Wednesday

Kahoot.it - Awesome Engagement Tool

Kahoot.it - Awesome Engagement Tool

Sorry that I haven't posted anything in a while. Had a busy school year, and an amazing 1st year with my son. But enough with that, I wanted to share with you an amazing webapp known as Kahoot.it which allows you to operate a time sensitive multiple choice quiz style game for a whole class. (If you want to make a game, you will need to visit https://getkahoot.com)


Review
This app is amazingly effective for use with students. I have found that it is a great tool to use for review. I have played other Jeopardy style games and there would always be that one or two students who get turned off because their team leader isn't paying attention to their responses.  Kahoot.it solves the problem of the un-engaged student. Kahoot.it relies on students to have web access, but that can be on a phone, an iPod/iPad, or a laptop.The sense of competition is off the charts compare to every other tool that I have ever used. Kahoot.it allows you to create or use a pre-existing game board which is essentially a multiple choice question quiz that rewards students with more points for answering quickly. Students use their phones or internet devices like ipods, or ipads to submit their answers.

During a class I will ask if students have access to internet on their device. If I have even one person who doesn't have an internet access device I have students pair up with other students who do. They then operate as a pair. I typically incentivize their participation and reward the winning team with a bonus on the upcoming quiz or a test.

Kahoot.it could be used as a tool to introduce a topic with a pre-test and post-test framework to measure student progress.

Students generally had great feedback about playing the game and some were persistent and asking each day if we would be playing again. So be prepared for students to like it.

Each time I used the game with students it provided me great insight as an educator so that I can tell what topics students had mastered and which topics they had difficulty with.

Easy to Use
Kahoot.it is super easy to get started with using. You can use many of the teacher created game boards or make your own.  There are thousands of previously created game boards and there is even an option to choose only games create by other teachers.  You can preview existing games, and if there are questions that you want to omit or add additional questions, you can duplicate the board and edit it to liking. Be sure to publish your boards to continue to support that community.

Great Data Available
After you play a game with your class, there is an opportunity to get a lot of data about the game and which players answered each question. The data tells you their answers whether they answered correct or incorrect as well as how long it took the student to select the answer. The data can be downloaded and viewed in Excel or saved directly to Google Drive. This data can be very informative about which topics students have trouble understanding.

Here are some snapshots from Kahoot.it - Remember if you want to create game boards go to getkahoot.com - Players of the games will visit kahoot.it








Thursday

ZipGrade- Save Time Grading Papers and get lots of Data in the process



Zipgrade is by far the single most useful app for education that I have ever used. Not only has it saved me a ton of time, but it has also allowed me to get a better understanding of the topics that students are struggling with. The amount of data that can be seen from the App and from the experimental website is amazing. Read more...........

Quick Key



Got Featured in the QuickKey Beta Testimonial

Can't wait for the NDA to be over so that I can share with you how cool this app really is.

Tuesday

My Favorite New Tool - Remind 101 - Text Reminders to Students



Send Text Reminders to Students

In a typical school year I try out dozens of web based tools, and many of them fall by the wayside within a matters of days.  Remind 101 has been one of the few tools that I keep around in my toolbox and will definitely use next school year and for years to come.

There are many features that are awesome about this app, here is the rundown.

  • Free
  • Safe for Teachers & Students
  • Easy to Use
  • Apps available
  • Schedule Reminders for Convenience
  • Students Love it


Read More.....

Friday

Dropitto.me - Great File Collection Tool for Teachers


Dropitto.me - Great File Collection Tool for Teachers


I highly recommend this service.  I used it after I got the bad news that Filestork would be closing and I would need another method to collect files from students.  I was able to embed it in my website to make collection easy.  One of the nice features of Dropitto.me is that you can set a password. The password is particularly useful when you want to allow access for only a particular amount of time.  So if the deadline is 6pm, I can go in and change the password and prohibit students from submitting late work. I    recommend that you give it a try, remember that it does require a Dropbox account.  So if you need an account please consider using my link to sign up, we will both get additional space (+250mb) for using my link, please leave your thoughts and useful ideas in the comments - http://bit.ly/EdTechDrop


My Favorite Place to find Copyright Friendly Images





This summer I imagine that many of you are updating your presentations and visuals for, and it is great to incorporate high quality pictures. I typically have recommended Flickr as the go to place to find images when asked by students, but I have recently been using  http://sxc.hu a wonderful site that is affiliated with iStockPhoto.com and were recently purchased by Getty Images. Stock.xchng has a wide variety of well indexed and high quality royalty-free images.  They also have a generous usage policy as seen below.

Monday

Weebly for Education - Website Creation


Weebly

I have been an ardent Google Sites user and have setup several fellow faculty members with Google Sites for their classes over the years.  In fact in rare reversal of roles, my wife who was previously a Sites user told me about Weebly.  I watched as she made the conversion over to Weebly, and thought about all the possible limitations that a free service would have.  After her using it for about a year, I figured I would try it out.

Needless to say, I am making my own conversion to Weebly and that is why I couldn't wait to share this tool. Read more after the Break.....

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