Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom. Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet. In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.
Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards. Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer. News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.
Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!
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Chronicle is a powerful conferring app for Reading and Writing Workshop. With the ability to easily associate and share pictures, videos, and audio recording with any individual or group note, Chronicle is also effective for communication and data documentation in any subject. Designed for the iPad, this app gives teachers space to stay organized and keep track of data.
Additionally, Chronicle also lets teachers to connect the Common Core Standards with any class, so they can be used as a reference tool or instructional purposes in a teacher’s daily routine. Mastery of these standards can be visually tracked using Chronicle’s Traffic Light System. Based on proficiency levels, teachers can simply flag students red, yellow, or green. Similarly, IEP goals, report card descriptors, and other learning objectives can be effectively monitored.
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.
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!
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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!