Category Archives: Students


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


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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FOLLOW-UP about Photos for Class

followupI have received several comments (in person and via email, etc.) from fellow educators since yesterday’s post about Photos for Class. It seems that teachers have been looking for safe searching sites and are pleased to be able to use this one!

If you know of other resources for “safe images” for student use, please add them in the comments below!

Even though this is a great resource, it is important that we still monitor student use. Photos for Class tries very hard to make sure no inappropriate images slip by, but NOTHING is 100% foolproof. I’ve copied/pasted some information from their “About” page below.

Personally, I love the fact that if you search for “naughty words,” you get search results for “adorable puppies.” I wouldn’t point that out to my students, because I don’t want to encourage them to try “naughtier words,” but I still like it!

From Photos for Class

Our Beliefs

At Clever Prototypes we firmly believe in freedom of speech and a completely open internet. We also believe there is a right and wrong place for certain content and that in a school setting, especially elementary school, a lot of content is not appropriate.

Specifically, we are concerned with doing our best to minimize exposure to scantily clad men and women and racially offensive material. At a personal level, while working on Storyboard That our team spends a lot of time researching time periods and costumes. It can be frustrating being constantly barraged with either (usually both) half naked women and hateful racial imagery.

We are less concerned with imagery of alcohol, drugs and violence since the user is typically specifically looking for that content and it is not accidentally shown, and can also be the focus of educational papers.

How Our Filtering Works

We use a four step filtering system that grows stronger as our community helps us.

  1. Flickr has done an amazing job pre-filtering content as “globally safe for all ages” – you can read more at
  2. We ban certain search terms that contain restricted words like Sexy (example sexy outfit, sexy lady, etc.)
  3. We ban certain keywords but only if used by themselves. For example we won’t let you search for butt, but you can search for butter.
  4. Our community reports images as inappropriate and if we agree we will remove it from our searchable content

Again, if you know of other resources for “safe images” for student use, please add them in the comments below!

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