With the free learning platform Kahoot!, teachers can create multiple-choice quizzes, surveys or polls in a matter of minutes. Public Kahoots! are available on the website for teachers to modify for their students. Students compete with each other to quickly submit their answers to earn the top score on the Kahoot! Scoreboard. Students can answer questions on laptops, desktops or mobile devices using the Kahoot! app. Data can be downloaded by teachers and viewed in Microsoft Excel.
To create a quiz, survey or poll, teachers should create and access their account using the following URL: https://getkahoot.com/
If the Kahoot! app is not being used to access quizzes, students can use the following URL instead: https://kahoot.it/#/
Teachers can create formative assessments with multiple-choice questions using the Plickers website, which is a free resource. Each student will receive a card with a unique barcode. As students hold up their cards to represent their selected answers, the teacher scans the cards with a mobile device using the Plickers app. Using the Live View on the Plickers website, the responses may be shown to the class as a bar graph or student list.
Teachers need to create an account to get started and to access the free visual codes at the following URL: https://plickers.com/
Create student-paced quizzes with short answer questions and multiple-choice questions using SMART Response System, which is accessible through the SMART Notebook version 15 or 16 software. Students can submit quiz answers using desktops, laptops or mobile devices. Assessment results can be viewed in graphs or a spreadsheet. Please note: The Notebook software does require a paid subscription so please contact your school’s SMART reseller for pricing.
Teachers will need to provide an activity code to students as they access the assessments at the following URL: https://classlab.com/
Within EdPuzzle, teachers can select videos from various sources (YouTube, Khan Academy, TED, Crash Course, and more) and embed open-ended questions and multiple-choice questions throughout the videos. This free resource can be used for a flip classroom model. Teachers are also able to crop videos, insert audio notes or narrate over videos. Students are able to independently view the videos on desktops or laptops via a web browser or on mobile devices using the EdPuzzle student app. After students view their assigned video and answer the questions, teachers receive a detailed score report of the grades and what questions were answered incorrectly/correctly.
To get started creating interactive videos, teachers should create and access their account using the following URL: https://edpuzzle.com/
With Wizer, teachers can create interactive or digital worksheets by adding various types of tasks such as open-ended, multiple-choice, matching, and sorting questions. Students can show what they know with the built-in drawing capabilities and through recording audio answers. Teachers can add image labels that can be filled in by students and record audio, making these interactive activities more accessible for all students. Teachers can easily receive student scores after worksheets are submitted. There are several ready-made worksheets shared on Wizer. Teachers can just select a worksheet and modify it for their students.
Teachers and students can create an account by using the following URL: https://app.wizer.me/
Teachers can provide a pin number to students to join their class. Students can create an account by using an email address or just by submitting their first and last names.
Digital Promise and Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials are a natural extension of educators’ professional learning journeys. Educators engage in both formal and informal professional learning activities but are rarely recognized for their informal learning. Micro-credentials do. They are:
- Competency-based: Micro-credentials allow educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice — for instance, checking for student understanding — and collect the evidence — such as classroom videos or student work to demonstrate ability in that specific skill.
- On-demand: The online platform clearly identifies each micro-credential’s competency and required evidence, and educators can start and continue the process of earning micro-credentials on their own time.
- Personalized: Because educators are able to select the micro-credentials they wish to earn, they can create their own professional learning journey aligned to their specific student needs and instructional goals.
- Shareable: Once educators earn micro-credentials, they can display the digital badges on Edmodo, LinkedIn, or a blog to signal their demonstrated competence
Thousands of educator professionals from around the country and around the world use Twitter Chats to develop their Personal Learning Network (PLN). Joining Twitter enables you to contribute to the conversation, but if you just want to watch and see what people are talking about and sharing, try a few of these sites in the link above by typing them into your search engine. The times listed are when the chats go live, but you can tune in and check them out any time.
Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow. This free, video-based website allows you to search by subject, grade or topic and watch professional teachers demonstrate skills in the classroom. You can network with teachers, discuss videos with others, and ask questions. This is anytime, anywhere professional development.
Common Sense Education provides high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities, empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Their free resources include ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
If you want to learn about Digital Citizenship, this is the place to go. You can use their PD to learn the foundations of Digital Citizenship or become a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator.
edWeb.net is a highly-acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb integrates live edWebinars with online professional learning communities that provide educators with anytime, anywhere, ongoing professional development support.