iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

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For great learning to happen we know we need to target our teaching to the individual needs of each student and to adjust our teaching to what students know and still need to know. We don’t have to be mind readers, it’s not magic – good formative assessment helps us target our teaching. Here are some apps that will quickly and simply give us instant feedback in a way that doesn’t embarrass students and lets us know how effective our program has been and where we can go next.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.37.08 amPlickers

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.46.07 amPlickers is definitely one of my favourite ever formative assessment tools – actually it is pretty close to magic! First download the app which works well on either the iPad or iPhone then go to the website at plickers.com and download the cards . Each card has A,B,C & D around the edge of the black shapes. Simply ask students a multiple choice question, they respond by holding the card with their A-D answer up at the top. Scan with the app and you quickly get instant feedback from each student.The big bonus is that  each card is numbered and you can allocate a number to each student for accurate feedback.

 

Socrative.

Socrative is a great teaching tool and provides instant feedback as the sessions progress. Set up your survey in your own “classroom” and once students have the access number and students have the student “clicker” app of their iPads ….as the iTunes blurb says it bring ….” student response and ease of use to a whole new level.  Be engaged for the entire class with educational exercises and games.  See all your classmates’ ideas in real-time and interact with the responses.  Provide your instructor feedback on the lessons and how well you understand the material.  Ask your own poll questions for the entire class or build a premade activity for your whole class.  Have Fun!

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.51.59 amTraffic Light

This is a simple tool that at first glance, might not look to be  designed for formative assessment but I think it can be a very useful for students of all ages. Ask a question and students can respond, perhaps green for agree completely and red for disagree completely with yellow undecided. Or you could ask students how confident they are feeling that they have a firm grasp of a concept. There are lots of possibilities with this simple and fun app.


Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 4.49.34 pmTodaysMeet

TodaysMeet is a website not an app but I have included in this list because it is a sensational tool to use for formative assessment and it work beautifully on the iPad. It lets you create a virtual Twitter feed within you classroom. Simple go to the TodaysMeet website and set up a room. Give it a name and select how long you want it to exist for. You can choose from one hour, one day, a week, month to even a year. Once the time is up it disappears and it is safe because only those with whom you share the link can access it. Students can search for the URL or it is even easier if you create a QR code for the link. There are so many ways to use this website in your classroom but it does make a great “exit ticket” and students can respond to any question you ask quickly, safely and efficiently.

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 3.54.31 pmPollEverywhere

This is a sensational little app. So quick and easy to create and share a survey with your class. Responses can be multiple choice, true/false, short answer, as a clickable image or brainstorm. Suitable to all years levels…a must have app and a simple way to get instant formative feedback from your students.

 

socrativeSocrative.

This is one of the best and great for formative assessment. Set up your survey in your own “classroom” and once students have the access number and students have the student “clicker” app of their iPads ….as the iTunes blurb says it bring ….” student response and ease of use to a whole new level.  Be engaged for the entire class with educational exercises and games.  See all your classmates’ ideas in real-time and interact with the responses.  Provide your instructor feedback on the lessons and how well you understand the material.  Ask your own poll questions for the entire class or build a premade activity for your whole class.  Have Fun!

Here is a tutorial on how to add images to your Socrative

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 5.42.40 pmNearpod

This a wonderful app is a combination of teaching and assessment tool rolled into one. Teachers can create lessons with assessment integrated within it. Students log in via a unique code and the teacher can then control the content on the students’ iPads. A sensational app, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 5.50.26 pmGeddit

One of the things that make this app special is that it was created by a group of students! It supports short answer and multiple choice questions and results go to the teachers in realtime. Simple and easy to use and well worth checking out.

 

 

 

 

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