Ditch grading, get immediate results and see who understands which standards you are teaching with one of these three formative Assessment tools: Nearpod, Quizlet and Plickers.
Nearpod is by far my favorite assessment tool! Not only is this an assessment tool, its a powerpoint, puzzle generator and online polling tool. I use nearpod about 6 times a year in my classroom. That may not sound like much, but that's a lot considering I'm not in a one-to-one position with technology in my classroom.
- easy to use
- download other near pods for free
- buy pre-made Nearpods on a particular subject
- easy to edit and save for future use
- fun activities for students
- instant formative assessment results
- teacher controls activity
- students are actively engaged in content
- everyone can see slides easily so you don't have to worry about the kids who can't see the board
- can add quizzes, videos and other content
- formative assessment results are broken down by student and you can have a report emailed to you on how many times homework nearpod has been viewed
- some of the bundles are expensive
- Nearpod does not work in all browsers
- students would need internet access at home to do Nearpod homework.
Fun from the front page onward! My colleague Karen and I liked watching Quizlets around the world be created in South America, Austrailia and Asia. The most interesting geographic pins were students in Japan learning Spanish, students in Austrailia learning their own history and students in South America learning French. As an educator it was fascinating to find out what other educators around the world are currently teaching in their classrooms
- easy to use
- options for student answers
- download other quizlets and modify them saving time for lesson planning
- students can instantly see their grades.
- students need online access.
Plickers - who wouldn't love these? Instantly scanning a classroom of students and having data on your mobile device within seconds is such a valuable tool.
- can make questions directly on Plicker website or
- you can just poll your students on a verbal question asked in class
- can download and look at Plicker reports of your students
- easy & fun for students to use
- high student engagement
- Damaged cards won't work and students in subsequent class periods won't have a card
- cards will need to be replaced with specific cards if lost or damaged
- students must be entered by typing in names, no excel import is available,
- help page is not very helpful - only answers basic questions, could not find app on
If you're new or an advanced techie, any one of these online formative assessment tools are well worth your time and effort for easy data gathering of where you're students are with learning content in your class!