Thanks to all my fellow EC&I 833 classmates who have given such positive feedback to Matt Trevor and I after our Assessment Tools presentation. We are very happy that so many people were able to use one or multiple tools we demonstrated over the last week!
There are so many possibilities for these tools, and we had a much longer list of tools we gladly would have used.
We thought we had everything timed to around one hour, but as per a usual teaching day, time adjustments need to be made. If you have used any Math formative assessment Ed Tech apps, please comment below on what app you have used and why you like / dislike it!
I have used most of the apps that we explored last Tuesday night, however I was new to Socrative and ClassKick. Quizizz is a great app, I really cannot speak higher of this tool. I have used it to substitute and traditional scantron test but have also used it as a study tool and for fun brain breaks (however, Kahoot is a far better brain break in students’ opinions). In preparation for high school, I have often used Quizizz to practice multiple choice questions and assign a writing task to practice the traditional high school exam. Am I jeopardizing my pedagogy to ensure students can practice high school-like exams? Yes. Do I like it? No. But that is a discussion for another blog post! When using the site to gain an idea of summative learning, I turn off the timer, turn off redemption questions, and make sure that questions / answers are jumbled. The biggest downside is students cannot return to the question later, as students would be able to on a pencil, paper, and scantron exam; however, in my opinion, it does help with teacher workload and saves time with marking tests.
Another tool my students have enjoyed in the past is Flipgrid. Flipgrid usually lends itself to summative assessment with a Connectivist mindset. It challenges some students to succinctly express their thoughts but can help many EAL students whose writing is not their strong suit.
In the past, I have used, and piloted for RCSD, MyBlueprint and Scholantis for digital portfolios, but the largest and most popular portfolio app is SeeSaw, however I do not have any experience with it. Pros and Cons to all those apps, but it sounds like SeeSaw has the fewest cons compared to its pros. My class uses MyBlueprint but students struggle to find authenticity in digital portfolios to exhibit their learning. Try as I might, often it is too much of an uphill battle and the digital portfolio easily falls to the side (see our satirical video as an example). Reflection of learning is very important . . . if it is authentic, and quite often teachers and students struggle to find the authenticity.
Do you have any experience with digital portfolios?