Formative assessment is an integral part of any lesson. How do you know if your students truly understand a concept? Are they well on their way to total mastery? When it comes to formative assessment, I really like to use Formative (a coincidence they share the same name? I think not). There are tons of web assessment tools out there: Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet, Socrative, etc. I think they all have their time and place in the classroom. I like Formative, or as some call it GoFormative, for many reasons. Formative is an amazing tool that not only helps capture students understanding but does it in a really interactive way. As a teacher, I can create an assignment (which I might add is easy to do) and release it the students. Once they have completed it, I can view their results and give them feedback and corrective action in real time. Sounds amazing right? Well, there's more, you can create assignments that have multiple choice and short answer questions. You can add pictures, videos, upload files, the list goes on and on! So if you haven't tried Formative, you probably should. It might not have the fun music or game aspect of Kahoot or Quizizz, but it is a really solid tool. Click on the picture below to create an account and give it a try!
There is an amazing blog that I have been reading that covers everything from edtech to Social Studies lessons plans. The blogger's name is Glenn Wiebe. I will admit that I am a little jealous of his blog (LOL). He has tons and tons of really good stuff for Social Studies educators.
Click on the link below to check it out for yourself!
I have recently been using the website Canva to create professional development flyers. I had been using Microsoft Publisher but that got old real quick. I don't know if the problem is that I really don't know how to harness the full power of Publisher, or if the look I am going for can be found prepackaged on the internet. Canva is easy to use and offers a lot of different templates for free. Let me repeat that, it is FREE! Well, not everything is free. There are many templates and pictures that cost a dollar. A dollar isn't too expensive. I just look for the templates that catch my eye and that are labeled free. You can add your own images as well. I think is a great tool to use to make posters for an event (or just for your classroom), brochures for programs, and invitations for holiday parties. Below is a flyer that I made. Keep in mind, it is a work in progress. Not too shabby for a gal that does not have a graphic design degree!
I am currently sitting in a training about creating content on the Region 19 website. I love how our presenter, Matt Christmas, is taking the time to give everyone individual support based on their knowledge/skill level. I have a few moments before it is my turn for some one-on-one support , and I thought I would try out the blog feature of our new website. I am hoping that I can make blogging a habit. While I am on the subject of websites, web content, and everything interwebs, I really need to sit and brainstorm all the information and resources I want to have one this website. I really want this webpage and blog to have "stuff" educators are interested in and want to utilize. Hmmm...
Something to think about.