5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning
It is critical in every classroom to use formative assessment techniques. Students and their teachers should never be caught off guard by the end of a unit assessment. Furthermore, with the availability of so many excellent educational technology tools, assessing student learning is a straightforward process. Please see the following five of my favorite ways to assess student learning in the classroom.
Before the implementation of a 1:1 program in my building, we allowed students to bring their own devices to class. It was around this time that I came across Kahoot, which has since become a staple in my classroom environment. My students enjoy competing against one another in Kahoot games, which we use for formative assessment a few times per week. Student participation in the assessment process can be made more enjoyable with the help of Kahoot, which offers a variety of options for activities. It includes both classic and team modes, allowing students to participate in a game either individually or as part of a group. Students earn points by answering questions quickly and accurately, and they have a lot of fun keeping an eye on the leaderboard the entire time. Put Kahoot on your list of tools to investigate further. I use it as a bell ringer, for test review, and a variety of other things.
It works similarly to Kahoot, in that it allows teachers to collect evidence of student learning in a fun, gamified environment. When teachers use the program to create activities, they can search for and use games and questions that have been created by other participants. This can be extremely beneficial for students who are accustomed to answering questions only when they are presented by their teacher. Teachers can assign a Google Classroom activity to students to complete in class or as homework, and students can complete the activity online. Students’ devices display questions and answers, which eliminates the need for them to crane their necks to see the board while surrounded by their classmates. As students respond to questions, they are greeted with fantastic memes that are based on how accurate their answers were. It was a lot of fun. Teachers can see individual student progress as well as data from the entire class, which is extremely useful for assessing student learning.
Many students are familiar with Quizlet as a tool for creating flashcards, but it is much more than that. Quizlet recently released Quizlet Live, which enables teachers to create collaborative learning games that emphasize concept mastery and promote collaboration among students. Any Quizlet flashcard deck can be used to create a game for students. After at least six players have signed up for the game, they are divided into random groups. Teachers can create their teams by purchasing the premium version. To correctly answer the questions, students must collaborate. Although all team members are presented with the same question on their respective screens, they are presented with different lists of answer options. As teams answer correctly, they move up the board in a clockwise direction. The winning team is the one that correctly answers 11 questions in a row, and the competition aspect encourages children to learn so that they can support their team.
You need to look no further than Padlet if you’re looking for a collaborative space for your students to communicate about anything. Padlet is a free tool that allows teachers and students to share information, resources, images, and more (there is also a premium version available). To encourage all students to reflect on their learning, I use Padlet in my flipped classroom as a backchannel. Every class I teach has a Padlet wall called WSWR, which stands for “what should we review,” and I encourage each of my students to contribute a reflection from the instructional videos they have watched. In this forum, students can post concepts that they believe should be reviewed, and their classmates can respond to what they have posted. A review screencast is also created for each class using the WSWR wall, which is based on what the students believe needs to be reviewed.
Flipgrid has emerged as the newest member of the educational technology (ed-tech) community in recent months. Teacher-created grids (similar to class sections in Classroom or a learning management system) and post topics for students to reflect on are possible with Flipgrid. Students respond to prompts by watching a video and following a simple four-step procedure. Student responses can be viewed by teachers, who can then provide timely feedback. Teachers can also encourage students to respond to the submissions of their classmates. Teachers can share grids and topics with students using Google Classroom or a QR code, or they can keep the grids and topics to themselves.