Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Middle School Student Likes Formative Assessments!

Auggie (front-left) and his classmates sift through notes while
completing a formative assessment quiz in Ms. Rathjen's 7th 
grade science class.
Curriculum standards, learning targets, formative assessments, Google Forms and Sheets, Flubaroo, and science notebooks--all of these pieces are working harmoniously in the 7th grade science classrooms of Angela Rathjen and Angela Schneider at Sperreng Middle School.

What are they doing?

In order to help students understand their learning goals and monitor their progress, Ms. Rathjen and Mrs. Schneider have developed goal sheets for each unit that students can insert into their science notebooks.  Each curriculum standard has been transformed into a learning target (or "goal") written in student-friendly language using the verbs and vocabulary that students need to know and be able to do.

After completing lessons developed for mastering a learning goal, students complete a formative assessment on their device using Google Forms which is then graded using Flubaroo.

Is that it?

No!  The students receive an email from Flubaroo showing their score, the questions they missed, and what they need to work on.  In addition, Ms. Rathjen and Mrs. Schneider now have individualized
feedback detailing each student's progress, helping them to target unique gaps in their understanding.

A sample goals sheet (not Auggie's).
Do students like it?

At least one student does.  I asked Auggie, a 7th grader in Mrs. Rathjen's science class, what he likes
best about formative assessments.

"We do this right after we learn the subject matter.  If you're not happy with your scores, you can do a retake.  Retakes are helpful if you get a bad grade."


For information on Flubaroo and Google Forms, follow this link.

The Good Type of the Flu - Flubaroo (It's like a time warp.)

Have you dreamed of the day where you can give your students quick formative feedback and have the results automatically tallied, color-coded and recorded?

That day is today.  Your dreams are now coming true.

This magical tool, flubaroo, works in conjunction with a Google Form to automatically grade the results of your quiz and enter them into a color-coded spreadsheet.  Personalized results can also be emailed to the student giving them instant feedback.

Flubaroo Overview Video - by the creators of Flubaroo

Things that stood out:

  • Teacher gets a color-coded answer sheet.
  • Red - Names in red scored less than 75 on the quiz.
  • Orange - Questions highlighted in orange indicate less than 60% of the students got it right.

These two colors could make differentiated instruction more targeted, you know who needs what instantly.

Flubaroo User Guide
On Twitter?  Why not follow Flubaroo!

Google Forms
Capturing student feedback with Google Forms - this video was produced by the Google Gooru site.
Randomize answer options with Google Forms - a newer option within forms.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Skype with a little mystery.

What is Mystery Skype?

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

It's suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.
Not sure how this will really work with kids in your classroom?  Read this short post from a teacher explaining the process.  She lists the types of questions you need to prepare to assigning jobs during the Skype session.

Would this engage your students?  Take a few minutes and watch the video.  Could your students guess the location after 20 questions?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My heart swelled a little when I saw this.

What does this mean?  Is this really unlimited?

You never have to delete an email!
You can add a billion photos to your drive and have room to add more!

Seesaw - Summer 2018

This post was created to help guide our Seesaw session. Seesaw is a student-driven online portfolio which can also be used for parent c...