I was asked over the summer to present and provide professional development on several online assessment tools for both formative and summative assessments. Our district continually searches for new ways to make the gathering and use of data more efficient for teachers and administrators. I believe the primary heart behind this for all is to reduce the amount of time teachers spend doing the grading and compiling of data and more on the use of the grade. Teachers need more time allotted to reflect on their data and consider numerous questions. This evaluation discourse, which should occur both internally and externally, focuses on establishing trends in the data compiled to determine effectiveness of the previous instruction and the improvement and planning of future instruction.
Teachers can ask...
Where are we now?
How did we get here?
Where do we want to go?
These question are at the heart of data chats and can simply drive the conversation to more in-depth discourse.
For the professional development, which lasted around three hours split into two days, I was assigned Plickers, Kahoots, and Edulastic. All of the materials will be provided at the end of the post.
This program provides an effective way to compile data and mainly for formative assessments. This is a low-tech solution with high upside that should replace the purchasing of expensive clicker systems. Teachers print off response cards that utilize similar QR Code technology. Each card is specific to the student and limits responses to true or false or multiple choice. The teacher sets up questions on the mobile application or the Plickers website. To use Plickers, the teacher must have a smartphone or tablet. After presenting the question, the students turn the cards to designate their answer at the top of the card. The teacher then scans the room using their smartphone or tablet's camera. As the camera recognizes the card, it translate the streaming image into the student's individual response. Class responses can also be displayed to further reflection and discussion of the question.
Look at just some of the questions offered for technology enhancement...
Here are the resources used for my professional development, which includes guides. Feel free to make a copy via Google Drive.
Professional Development Google Folder (Plickers, Kahoot, Edulastic)