Integrate Apps in Evaluations to Maximize Student Achievement
What do you do when you improve on your inputs in a process, but this does not produce any visibly improved outputs? How do we bridge the gap between quality instruction and student achievement? These are questions that educators should commonly ask and regularly revisit.
Evaluation of assessment results, data analysis, needs to be an integral part of any teacher’s practice. How students perform on a daily assignment, quiz, or test should inform how you teach and what you teach. And yes, you must do this even if you fee like you have seemingly endless meetings, overcrowded classes, and too many classes to prepare for.
What I’ll explore in this post are apps that you can integrate into your teaching practice that will allow you to work smarter, and make learning more engaging with a student-centered classroom.
“Quizlet is the bomb” and “My favorite thing about your class was Quizlet” were only a few of the comments that I received at the end of my first year of regularly using in my classroom.
You can integrate Quizlet into your lessons if your students have access to computers, tablets, or smartphones in your classroom or at home. The free version of Quizlet allows you to see in real time the highest scores of your students when they play any one of four games: Scatter, Space Race, Learn, and Speller.
You can access this by going to whatever set of content that you want to work on (this needs to be uploaded ahead of time), then in the darker tan area just below the top dark blue band, choose the “Scores” tab. Here you will see bar graphs comparing the progress of the individual students in this class. The student who has the fastest time will have the highest bar.
You can make this an in-class activity by projecting onto a screen the class progress while students practice at the same time the same game. Give any student who has the highest score in a 2–5 minutes period some kind of reward (I usually gave extra points on another assignment).
I have found that it is best to not devote too much time to this activity in class, but it is great for getting things started, or taking an individualized spin on whole-group practice. Also, If…