Tag Archives: test prep

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!

12 Super Study Tools for Students

6 Sep

Are you teaching students good study skills?

Do you want to introduce mobile apps that can be used on your students’ personal devices?

You’re bound to find something on this list that can help you and your students this school year!

  1. Synopsis (flashcards)12 super study tools
  2. Shmoop (test prep guides)
  3. VocabularySpellingCity (games)
  4. EasyAnnotate (PDF viewer)
  5. NoteLedge (notetaking)
  6. Brainly (social network)
  7. Academic Help (writing guides)
  8. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards)
  9. Outread (speed reading)
  10. MathsRulz (formula guide)
  11. LifeNoted (organization)
  12. gFlash+ (flashcards)

Here are two other lists you may want to check out:

14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking

21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets

Shmoop: Learning Guides, Test Prep, and more!

2 Sep
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.53.37 PMShmoop is an online resource for students and teachers offering a wide range of content.  Their mission is to make learning accessible, relatable and fun so that students are engaged as they interact with course material.  Shmoop provides users access to free learning guides and study tools written by teachers and experts in their fields.  They have content that is designed for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.  This includes courses on “Breaking Bad as Literature” and “Bruce Springsteen’s America.”Career Research and Decision Making
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Course content from Shmoop has been used in schools across the country.  You’ll find a whole section of their site dedicated to teachers where you can dive into Common Core and Digital Literacy resources.  Whether you share this content with your students or recommend it to parents looking to support their students at home, your kids will benefit from the variety of study tools available.
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Visit Shmoop’s website to learn more!

Access Reading Passages and Lessons on Readworks

7 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 8.58.01 AMThere are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and Readworks.org should definitely be on your list.  This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level.  Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, Readworks.org is the place to go!

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Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!

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Synopsis – Flash Cards in a Flash!

20 May

IntroSynopsis is the new iPad app for students allows you to read any PDF document and create notes by highlighting text.  You can then modify these notes and add your own. This free app helps users summarize any text effortlessly so you won’t ever need to go back to the PDF document.  Each individual note can be converted to it’s own flashcard – a fantastic feature of the app.  There is no need to buy flashcards or manually type and create them thanks to Synopsis.

flashcardAll of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read your study material.  Once these flashcards are saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created.  Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video.

Learningpod for Test Prep Practice

4 May

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For teachers looking for free practice test questions Learningpod is worth checking out.  They have over 47,000 questions including content for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Teachers can find and assign question sets for students and keep track of their progress.  It works on multiple devices and has tons of question sets to choose from – learn more about the types of questions they feature by visiting  their website.

Here’s one of my favorite lesson plans for energizing test prep in your classroom!

 

Math Vocabulary Cards

2 Apr
Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 3.43.10 PMThe Math Learning Center has some fantastic free apps (Geoboard and Number Line) including the newly released Math Vocabulary Cards. This app includes card sets for grades K-2 and 3-5. Users can select which cards they want to study by category or individually.  The cards are automatically sorted in random order and users can hide and reveal one or more sections of each card.  This means that they can practice quizzing themselves using the math term, example or definition.

VocabCard1Math Vocabulary Cards is easy to navigate and definitely kid-friendly.  With this app your students can review definitions for geometry, measurement, and money terms – just to name a few.  Kids can also view terms and definitions in English or Spanish.  The Common Core State Standards expects that students are able to use math vocabulary to explain their thinking.  Math Vocabulary Cards is the perfect choice for helping students become stronger math students.  Visit their website to learn more.

This app is also Android friendly since it can be accessed online using an Internet browser.

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