7 Fun Digital Tools That Help Increase Engagement
No matter the tactic or method, teachers need ways to assess what students do and do not know. Digital assessment tools make creating and grading assessments so much easier for teachers and students. Assessments can be automatically reviewed, and feedback can be sent back immediately to both teachers and students. These digital tools bring the fun, so they will help you increase engagement in your classroom while assessing student knowledge. These can all be used in addition to using a Learning Management System for formative assessment.
Edulastic is a standards-based assessment tool. Teachers can easily create their own assessments or use pre-made tests and quizzes found on Edulastic’s website. Types of questions include everything from drag-and-drop and labeling to multiple choice. You can even upload videos to be part of the questions, and paper versions are available for quickly scanning correct answers. The best part about Edulastic is tracking student data. You are able to see how students respond in real time as well as how each student performs over a longer period of time. This is an impressive tool for both formative and summative assessments.
Plickers is a paper-based assessment tool that would be ideal if not everyone has access to a device. Once you make a class, you print out student papers that have their assigned number on them. When a question is asked, students turn their paper with their answer choice at the top and hold it up. Teachers scan the room with their device, whether it’s a tablet or smartphone, and Plickers collects the pictures as the students’ answers. You can quickly see how students answer the question, and they get to give a quick answer. This is not your typical assessment tool, which makes it even more fun.
Quizizz is a tool that is similar to Kahoot, but it includes a few more options. With Quizizz, you can choose quizzes from their collection, write your own questions, or upload a quiz you have already created. Another difference with Quizizz is that it is student-paced. It is a competitive game that has a leaderboard and keeps track of student scores. Students receive immediate feedback, and you can see how students perform. There is also the option to allow students to take the quiz multiple times. Quizizz can be used for both formative and summative assessments.
InsertLearning is a Google Chrome extension that allows you or your students to annotate any webpage. You can pull up a tab on Google Chrome, highlight a portion of text, and add a question for students to answer. You can add sticky notes with your own thoughts on the text or add links to other related materials like YouTube videos. You can also give students a chance to highlight portions of the text themselves as well as respond to each other. InsertLearning is a wonderful tool to assess finding textual evidence, and you can use articles and website that you prefer and work for your content.
Flipgrid is a video assessment tool. It combines the social media aspects of Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter that students love. You can post a video question for students, and they can compose a video response of varying lengths. This can be done in class or on their own time. Students can even add titles and other multimedia to their videos. After submitting videos to the teacher, students can respond to and “like” each other’s videos. Flipgrid is an awesome tool that gives students a voice in your classroom in a fun and interesting way.
Answer Garden is a minimalistic assessment tool. It’s designed for brief answers. You can post a question to students that requires one word or a short phrase. It works well with answers that could be repeated by multiple people. Answer Garden then creates a mind map with the students’ answers. Answers that are given more frequently are in a bigger font, and you can place your mouse over the top of the individual words and see how many people answered it that way. Longer answers tend to not work as well, but for short answers or an exit ticket, Answer Garden is a fun and easy tool to add to your classroom.
Twitter is an unconventional way to assess students’ knowledge. Many students use Twitter, and it’s a cool way for teachers to see what students do and do not know. You can create your own Twitter account and share your handle with your students. You can then tweet out a question with a unique hashtag, and students can respond with their answers. Twitter adds a fun element where learning doesn’t have to take place within the classroom alone. You can tweet a question in preparation for the next day and based on that day’s lesson in the evening.
These assessment tools can add a little fun to your classroom for both you and your students. Do you have a digital assessment tool that you love to use? Share it with us on Twitter @Schoology