Tag Archives: assessment

No More Grading Thanks to ScribeSense

27 Feb

scribesenseTeachers looking to quickly grade papers will be blown away by ScribeSense.  Not only will this service input the answers to multiple choice test questions but it has the ability to grade handwritten answers so short answer quizzes can be scored just as easily.  ScribeSense also provides tools to backup student data, track the performance of your class and share data with parents and students.

Since this grading system supports free-form responses teachers can design tests that are more engaging and provide meaningful results about student progress without increasing the time they spend grading papers.  ScribeSense’s goal is “to bridge the gap between old familiar paper and new digital technology.”  They take the time out of grading papers so teachers can remove an item from their ever-growing to do list.

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ScribeSense is offering a free trial to teachers this Spring so you’ll definitely want to visit their website, watch their video, and sign-up to receive more information!

Common Core with Turbo Math

25 Feb

image1Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love.  The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade.  This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.

Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads:

Model Math Word Problems

21 Feb

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Math Word Problems – Addition is a wonderful app for kindergarten and first grade students.  This app provides multiple ways for children to model their computation and supports them in finding the answer.  There is audio support and lots of ways for students to find a solution. The first level of this app is free with download.

Here are two Common Core math lesson plans for teaching with mobile devices:

Track Conferences with Stream Reading

19 Feb

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 11.21.56 AMIf you’re looking for a way to track conferences with your mobile device, check out Stream Reading.  Designed for both iPhone and iPad users this app  lets teachers easily manage reading reports and organize student data.  You can record audio of a student reading using your device’s microphone and  document what happened when you met with the student for a conference.

photo 2 (40)Stream Reading helps users keep track of when they met with students, record data on their comprehension of a text, and check off what strategies children were using as they read.  There is also a spot for teachers to type in comments and goals.  You’ll love the quick reference guide that includes prompting questions to monitor student comprehension.

With Stream Reading teachers can easily share and export data via email, Dropbox or printing straight from the device.  It also gives you the option to send goals directly to students and parents and set reminders for future conferences.  Learn more about Stream Reading by visiting their website!

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads

13 Feb

The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:

  1. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.27.50 PM
  2. Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
  3. Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
  4. Class Charts (gather behavior data)
  5. Screenshots (capture student work)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
  7. Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
  8. Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
  9. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
  10. Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
  11. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)

 

13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

+1 Record Your Work Using Doceri

Class Charts to Track Behavior

28 Jan

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Class Charts is a behavior tracking technology tool that makes it easy for teachers to collect data in their classroom.  This tool can be used to create seating charts for a class that provides a visual overview of student needs.  Class Charts gives teachers the ability to track and share data on student behavior to promote collaboration with colleagues.any_device

Class Charts will automatically create seating charts for students that can be edited to fit different classroom layouts.  These seating plans highlight key data for teachers that can be printed as reports to share with parents. Teachers can even add student photographs to their virtual seating chart to help learn names and keep classroom visitors informed about student needs.  Class Charts can be accessed from a laptop, desktop or tablet’s Internet browser and it is completely free!  Visit Class Chart’s website to learn more about this product – and watch their video too!