formative assessment

Automating Question Creation with AI and Quillionz

What does it look like to check for understanding with digital tools? Manual question generation is definitely time-consuming. Although there are times when you’ll want to customize, tweak and make your own questions for students, there is a new tool you’ll certainly want to check out. Quillionz makes automating question creation a reality. Quillionz is […]

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How To Get Started with Backchannels – Easy EdTech Podcast 004

In this episode I share strategies for using backchannels in your classroom to increase engagement and check for understanding. You’ll hear how this strategy can help with your formative assessment routines as well as some of my absolute favorite EdTech tools to help get the job done! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: […]

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Reading Fluency Assessment for Elementary Students

Digital tools give educators new ways to obtain a more complete picture of students’ early literacy and reading fluency. From kindergarten, through the elementary grades, online platforms can help teachers gather information on students and design an action plan to support their growth. I’m excited to share an online reading fluency assessment designed specifically for […]

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Writing Assessment Prep and Practice from Writable

Making sure that students have everything they need before state exams is definitely stressful. As a classroom teacher, I remember just how hard it was to find “just right” prompts and practice activities for students. Writable is a practical EdTech tool for teachers and students. Educators can use it to make sure that state summative […]

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Help Student Writers Practice and Grow with Writable

One of the highlights of my work is talking shop with other educators who are passionate about the power of technology in education. Earlier this month I chatted with Dr. Troy Hicks, a Professor of English & Education at Central Michigan University. We spoke about the world of literacy and EdTech. Dr. Hicks mentioned his […]

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History of the Olympics: Assignments from Edcite

It’s time for Round 2 of the Edcite Olympic Games series! In this round, they have shared some engaging formative assessments about the history of the Olympics. This set of resources provides students with ELA and Math practice. At the same time students can dive into thematic resources. You will also find ways to check […]

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Super Bowl ELA & Math Questions from Edcite

Formative assessments and homework don’t have to be boring. There are ways to assess the skills you’re teaching and make content engaging at the same time. Edcite is a digital platform that offers teachers the flexibility to create standards-aligned questions for any topic or current event. This includes Super Bowl ELA and Math questions. Giving students […]

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Turn Assessments into Fun Classroom Quizzes with Quizalize

Quizalize is a great online tool that lets teachers turn quick classroom quizzes into exciting multi-player games.  Teachers can create a quiz on any subject they want. They can slo use one of the hundreds of quizzes teachers have already created in the Quizalize Marketplace.  Students can take the quiz on any device with a browser. This includes […]

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Explain Everything on Chromebooks for Students

You can now use Explain Everything on Chromebooks in your classroom! One of my favorite mobile apps to share with tablet teachers is Explain Everything.  This powerful screencasting tool lets students record their thinking using audio, drawing and a variety of features. When I present to teachers on digital storytelling, apps for content area instruction, and must-have tools […]

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TinyTap Insights: Analytics for Teachers

Earlier this year I shared TinyTap, a fantastic creation tools for teachers and students.  They’ve just launched Insights, a data management tool to leverage your favorite TinyTap lessons into quantifiable teaching resources. TinyTap was can give analytics for teachers. Now teachers have the power to create interactive lessons for students. They now give teachers the tools to see real-time […]

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