Tech Buffs An Instructional Technology Newsletter for the Herds@Florence

Technology you can use everyday:Part 2

All of the tech mentioned today can be incorporated into your classroom everyday allowing Formative Assessments to happen quickly and consistently. If you research why students love gaming so much, the top list includes FEEDBACK-it's constant weather it's point based, badge based, levels conquered or leader-boards on display. Kids ALWAYS know how they are doing. Shouldn't the same be for education? Giving feedback consistently using traditional teaching methods takes soo much time, these tools can give you the time you need, to give the feedback THEY NEED, in order to succeed in your class. Each one of these tools is free waiting for you to use. Need help or want to learn more, reach out, I'm ready!

Socrative grades 5-12

Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens.

Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning

An easy-to-use tool for building assessments and seeing results in real-time. It's everything you need to improve instruction and help student learning.

Padlet grades 3-12

Welcome to the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Padlet is a way for you and your students to collaborate, brainstorm, gather thoughts, hold discussions in an online "thumbtack board" constantly updating with the latest thoughts from your students.

Features of Padlet include: auto-saving, link sharing, add pictures, to your board easily. It is available in multiple languages. You can access from mobile devices, laptops, or desktops. You can add photos from the app. Privacy is controlled by the creator. Choose from five options: Public, Secret, Password Protected, Totally Private, and Organization-Wide

GoFormative grades 3-12

Student Growth Made Easy, Free yourself to teach while we handle the classroom data.
Formative assignments, assessments and homework automagically display student work as-it-happens and keep track of student growth to standards.

So how does it work?

First you'll build a live assignment.and have students participate....or... Upload & Transform Any PDF/DOC into an assessment. Don't want to create an assignment from scratch? No problem! Simply upload any document, click to add places for your students to respond, edit any question details and you're done. Assign to your class in seconds! Give access to your classes with one click or send to anyone using a link or join code. Oh, and you can post to Google Classroom, embed on your website and more. The best part, the students work is live. Live responses provide the alerts needed to intervene. Give feedback and easily score or auto-grade student work.

~Marisa Mejia, your Instructional Technology Specialist. Thanks for the read! Please reach out anytime if you would like some help or just a friendly face to help implement these instructional tools into your classroom.
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