Quizziz: Turn quizzes into head-to-head learning competitions between classrooms.
Kahoot!: Create a game show experience rewarding students for correct answers submitted the quickest.
EdPuzzle: Make videos meaningful by embedding questions for students to answer at their own pace.
Do you ever find it challenging to keep students accountable to each other during group projects? Slack is a free web and app-based messaging tool that, similar to tools such as Edmodo, provides a central location space for chatting, uploading documents and links. Slack can also be used to manage large groups and smaller sub-groups.
Manage Student Groups with Slack
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Increase Student Writing Skills
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Here are other resources we learned about at GaETC that we wanted to share:
Rewordify: This web-based tool allows teachers change the Lexile level of a text to meet their students' needs by pasting it into the site.
Wolfram Alpha: Search facts and data from all educational disciplines. Math teachers or students can type in one problem and be provided with similar problems to reinforce the skill or concept being explored.
Tagxedo: Create word clouds that are in the shape of an image. (example: Create a word cloud from The Gettysburg Address in the shape of Abraham Lincoln's face.) Classcraft: Transform a classroom into an ongoing adventure game. Students win prizes, embark on missions, and are rewarded based upon participation in an epic learning adventure. Learn more about Classcraft from the embedded video above.
Writing is an essential tool for all walks of life and is especially important in school. The following web-based resources can assist students in becoming better writers:
Grammerly: This Google Chrome extension that checks grammar as you type.
Hemingway: Both Mac and PC users can make use of this web app that evaluates the strength of one's writing. Just copy and paste it in!
Pro Writing Aid: Use this as a standalone web app, or connect it to Word, Google Docs, and other programs. Pro Writing Aid evaluates one's writing and highlights "sticky" or less-engaging sentences.
Kaizena: This tool allows teachers to provide quick, audio feedback to students' written work.
Other Nifty Tools Worth Exploring