Tool Time

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?   

5 thoughts on “Tool Time

  1. Hey Dalton! I loved the interactiveness of your presentation a couple of weeks ago and liked getting first-hand experience with some of the tools. My classes loved both Classkick and Go Formative so I’ll take that as a win. You mentioned in your post to comment on our favourite math edtech tools and mine would have to be Delta Math, specifically for high school math courses. This website has math from early numeracy all the way up to advanced placement Calculus! I loved using it with my students in the spring to do formative checks with multiple choice and it’s free! I would recommend checking it out! Thanks again for sharing so much of your knowledge on these tools! I’m looking forward to using more of them in my classroom this year!

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    1. Delta Math… never heard of it! I will definitely check it out. There are so many tools out there and they all take time to understand, set up classes, create content etc., but SO worth it if we can find the time to dedicate to it! Thanks for reading!

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  2. Great post and presentation last week, Dalton! I am really enjoying using Knowledgehook lately (just started using it about 2 weeks ago). Something I tried today was to create my own “mission” for students. You can create your own questions or use questions from other missions. I tried one of the “exit ticket missions”, but I found that it didn’t quite fit my needs, so I’m looking forward to the flexibility of creating my own.

    Seesaw is the tool I use 90% of the time with my students at eSchool. I love the continuous back and forth feedback loop, the ability to annotate and “send back” work to students and all the tools to create engaging activities. Sometimes there are funny things with Seesaw, but there is a community of educators dedicated to creating “work-arounds” that they share in Facebook groups, Twitter and the Seesaw community website. It’s cool that these work-arounds work, but sometimes I wish the app would just do what you want the first time. But those are very minor details and overall it is a really excellent tool. Although I use it with Grade 3, I could see benefits of using with older students as well, simply because it is a great digital portfolio.

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    1. Interesting! I know teachers at my school love SeeSaw, but you are right, it would be nice if these apps worked properly the first time. However, it is great that you can connect with other educators dealing with the same technical issues to solve the problems. We do a great deal of troubleshooting among staff members at my school, and it always feels great when one of us can solve the problem! Thanks for reading!

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  3. Thanks for such an engaging and informative presentation! I really enjoyed using a lot of the tools during the presentation. I have experience using Seesaw as a digital portfolio in both a physical classroom and in an online learning environment. In a physical classroom, it’s beneficial for the students because they can share their learning to their families. In an online classroom, Seesaw is used more for learning and responding because it’s set up as the online classroom. It can be useful in both scenarios. I find that Seesaw is really good at coming out with new features and tools regularly, which is really nice for the user! Thanks again for getting us thinking about assessment tools!

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