You probably have seen the awesome jeopardy inspired templates made and shared in PowerPoint or Google Slides by some AWESOME teachers online. These can be fun review activities.
But have you considered having students design the questions? By asking students to design questions at different point levels, you are giving them an opportunity to think deeply about the content (designing high level questions can be a challenge) and the chance to be involved in classroom review activities.
Sometimes it can be hard to facilitate this design on the typical template. We have a question board template that we created for Google Slides that we think will be useful, because it facilitates dividing up the work among the group and allowing them to work simultaneously. It uses an instruction slide, guidance text, and color coding to do this. One question board can be used by the entire class collaboratively. Please read the instruction slide within it which will walk you through the idea of how the board works.
Amoeba Sisters Question Board:
*Don't forget to click on this link to get a copy for each class period! Let us know what you think or ideas for how this could be better :)
We all know using different ways of formative assessment to check for student understanding is important. It can be challenging to do that with a room of 30+ students, and that is where technology comes in very handy. You will notice formative assessment is a category on the right side of this blog with all kinds of ideas.
But a king in formative assessment truly is goformative.com. Seriously, just click on the link and watch the silent video that plays on the main page that shows you what it can do.
Imagine if you could have a question and students could all illustrate the answer...and you could see what they all were illustrating in real time?
Imagine if you could post an open ended question and see what all students are typing in real time---and provide instant feedback while this is happening?
Imagine if you could have these questions up as an exit ticket everyday for students to submit....
You don't have to imagine anymore. These are just some of the things goformative.com can do!
Do you like Poll Everywhere? It's a great, FREE tool that will let you do all kinds of formative assessments during a lesson including multiple choice questions, open ended responses, and word clouds.
Poll Everywhere has always played nice with PowerPoint. Now it also plays nice with Google Slides. By installing the Chrome extension "Poll Everywhere," you will find an extra menu item at the top that says "Poll Everywhere" whenever you open Google Slides. You can them click this menu item and begin creating polls in the Google Slides.
Remember that your students can work in Google slides too as it's a great collaborative tool. You can have as many as 50 people working in a Google Slide set at one time (that number may change in the future).
See the screenshots below showing installation of the Chrome extension and where it can be found one you open Google Slides! Click screenshots to enlarge.
Have you ever tried BrainRush? We love it! It is a game that teachers or students can create, but it has more than just the standard vocabulary "match the word to the definition" kind of game options. We love that it is adaptive---that is, it adapts to how the student is doing. Every student can reach 100% mastery but it will adjust to help each student reach that mastery. Oh, and of course, it's FREE.
Here is our example of the "bucket category sort" game option (click green "play" button at top so you can preview it):
Here is our example of the "sequences" game option (click "play" button at top so you can preview it): http://www.brainrush.com/lesson/amoeba-sisters-name-that-monohybrid-cross
If you search the public library in BrainRush, you will see an assortment of all types of games (including cards and hot spots) that are already pre-made. Many are excellent for all types of science.
If you set up a class, it even will keep track of how your students are doing on mastery! Yes, we are definitely placing this one in our "formative assessment" category.
We LOVE Kahoot, and we have posted on that before (see the category menu on right where Kahoot is a category).
Another great one that we learned at #TCCA15 is Quizizz! Similar to Kahoot, it is an interactive quiz game. However, it is student paced.Therefore, you can have everyone in the class working on the quiz at the same time but on their own pace. It also has hilarious memes. Who doesn't love hilarious memes? Well...for those of you that don't, you can turn them off.
Like Kahoot, you can make the quizzes public so we have made one for you to see (and use if you wish!) that compares mitosis vs.meiosis: goo.gl/AjphU9
We would recommend that if you make any quizzes on this website --- yet want the answers to be secure --- to make them "private." Making quizzes public also makes the answer key public as well.
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