Category Archives: Classroom

Quizizz

quizizzforblogIf you’re looking for a fun way to conduct student-paced formative assessments, then you MUST check out Quizizz.

It’s similar to Kahoot, in that teachers (or even students!) create or choose a quiz. Students or participants can use any type of internet-enabled device (tablet, computer, smartphone) to join the quiz with a five digit code.

Quizizz offers some unique features that I really like:

  • Quizizz is student paced, which can be less stressful for participants. This also means there’s no waiting time between questions for the rest of the class to catch up.
  • Quiz questions and answers appear on the individual student devices, rather than one the screen in the classroom.
  • Quizizz games have a “homework” option, allowing a teacher to keep a quiz open for up to two weeks. Students can complete the quiz at any point, but teachers can see real-time results any time.
  • There are plenty of quiz settings that are easy to use (jumbling questions, jumbling answers, showing the leaderboard between questions, showing memes*, and more.)
  • MEMES … By default, Quizizz will show a funny meme between each question. If your class “just can’t handle it,” you can turn this feature off. The most recent update is that teachers can upload their own memes now … imagine creating some with pictures of teachers or administrators on your campus. That would be fun!

Check out this short presentation explaining some of the features of Quizizz:


Quizizz Presentation from Quizizz


There are LOTS of great tutorials and blog posts about Quizizz, but these are a few of my favorites …

Have you used Quizizz in your classroom? What do you like best about it?

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Student Driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw

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Seesaw is an easy-to-use, free digital portfolio tool for students that may just ROCK. YOUR. CLASSROOM.

Seesaw works on all devices, including iPads, Androids, Chromebooks and on computers with Chrome or Firefox, which makes this tool perfect for BYOD districts (like ours!) Students can show what they know by using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. They can create and submit images, drawings, and videos that record their voices while drawing simultaneously all within the app or they can submit work created in other creation tools on their device. It doesn’t stop there. Students have the ability to “like” or add comments on their classmates’ work as well.

Don’t worry if you only have one or two devices (including student computers!) in your classroom. Students can create/submit work into their own folders from any device – even a shared device!

Seesaw Blogs are the newest feature and quite honestly, student blogging has NEVER BEEN EASIER. This is such a simple way to share a selection of work from students’ Seesaw portfolios on a public class blog, giving students a broader, global audience for learning.

The following video(s) walk you through every single step needed to use Seesaw – from setting up your first class to the student’s experience as well as the teacher’s experience to blogging!

HINT: click the playlist icon in the upper left corner to move between the different videos. Or just watch them all (like I did!)

How are YOU using Seesaw? If you’re in our district, don’t forget that I’m here to help you! Just ask.

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Gynzy

I recently heard about Gynzy, a site with embeddable, interactive content for whiteboards and websites. Although much of their content is only available through a subscription ($10/month for a teacher account), they do have a collection of 50 FREE activities that anyone can use.

You can select an activity to use in your classroom, or use the simple embed code (that’s conveniently listed below the activity preview) to add it to your website so your students can use it anytime.

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What’s your favorite activity?

 

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