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ClassroomIQ for Simple Grading

17 Sep

ClassroomIQ_logoClassroomIQ 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.

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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!

New Premium Services from Frolyc

16 Sep

student-ac-spotEarlier 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 for Customizable Assessments

7 Sep

logo-lgMelonPrep 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!

Use ZipGrade to Grade Assessments

25 Aug

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeAs you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade.  It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.

In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.

Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!

 

Scan Answer Sheets From Your iPhone or iPad with ZipGrade

21 May

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeZipGrade is a fantastic product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This app gives you an answer sheet template (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test simply input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

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