Assessment & Data

Digital Assessment Tools

I formatively assess students through digital technology like Plickers, Kahoot, and Poll Everywhere. Plickers (Paper clickers) is a free software tool designed like QR codes to collect students’ answers to questions. I create questions on the Plickers website (www.plickers.com) and assign each student a card number. I will read and display the question on the SmartBoard and scan the room to determine students’ answers. The answers are displayed on my device in two colors (incorrect/correct) and in graphical form. This gives me a good visual of where students excel in the curriculum and where they struggle. I also use Kahoot (www.getkahoot.com) as a whole group assessment of students’ understanding. Kahoot allows me to write questions, allows for an allotted amount of time for each question to be answered, and for students to be ranked on time and the correctness of their answer. The students are fully engaged in this activity because it’s over material they’ve all covered, there is music that is aligned with the timer, and they get instant feedback. I also get a report showing their answers to the questions at the end of the game. I use this report, which uses conditional formatting, to show me which answers are correct and which are incorrect. I love how the visual gives me feedback on what students still need to master. I’ve also found Poll Everywhere (polleverywhere.com) to be a great way to formally assess my students. For instance, I asked my students to give me an example of something that is within the hydrosphere. They messaged their answers to our classroom code. It was then displayed on our SmartBoard as a word cloud. I’ve also used Poll Everywhere in conjunction with small group discussion groups with a checklist of skills and standards students need to achieve. For instance, I first used Poll Everywhere to check to see if students understood what objects would be in the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. I wanted to see if they understood the definitions before we moved onto more complex tasks. The word cloud created a list of all the objects in each sphere. I then had students take words from the word cloud and create drawings showing how the four spheres would interact. The students then shared their drawings via Apple TV and the SmartBoard in small groups. I gave verbal feedback in front of the group as well as asked probing questions if I needed to.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here I explain how and why I use the three digital assessment tools.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Plickers is a formative assessment tool that utilizes an image code linked to a student's name to record the student's answer. This image shows the Plickers teacher display, as well as how students use the cards to share their answers with the teacher.
Student Data
 
 
Poll Everywhere (polleverywhere.com) is a great way to assess prior knowledge and address keywords students associate with a concept. This image shows the pre-assessment prior to students drawing pictures showing the earth sphere connections and presenting them in the Small Group Session. I used the wordle feature of polleverywhere.com to display the words students used to describe the Earth's spheres.
Student Data
 
 
Kahoot is a game-based formative assessment tool that quickly displays a question, records the response time, and records the results on a leaderboard. This image shows the spreadsheet of results the teacher receives after the game is over. All correct answers are in green. All incorrect answers are highlighted in red.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here I explain how and why I use the three digital assessment tools.
Student Data
 
 
Poll Everywhere (polleverywhere.com) is a great way to assess prior knowledge and address keywords students associate with a concept. This image shows the pre-assessment prior to students drawing pictures showing the earth sphere connections and presenting them in the Small Group Session. I used the wordle feature of polleverywhere.com to display the words students used to describe the Earth's spheres.
Student Data
 
 
Kahoot is a game-based formative assessment tool that quickly displays a question, records the response time, and records the results on a leaderboard. This image shows the spreadsheet of results the teacher receives after the game is over. All correct answers are in green. All incorrect answers are highlighted in red.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Plickers is a formative assessment tool that utilizes an image code linked to a student's name to record the student's answer. This image shows the Plickers teacher display, as well as how students use the cards to share their answers with the teacher.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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Number of Students: ~20 students/period

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 51 minutes

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