Socrative is a student response system that pretty allows you to use any device with internet access, instead of having to purchase expensive separate hand-helds. Once registered (and it is free), the teacher can create quizzes, exercises, and quick exit tickets. It could be used in “real time” by students who each have an iPod Touch/iPad or laptop, teams of students who share an internet enabled device, or even by students at home or rotating through one computer in a classroom center. I used this on a regular basis with my students last year, and they loved it. I appreciated getting instant feedback on what they knew or how they felt about a topic. They enjoyed making it into a game with the “Space Race” feature that showed their team rockets moving forward on our classroom screen as they answered questions correctly. The teacher can have a spreadsheet with the results sent by an e-mail when the quizzes are completed, and graphs can be viewed by the entire class of the results. Many of these things can be done using Google Forms, but Socrative makes it easier and more fun for the students.
Thinkfinity has been one of my “go-to” sites for many years, ever since its infant stage as Marco Polo. It is a wonderful resource for teachers use for finding interesting lesson ideas based on national standards. It has several content partners, including “Read, Write, Think” and “Illuminations“. You can choose certain partners to search, the grade level, the standards, etc…Whenever you are looking for a new idea to add a spark to your lesson, this is definitely one place you should visit.
In case you haven’t seen it, this Tech Pyramid has great ideas for technology tools that you can use at each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. When you go to the site, each of the icons are linked. It’s a great visual to help teachers in planning lessons that integrate technology based on the levels you want to address.
Stick Pick is an iPhone/iPad app with great potential as a teacher tool. The teacher can add one or more classes within the app. To each class, the teacher adds individual student names, determining the type and level of questioning to use for each student from the following categories: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, or ESL. Once all students are entered, their sticks appear in a cup from which the teacher can randomly or purposefully choose names. As each student is chosen, a list of question stems from their particular assigned level appears on the screen. This is a wonderful way for teachers to customize impromptu questions based on ability.
Created by Kim Ball, a teacher of Gifted and Talented students in San Antonio’s North East Independent School District, The Producer’s Toolbox is a great resource for anyone, teacher or student, who is interested in creating multimedia presentations. It has links to video, audio, and research sites, as well as other fun extras.
Weebly is a site specifically designed for students to create their own websites. It will host their sites for free, and is extremely user-friendly. Ideas for differentiation with this site?
- Teachers can create their own websites on the site, designing different pages with different assignments for students based on ability levels or multiple intelligences. This could be an alternative to a menu or tic-tac-toe board.
- Students can create their own websites as final products for independent studies based on rubrics.
I haven’t had a chance to try this one with students, yet, but it shows great promise. With videos of different math challenges and supporting resources for K-12, this site has great potential for allowing students to do some independent critical thinking.