We know that teachers work hard do develop lesson plans, but we also know that it doesn’t mean their students are learning all these skills. This is even more apparent as schools and educators adapt to their online classrooms.
In the advertising industry, we say make it as simple as ABC and D – which means Always Be Collecting Data. When it comes to tracking students in an online education environment it’s the same – Always Be Collecting Data.
There are certain apps that can help you collect data in order keep track and be aware of each of student’s progress, and help teachers adapt faster to their needs.
Here are our top 5 apps for tracking students’ at-home progress:
Quizizz is a “work smarter not harder” tool that keeps students engaged using avatars, leaderboards, themes, music and memes. Teachers can choose to make their own quiz, which can include text and pictures, or use one of the thousands of premade quizzes available on Quizizz. And while their class is having a blast competing against each other, teachers are provided with live detailed class and student-level data for immediate intervention. Quizizz can be assigned in class or for homework with a code to access the game, so no more forgetting login credentials!
2. Google Classroom
It is very easy to set up and to add participants. With Google Classroom, students don’t have to be in a physical classroom to receive their assignments; all they need their phone. We created a quick guide on how to use Google Classroom here.
Socrative is an instant response system for students. The teacher can design a quiz and release it to the students, and the students can use their phones to input their answers. Student’s answers will be displayed to the teacher in real-time, allowing them to have an in-depth understanding of how well all of the students in the class are grasping the concept tested.
4. The Answer Pad
The Answer Pad, a free app with optional premium features, offers an assessment platform for students and immediate feedback for teachers. With options like aligning questions to standards, a space for instructions, formula charts, and proficiency level settings, teachers can easily create detailed assessments. The Answer Pad also allows teachers to view live student results and the option to share responses with the rest of the class – a great way to show off the correct answers of shy or self-conscious students. The best thing about The Answer Pad is that teachers can break down data in a number of ways, including individual student, standards/skills and group results.
ClassDojo isn’t your typical classroom-management platform. Whereas many concern themselves with gold stars and charts, this app lets teachers emphasise positive feedback, allowing them to elaborate on the behaviour of students with comments such as “working hard” or “participating.” They can even send parents public and private messages regarding their child’s progress, and if the parents desire, they can view their child’s feedback in real-time.