Using Technology for Student Assessments

As schools transition to a blended learning environment, teachers can use some great digital assessment tools to help assess learning.

 

Students really enjoy using online assessment tools because it allows them to use technology, which they naturally gravitate towards.

Not all assessment needs to be pen and paper. Students really enjoy using online assessment tools because it allows them to use technology.

Digital Assessment Ideas

Check out these eight digital assessment tools when you are planning your next unit.

Plickers is an assessment tool that does not require each student to need their own device. A teacher sets up a Plickers account, and then prints off a class set of answer cards. The teacher asks a question to the class and students respond by turning their answer card in one of the four directions. A quick scan using a smartphone or a tablet captures all of the students’ answers.

Kahoot is a quiz show-type method to review concepts or assess students’ prior knowledge. Students sign into a premade or teacher-created Kahoot using a specific code. Students use their devices to select one of the four answer options.

Edpuzzle allows students to watch teacher-selected videos with embedded questions. Students watch videos and answer the guiding questions from their teacher.

Google Classroom is an online learning management system (LMS). It allows teachers to post announcements, assignments, questions or post photos. Upload assignments directly into Google Classroom and students complete the assignments in the classroom and submit them for assessment.

Flipgrid is an online video service that allows students to respond to questions in a quick video format. For students that did not want to show their faces, I would allow them to focus the camera on a book, stuffed animal, pet or use stickers/emojis to cover their faces.

Padlet and Google Jamboard are online bulletin boards that students and teachers can collaboratively post to.

Many teachers have raved about an online tool called Blooket. It is similar to Kahoot, but many of the games are not always time-based. The major difference when comparing it to Kahoot is that most of the game options are not necessarily time-based. Although you certainly still have the opportunity to get a better score the faster you play, students that do not necessarily answer the questions fast still have the opportunity to win. This feature is fantastic as it levels the playing field for students. It allows for a greater variety of students to win and they all love to see themselves on the podium.

Which one of these tools is your favourite? Reach out to me on Instagram and let me know.

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  3. Online Learning For English Language Arts
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