Instructional Resources

Formative Assessment

Instructional Tools For Formative Assessment

EdPuzzle

EdPuzzle Resource

EdPuzzle

What is it?

Edpuzzle is the easiest way to share videos to your students while embedding questions and discussion to track your students' understanding. Teachers can take already existing videos from Khan Academy, YouTube, Crash Course, etc. or upload your own. Students engage in self-paced lessons with interactive lessons and add your voice and questions along the video.

Purpose

  • allows creation of online assessments, classwork, or homework
  • allows multiple ways to check for understanding including multiple choice, open ended questions and embedding time for students to pause and think about a questions
  • allows teacher to see immediate results as students finish
  • allows for immediate feedback to students

Helpful Information

EdPuzzle YouTube Channel

Tips and Tricks

Escape Challenges

Escape Challenges Resource

Escape Challenges

What is it?

Escape challenges are an immersive gaming experience that allows students to solve curriculum based series of puzzles where they use teamwork and critical thinking to achieve an end goal. Teachers can use premade games from the BreakoutEDU website, use teacher generated games from MesquiteISD's google drive or create their own to best meet the needs of their students.

Purpose

  • Formative and summative assessment tool
  • Encouraged critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication as students are working towards a common goal
  • Provides immediate feedback to students
  • Allows for student reflection and cultivates grit with the opportunities to fail forward.

Helpful Information

District Created Escapes 

Digital Breakouts from BreakoutEDU

Planning sheet to create your own

Flipgrid

Flipgrid Resource

Flipgrid

What is it?

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, families, and organizations in more than 150 countries! Create a Grid (that’s your classroom or group), add Topics to spark the discussion, and your students create a video response they can share with the group.

Purpose

  • allows for immediate student feedback and check for understanding
  • promotes student engagement
  • fosters meaningful discussions

Helpful Information

Tips and Tricks

Formative

Formative Resource

Formative

What is it?

Formative is a real-time online student response system/formative assessment tool where students can type, draw, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding. Formative allows teachers to upload any doc/pdf/image and insert questions or links right on the document!

Purpose

  • allows creation of online assessments, classwork, or homework
  • allows multiple ways to check for understanding including typing, drawing, or submitting images
  • allows teacher to see live results
  • allows for immediate feedback to students

Helpful Information

Tips and Tricks

Gimkit

Gimkit Resource

Gimkit

What is it?

Gimkit is made and maintained by high school students from Seattle. Students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Throughout a kit, each student will get exposure to the questions multiple times to ensure mastery. Students earn in-game cash by answering questions. The more questions they answer correctly, the more money they earn. After students answer questions and earn some money, they can reinvest that money in upgrades. With over 4,000 different combinations, students can purchase upgrades that align with their strengths.

Purpose

  • Get an overview of how your class did. See how many questions they answered correctly/incorrectly and how much money they made/lost.
  • View how many times each question was answered correctly and incorrectly so you can see what your class needs help on.
  • For each of your students, get a report on how they did, and which areas they're doing well and not so well in.

Helpful Information

Blog Post by Alice Keeler

Tips and Tricks

Kahoot!

Kahoot Resource

Kahoot!

What is it?

  • Kahoot! is a fun and free multiple choice online quiz that works on any device with an Internet connection . Add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!
  • Kahoots! are displayed on a shared screen and are best played in a group setting where Players answer individually on their own devices or work together in pairs or groups to answer.
  • Create your own or choose and modify public Kahoots! to fit your class needs and instructional goals.

Purpose

  • Formative assessment tool
  • Whole class or group review
  • Use it as a focus for a lesson
  • Encourage deeper thinking by creating higher level questions and extending time limits for the answer choices.

Helpful Information

Kahoot YouTube Channel

Tips and Tricks

Become Kahoot Certified

Mentimeter

Mentimeter Resource

Mentimeter

What is it?

Mentimeter is a web-based tool that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other internet connected device

Purpose

  • Polling website
  • Allows for quick assessment to check for understanding
  • Easy to use - students can use phones or computer/laptop/chromebook as long as they have internet connection.
  • Multiple ways to display results to facilitate discussions with students
  • Can generate QR codes for voting

Helpful Information

Mentimeter YouTube Channel

User Guide

Nearpod

Nearpod Resource

Nearpod

What is it?

Nearpod is an interactive presentation and formative assessment tool. Nearpod allows all students to actively participate in every lesson. Students take ownership of their learning and build a classroom community.

