One thing I’ve certainly heard thrown around the staff room is how much teachers hate correcting traditional tests and exams. I would fall into this category as well at times and would much prefer to complete rich assessment tasks that are an absolute pleasure to assess, but we are obligated at times to teach students in the traditional ways so that they are prepared for their final assessments and the format they will be conducted within.
Now given my dislike towards correcting them, I’ve been investigating a heap of different online test creation tools that provide instant feedback to the students and the teachers about what they do and don’t understand. Here’s the list of tools Ive compiled, with help to some of the people within my Twitter network. If your looking for a way to give instant feedback and cut through the pile of correction, why not set an online test? Or better still have your students create their own to give to others?
If you are looking for a more professional quiz creation tool then you cant go past Quiz Creator by sameshow. I purchased a copy last year and have been amazed at the types of questions you can create and the analysis it provides on the people who take the tests. You can find a couple of examples of tests Ive created using it recently here and here
The ClassMarker online testing website is a professional, easy to use online quiz maker that marks your tests and quizzes for you
Make A Quiz allows users to create their own customised quizzes on the internet. Once created, These quizzes can then be sent to friends and family for them to take!
And a few others I havent had a chance to utilise as yet.
Its exam time at the moment and my students are busy studying up and asking all sorts of questions like, what format is the exam, how many pages is it etc. So with this in mind I decided torun an online revision session for my VCE Physical Education class using Tiny Chat.
Tiny chat has recently undergone a makeover and is now able to run audio, video and screen sharing all from within the chat window which requires no sign up. Simply click the button and it generates a room for you and then gives you options on how you want to invite others. The easiest way to invite people is by sharing the unique URL with your intended audience. In my case I used SMS Express to send an text message to my students containing the URL of the meeting and the time at which I would be available for questions.
The time soon arrived and to my suprise all of the members of my class were in the room. This gave us a great opportunity to review some of the key content and discuss any questions relating to the format of the exam. The great thing is the students didn’t need to have a webcam or microphone to participate as they can simply respond via text, which was more than fine and probably worked better than having them all using webcams.
Before long we had notched up over an hour of question time and reviewed a large amount of key content that was to be assessed on the exam the next day, which to me was a brilliant outcome. So do I think that this revision session will improve the students exam grades? ……..Without a doubt. Tinychat rocks, check it out.
Now for the VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies revision session on Wednesday night.
So I’ve been looking for a chance to use Etherpad for quite some time now and last week proved to be the perfect opportunity. I had just organised a guestspeaker to appear via Skype in my senior Outdoor Education so we needed to come up with a series of questions to ask him for the following week. So I created an Etherpad and sent it to all of my students via the simple URL it gives you. The best thing is you don’t need to sign up in order to start contributing to the ‘pad’.
Anyway my students received the URL and got to work creating a series of questions that they we could then ask during the interview. The ability to see each others work update in real time meant that there was no double up in the questions. It also seemed as though they motivated each other to contribute, with comments such as ‘how many have you created’ flowing around the room. Within minutes my class had created a high quality document that they could then print and use in their preparation for the interview. Click to see Our Pad.
So why is this better than a bit of poster paper and a class brainstorm activity?
Well digital text is moveable, editable, mashable something a poor old poster would struggle to do. The winner is in the ability to collaborate with people from the other side of the world as if they were in the same room. We tested this out when our guest stopped in and watched the questions he was about to be asked, be created. This proved to be a major motivator in the brainstorming process as the students were writing and rewriting their questions to ensure they would be well received by Eric.
An amazing free web2.0 tool with incredible power for collaboration and too top it all off…. its so easy.