There are a handful of screencasting apps that I absolutely love (Educreations, ScreenChomp, Doceri) and here is another free app you’ll want to check out. ShowMe is an easy to use screencasting tool that lets users record their voice as they write on the screen. It’s a great way for teachers to create tutorials to share with their students or for kids to demonstrate their understanding.
ShowMe lets users draw diagrams, import images, and upload their creations for free. You might want to share the link of a tutorial by turning it into a QR code that can be attached to a bulletin board or placed on an activity sheet!
QuestBase is a new assessment tool that lets teachers create online quizzes, tests and exams. Teachers can add their own questions, import them from external files, set options (for example, randomization, time limits, grading, etc.) then tests are ready to be taken by students. Results are available in real-time, allowing teachers to save time. Math equations and formulas can be used, together with several other features, to build your exams.
QuestBase is not only a simple quiz maker, but an assessment software solution to organize your questions, manage your tests, deliver them and get quick results. Assessments can also be printed on paper, with random questions and answers. QuestBase is from Italy and is the most used software for online assessments and tests in Italian schools.
Learn more about QuestBase quiz creator by visiting their website or try out a sample quiz!
Edusight Lumark is a free online gradebook designed to help K-12 teachers save time. It has a simple online interface that allows teachers to better understand how their students are performing. With this information you can develop a plan for how to meet the needs of your individual students.
Lumark is a grade book that helps teachers keep grades, comments, and anecdotal information in one place. Edusight worked with educators from across the US and Canada to develop a product that would be useful for teachers in a K-12 learning environment. Their web app can be accessed on a computer or mobile device and teachers can customize class lists and assessment data. Edusight Lumark is completely free for teachers!
Check out their website to learn more or watch this video for a quick overview!
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ClassroomIQ is a solution for grading hand-written open-response assessments. It lets teachers scan and import their existing assessments without making any changes to conform to the platform. You can annotate responses and leave detailed feedback for students to review. Teachers also have access to images of each handwritten student response in an archive.
You can cut down your grading time and easily give students feedback using ClassroomIQ. Users simply import completed assessments and ClassroomIQ matches it to student profiles – then you assign the grade. If you’re teaching with the Common Core, you can even tag questions to a standard to see detailed performance results.
Learn more about ClassroomIQ by visiting their website!
Earlier this year I introduced Frolyc as a terrific tool for teachers to design lesson-based interactive activities. Users can now purchase individual activities to use with students or they can upgrade to a premium service where all activities are available for unlimited student assignment. Kind of like signing up for Netflix and having access to all of the content all of the time. Frolyc is also giving activity authors the opportunity to sell the activities they create and post on the site.
The premium service supports student creativity by letting students access the authoring interface straight from the Activity Spot iPad app. Students can create activities as part of their daily lessons, and demonstrate their learning and thinking. These student-created activities can be assigned by the teacher to other students, facilitating peer-to-peer learning. Frolyc is also starting a Premium Authoring program where users can be compensated for activities they create – you can learn more about this new program by signing up on their site.
Frolyc can be used in both 1:1 iPad classrooms and learning environments with just a few iPads. Check out their blog to learn how this platforms supports differentiated learning with one or more iPads by giving every teacher the power to curate and create instructional and assessment activities quickly.
Visit their website to get started or watch this video!
MelonPrep is a practice platform for students developed by Carnegie Mellon Alumni. It is designed to help students retain what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real world situations. Students can choose from a range of topics and concepts. There are over 100,000 questions across the content areas. MelonPrep lets students quiz from any web browser and view their results instantly.
Teachers can make formative assessments in their classroom easier using this customizable platform. With a clean and intuitive interface educators have the flexibility to create their own original questions or use the searchable community sourced content. Teachers can decide what information their students need to know and give them access to review questions and quizzes tailored to their needs.
Learn more about MelonPrep by visiting their website or watching this video!