Purpose

  • allows creation of online assessments, classwork, or homework
  • allows multiple ways to check for understanding including typing, drawing, or submitting images
  • allows teacher to see live results
  • allows for immediate teacher redirecting and reteaching

Helpful Information

Nearpod YouTube Channel

Ways to Use Nearpod in the Classroom

Nearpod for Formative Assessment

Tips and Tricks

Become Nearpod Certified 

Padlet

Padlet Resource

Padlet

What is it?

Padlet is a virtual, collaborative wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. Students are able to respond to others using the comment feature.

Purpose

  • to use as a assessment tool to check for student understanding
  • as a location for student/teacher digital portfolios
  • to use as a back channel discussion board
  • to collaborate on ideas and planning
  • use to collect feedback or as a ticket out the door

Helpful Information

Padlet YouTube Channel

Using Padlet in the Classroom

Even More Curriculum Ideas 

Basic Padlet Knowledge

PlayPosit

Playposit Resource

PlayPosit

What is it?

PlayPosit is a tool that lets teachers add interactivity to streaming video content from popular sites like YouTube, LearnZillion, TeacherTube, and Vimeo, among a number of others.

Purpose

  • Keep students engaged while viewing video content
  • Embed customized checks for understanding within videos
  • Use formative assessment data to direct further teaching

Helpful Information

Base Knowledge and FAQ

Plickers

Plickers Resource

Plickers

What is it?

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. You can poll your class for free without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker" downloaded free from Plickers.com), and use your MISD teacher iPad to scan them. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.

Purpose

  • real-time formative assessment data
  • individual data for each student
  • no student devices needed
  • instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, impromptu polls
  • unique shape on each plickers card allows for student privacy

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere Resource

Poll Everywhere

What is it?

Ask your audience a question with then have them respond in real time using mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers. Responses can be seen live on the web.

Purpose

  • get real time results
  • conduct a quick poll
  • results can be put into a presentation
  • get audience participation

Helpful Information

Getting Started with Poll Everywhere

Types of Polling Activities

Quizalize

Quizalize

Quizalize

What is it?

Turn boring tests into fun classroom team games. Instantly know who needs help and what they need help with. Effortlessly assign follow-up activities that are differentiated to boost student results.

Purpose

  • quick assessment for students
  • immediate feedback is given to the students
  • Effortlessly assign the best follow-up resources
  • Set different videos, PDFs and web links, depending on students' scores
  • Get recommendations for effective resources

Helpful Information

Use Quizalize to Review with Students

Quizlet

Quizlet Resource

Quizlet

What is it?

A simple online learning tool, Quizlet offers tools for students to make flashcards, practice spelling, play learning games, test their knowledge, collaborate with other students, and more.

Purpose

Online study sets to improve learning by studying with flashcards, games, and more.

Quizizz

Quizizz Resource

Quizizz

What is it?

Quizizz is a multiplayer classroom activity. This tool allows all your students to practice together or independently through quizzes. They can be created by the teacher or assigned from the quiz bank within the online tool. Any device connected to the internet can be used to use quizizz.

Purpose

  • allow teachers and students to assess their learning in a fun, interactive environment.
  • provide detailed class and student-level data
  • generate an engaging classroom environment

Helpful Information

Teacher Resources

Socrative

Socrative Resource

Socrative

What is it?

Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens.

Purpose

Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.

Socrative Free Features

  • On-the-fly Questioning
  • 1 public room for your classes
  • 50 students per session
  • Space Race Assessment
  • Formative Assessments
  • Visualize Real-time Results
  • Device Accessibility
  • Reporting
  • Share with an SOC code
  • Help Center Access
  • State and Common Core Standards

 

 

 

Communication Tools

Class Dojo

Class Dojo

Class Dojo

What is it?

ClassDojo is a digital communication tool & classroom management system that allows teachers to communicate and share classroom experiences with parents throughout the school day and beyond. ClassDojo is cross-platform (Apple or Android) and is available through the website and through the apps (Teacher app, Student app, Parent app).

 

Purpose

To create a positive classroom and school culture, give students a voice with digital portfolios, and share moments of the day with parents. ClassDojo wants to help you bring your school and your community together in a positive way.

 

Important Reminders

If you choose to use Class Dojo with your students, you must adhere to the following guidelines to be compliant with Class Dojo Terms of Service, the Mesquite ISD Employee AUP, the MISD Employee Handbook, and other MISD policies.

1. Only students who have been invited, or given access to the Service, by their teacher, school, or district may use the Service. You may not access or use the Service unless you are invited or given access to the Service by a teacher, school, or district who is authorized to give you access to the Service. Students under the age of 13 can be invited by a teacher to join Class Dojo, but they must have parent permission.

