6 Tools for Self-Assessment

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.

This question – How can my students self-assess their learning? – comes from Chapter 6 of the book.

It’s important to note that there are varying levels of self-assessment. In the book, I discuss the three stages of the self-assessment cycle that James McMillan and Jessica Hearn identified in their article “Student Self-Assessment: The Key to Stronger Student Motivation and Higher Achievement.” They are: self-monitoring, self-evaluation, and identifying learning targets and instructional corrective. In the book, as well as in this resource, I focus mostly on the self-evaluation stage.

The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students blog about their learning and growth?

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Quizizz, Quizlet, Kahoot, Flippity.net, Spreadsheet Conditional Formatting, and Checklists in Spreadsheet or Docs.. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

This infographic features the text: "#EduDuctTape Question, Chapter 6. How can my students self-assess their learning? Quizizz - Students are prompted to slow down, can improve with redemption questions, can play repeatedly, and can use flashcards. Quizizz - Students are prompted to slow down, can improve with redemption questions, can play repeatedly, and can use flashcards. Kahoot - The classic classroom game tool also features flashcards, practice mode, and gamified test yourself mode. Flippity.net - The custom flashcard creator includes read-aloud option plus video and audio on cards, along with other games. Spreadsheet Conditional Formatting - Set your sheets to color in cells when the correct answer is entered! Checklists in Spreadsheets or Docs - Checking off learned skills or remembered facts taps into the power of self-monitoring."

 

 

6 Tools for Student Blogging

#EduDuctTape Question

This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.

This question – How can my students blog about their learning and growth? – comes from Chapter 5 of the book. Having never done blogging in my classroom, this one required extensive research on my part.

After putting in that time to research it, the best next step that I can think of is to share my findings with you! The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students blog about their learning and growth?

This image features the #EduDuctTape Question from Chapter 5 of my book. It shows a picture of the Educational Duct Tape book cover, a boy typing on a laptop, and a collection of books, along with logos for the apps that are included. The text states "How can my students blog about their learning and growth? Blogger - This tool has less “teacher features,” but using a Google Workspace for Edu tool is a plus. Edublogs - Teachers get lots of control and an efficient interface with this WordPress-based tool. Write About - This paid-only tool lets you assign prompts and provide audio or text feedback. Fanschool (Kidblog) - Paid-only tool adds Google Drive embeds & connections with other classes. Weebly - This tool enables blogging and webpage-creation, offering twice the potential. Gimkit Ink - New option offers lots of creative freedom and multiple publishing options."
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John Dewey told us that “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” If we want our students to reflect on their experiences, blogging might be the best way to encourage it. In Chapter 5 of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I cover these 6 blogging tools in detail. This infographic provides an overview of those tools.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Blogger, Edublogs, Write About, Fanschool, Weebly, and Gimkit Ink. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

 

 

4 Formative Assessment Tools for Rich Insights

#EduDuctTape Question

This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This post is part of a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. In each chapter (aside from the first and last chapters), I pose a question that a teacher might have and suggest a handful of educational technology tools that have the potential to be the right answer.

This question comes from Chapter 4 of the book. The infographic below features the 4 tools that I recommend for rich formative assessment data. There are 5 other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 4 that I consider the best choices for most educators.

Tools for quick formative assessments are covered in Chapter 3 as well as in this infographic. Stay tuned for future infographics that cover formative assessment tools for use within instruction (Chapter 11) or within videos (Chapter 12).

Need a bit more information to decide which tool is best for you? I elaborate on each of them in the book!

How can I get rich formative assessment data about my students’ learning?

This infographic is for the #EduDuctTape question "How can I get rich formative assessment data about my students’ learning?" The image shows a girl wearing a backpack, some books, the logos for the 4 tools, and a smartphone screen with the following text on it: "Formative - Ask students for a wide variety of response types including text, drawings, and images; see and respond to student answers in real time; and track student progress to learning standards. Classkick - Teachers ask a variety of questions, even ones with manipulatives. Students respond with text, images, audio, drawings and more. Students can provide anonymous support to their peers. Edulastic - See rich, standards- aligned data from this platform’s wide variety of standardized test-like question types. Also: an extensive question bank + lots of math features. Flipgrid - Students show what they know with video or audio responses that they can edit and enhance with images, drawings, and more! Plus, give them video or audio feedback!"
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In the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I cover formative assessment tools across multiple chapters.  In this one, I discuss tools that may take a little longer to set up, use, and reflect on, but will offer richer data and a better peek into our students’ comprehension.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 4 of my favorite tech tools for this – Formative, Classkick, Edulastic, and Flipgrid. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!