I know that I have been looking for a way to assess my student's learning using their devices. I especially have people ask about Math since most math teachers want to see their students' work and not just a multiple choice answer. Well, take a look at The Answer Pad. It's a free web based assessment site. It does have a companion app called TapIt, but it is only available for the ipad. No worries! Students can also use their web browser and complete the formative or summative assessments that you have created. In fact, you use your paper/pencil questions and students simply put in their answer. There are a variety of answer choices available including coordinate grids. Teachers can also tie each question to a common core standard so you can track if students are mastering a particular standard. For math tests, teachers can allow the use of a calculator that is accessible from the student site or the TapIt app. To begin, you simply sign up for a free account, create your classes, and then add your students or have them join by using a code that you create. Here's a short introductory video to tell you more about it.
So I stumbled across a great new tool for using videos in the classroom in a more interactive way. It's called EDPuzzle. It's pretty simple you can create your own video and upload it to the site, or you can choose from videos from YouTube, LearnZillion, Kahn Academy, National Geographic, etc. Once you have chosen your video, you can use the entire video or crop it just to the section that you want. Using the toolbar along the top, you can add a question at any point in the video by clicking on question mark icon. When the video is playing, it will pause when it reaching one of your question stops. You can then save your created "interactive video" and share it as an assignment to your classes. There are a few ready made video lessons that you can use as well. It's a pretty cool tool for making those videos more engaging for your students or using it in a flipped classroom! It's definitely worth checking out!
It's hard to believe that another year has gone by. It's been a busy one for me with lots of new learning for BYOD strategies and apps. So, I thought I would end 2013 with an app and/or strategy sharing. So please feel free to reply to this post with any app or technology integration strategy you have found to be beneficial in your classroom. Don't be shy! It's always great to learn from others. Be sure to complete the End of the Year Survey! Happy New Year!!
I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.