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Assessment and Evaluation

Online assessment is optimal for a more paperless classroom environment. Students enjoy the chance for interactive online assessments. There are sites that allow you to make review flashcards and asses student learning. Sites where you can make and download rubrics are also available. These can then be linked or embedded.

 

Blogging

Some of my favorite tools for blogs in the classroom. Create a classroom blog so that students can share and discuss topics in and outside of class. Believe it or not, kids will actually visit back often to see who is reading and responding. Reluctant classroom participants usually love this outlet to share ideas and new concepts. I actually heard one of my teachers say that her non-writers posted more than anyone on her reading blog. Sample Blogs – Academic Examples

  • WordPress– Easy to set up and monitor the comments on your blog. One of the best out there.
  • CoveritLive– Live Blogging embed in a web page
  • Blogger– Blogger, another easy way to create your classroom blog. Allows for moderation as well.
  • ePals– Free school or classroom blogs. A great way to start an entire school with blogs that they can monitor in one location.
  • Blogcheese– this is one of my favorites since it allows you to add video clips and text. It’s a must see and try!! Kids love it.
  • And if these aren’t good enough for you, try this list of 40 Blog Hosts.

Charts and Spreadsheets

Creating charts in many classes can be a chore and if you don’t have Excel or know how to design a simple chart these tools can help you!
See what you think.

  • Google Sheets share and collaborate
  • Swivel – Data sets, graphs, charts, etc. All can be embedded and manipulated.
  • Zoho – share and collaborate
  • ChartGizmo– create charts to share and embed on your sites

Collaboration

Collaboration experiences assist with opening up the lines of communication for students, teachers, parents and communities. Students love to share with each other and others from outside of the class. They thrive on sharing their expertise and knowledge to people who are interested. Try using these tools when students are expected to work in groups and communicate to complete group projects. They will thank you for the experience. The great thing is that kids will have the 24/7 access to their work. They will not need to be sitting at a specific computer or network since all of these sites offer storage and interactivity.

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