technology integration

Tools for Quick Check-ins with Students

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a department whose members are interested in ways to integrate technology in their teaching and student learning.  We focused on technology tools that allow for quick student engagement to kick off a lesson, gauge student understanding at points during a class, or wrap-up a lesson.  Many students have personal devices on which they can access the internet.  Each of these web based tools is easy to use and many include options to download reports, providing helpful formative assessment data.   Some of the tools we looked at are described below.  If you think you’d like to check one out and would like some support planning, creating or implementing a tool, let me know!

Tagxedo (www.tagxedo.com)

Create word clouds (“an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance.“) from individual contributions or an existing body of text.  As a class, collectively create a word cloud from the teacher workstation or have students work in pairs or independently to create word clouds when brainstorming ideas, reviewing concepts or analyzing text.

declaration
from the Declaration of Independence

technology
from a group brainstorm

Good for:

  • getting a visual representation of collective ideas (entrance ticket/activator, brainstorm, exit ticket)
  • analyzing text

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

No account or log in is required.  Teachers can go to the Tagxedo site and click Create.  From there, use a menu to select word cloud settings.  Text is either typed or pasted into the text entry window.   Once text is entered a submit button is clicked, resulting in the creation of a word cloud. Word Clouds can be saved as image files (.png  &  .jpg) and added to Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and web pages.

Tagxedo Tutorial


Quizlet  (www.quizlet.com)

Word sets (word/concept & definition) are created and can be studied via digital flashcard, matching games, & practice tests.  Images can be included and words/definitions can be spoken.  Engage with Quizlet sets as a whole class or students can access sets individually.  

Good for:

  • introducing vocabulary
  • reviewing vocabulary

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

No account or log in is required to view sets created by others.  Teachers can create an account to keep a list of favorite sets (created by others) or create their own sets.  Sets are easily shared via a link.  Teachers can project the site on the board for whole class vocabulary introduction/review.  Or, students can access the internet on their device and enter the link to work with a set.

Quizlet Tutorial


Socrative  (www.socrative.com)

Quickly engage students to learn what they know via a quick quiz, game or exit ticket.  Reports containing student responses can be viewed and downloaded.

Good for:

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Check-ins during class
  • Review materials
  • Quizzes
  • Exit tickets

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

Teachers create accounts and are assigned a Room ID that always stays the same.  Using the Quick Question feature, teachers can verbally ask a true/false, multiple choice or short answer question or write it on the board.  Students access Socrative by going to http://b.socrative.com/login/student/ in their browser on their device, entering the Room ID and their name.  An app can also be downloaded.  Student responses are shown in real time on the teacher dashboard and reports can be downloaded.  Exit tickets are just as quick to deploy as three standard questions are asked.  If you have a little more time, you can create quizzes before class  that include images, multiple choice questions, true/false questions and/or short answer questions.  Quizzes can be deployed as quizzes or as a game and reports can be viewed in real time as well as downloaded.

Socrative Tutorial


Infuse Learning (www.infuselearning.com)

Within minutes, engage students to learn what they know via seven different question types including true/false, multiple choice, sort order, open ended, numeric, draw response, and scale.  Options also exist for creating and deploying detailed quizzes.  Reports containing student responses can be viewed and downloaded.

Good for:

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Check-ins during class
  • Drawn responses
  • Reviewing Material
  • Quizzes
  • Exit tickets

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

Teachers create an accounts and are assigned a Room ID that always stays the same.  Using the Quick Assessment feature, teachers can verbally ask a question or write it on the board then deploy the assessment type to correspond with their question.  Students access Infuse Learning by going to http://student.infuselearning.com/ in their browser on their device, entering the Room ID and their name.  Student responses are shown in real time on the teacher dashboard and reports can be downloaded. More detailed quizzes can be created before class  choosing from six question types.  Images can be include with questions.  Quizzes can be deployed and results seen in real time as well as downloaded in report form.

Infuse Learning Tutorial


Kahoot (https://getkahoot.com/)

This game based tool lets you quickly gauge what students know.  Create multiple choice questions or surveys and allow students to compete for points in responding to questions.  Reports on student performance can be downloaded.

Good for:

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Check-ins during class
  • Exit ticket

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

Teachers can create an account and then duplicate existing question sets or create their own.  Images and videos can be included as  components of questions.  Game elements such as points and timing can be applied to questions.  When ready to play a round, teachers project the site and have students go to kahoot.it  on a device and enter the Game Pin which is generated and displayed when play is started.  A question is displayed along with answer choices.  Students select the corresponding answer icon on their device.  When time is up a graph displays all student responses and the top 5 scorers are listed.  The teacher controls the pace of the question deployment.  A report is available for download at the end of the game.

Kahoot Tutorial


Jeopardy Labs (https://jeopardylabs.com/)

Create a game in Jeopardy format to review vocabulary or concepts.  Students can play in teams.

Good for:

  • reviewing vocabulary and concepts

Teacher/Student responsibilities:

No account or log in is necessary to use this tool.  Search hundreds of existing games to use an existing game or create your own. Once a game is created, teachers create a passcode to further edit the game.  Once finalized, the game can be projected on the board.  The number of teams is selected and you are ready to play.  Keeping score is easy through links on the bottom of the screen.

Jeopardy Tutorial