2. Teachers can only use Dojo to send out one-way communications with students. This means students cannot reply to Dojo messages and teachers cannot respond. (There is a setting for this)

3. Teachers cannot send Dojo messages to individual students.

4. Teachers cannot send Dojo messages to students between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

More:

Class Dojo Video

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Remind

Remind

Remind

 

What is it?

Remind is a digital communication tool for the classroom. It allows school staff to connect with students, parents, and other school stakeholders by sending messages to any device (phone, tablets, computer, etc.). Remind is cross-platform (Apple or Android) and can be accessed through the web, app, or through SMS text messaging.

Purpose

To foster real-time point-of-need communication and reminders among school staff, students, parents and community members.

 

Important Reminders

If you choose to use Remind with your students, you must adhere to the following guidelines to be compliant with Remind Terms of Service, the Mesquite ISD Employee AUP, the MISD Employee Handbook, and other MISD policies.

1. Teachers must receive written permission from a legal guardian in order to have students under the age of 18 receive messages through Remind. This is a Remind policy.

2. Teachers can only use Remind to send out one-way communications with students. This means students cannot reply to Remind messages and teachers cannot respond. (There is a setting for this)

3. Teachers cannot send Remind messages to individual students.

4. Teachers cannot send Remind messages to students between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

 

 

 

Seesaw

SEESAW

Seesaw

 

What is it

Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning with built-in creative tools, and provides an authentic audience for their work. When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device. With support for QR code sign in for younger learners and email or Google account sign in for older students, Seesaw works in any K-12 classroom.

 

Purpose

  • students capture their learning in any form
  • easily collaborate with other classrooms
  • share learning with families
  • give students an authentic audience
  • develop digital citizenship skills in a safe, teacher-moderated environment

 

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Skype

SKYPE

Skype

What is it?

Skype is an online video conferencing tool that offers text, voice and video calls that make it simple to share experiences with people outside the classroom.

With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate an event, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues or consult an expert.

Purpose

The purpose of Skype in education is to connect to others and bring the world into your classroom. Skype for Education offers lessons, Mystery Skypes, virtual field trips and guest speakers to enrich the classroom environment.

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Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

What is it?

Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets," restricted to 140 characters. If you are a registered Twitter user you can post tweets, but those you are unregistered can only read the tweets.

Purpose

The purpose of Twitter to communicate with friends, follow people of interest and share your views.

More:

  • Twitter is a great place for professional learning.
  • Provide the class with a running news feed.
  • Track a hash tag.
  • Connect with the community.
  • Chat with industry professionals.
  • Connect with other classrooms.
  • Facilitate research.
  • Engage parents.
  • Write reviews.
  • Facilitate discussions.
  • Take a poll.

 

Google Apps

Google Classroom

What is it?

Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your G Suite for Education account with all your G Suite services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

Purpose

  • provide a platform where teachers can create assignments, announcements, and discussion questions
  • allow teachers to quickly see who has or has not completed their work
  • provide real-time feedback and grades

Getting started with google classroom

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Tutorial

Getting started

Google docs

What is it?

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format documents and work with other people.

Purpose

  • research and cite sources
  • create and edit assignments for sharing and submission
  • collaborate with students and teachers
  • create templates to assign through google classroom

More

G Suite Learning Center (Docs)

Tutorial

Cheat Sheet

Google drive

What is it?

Google Drive is a file storage service that allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and more.

Purpose

  • create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more
  • collaboratively edit created files
  • store newly created and existing files
  • share files with others

More

Google Drive Learning Center

Tutorial

Cheat Sheet

Google Slides

What is it?

Google Slides is an online presentation app that lets you create and format presentations and work with other people.

Purpose

  • create, edit and format presentations
  • share and collaborate with others within a presentation
  • access and present from cloud-based Google Drive
  • create multi-media products (students and teachers)

More

Basics of slides

Cheat Sheet

Google forms

What is it?

With Google Forms, you can create and analyze surveys right in your web browser—no special software is required. Even better, multiple people can work at the same time, and every change is saved automatically.

Purpose

  • collect data & information
  • create a survey
  • create a formative assessment that will allow you to reteach as well as differentiate instruction

More

Basics of forms

Cheat Sheet

Google hangouts

What is it?

Hold impromptu meetings, virtual training classes, remote interviews, and much more. Google Hangouts provides a place where teachers can communicate via chat or video to the outside world, or just another classroom!

Purpose

  • provide a platform where teachers and students can communicate with others outside of the classroom
  • hold trainings and meetings all over the world with up to 25 participants

More

How to use google hangouts

Cheat Sheet

Google Plus

What is it?

Social media community for educators

Purpose

To share ideas and connect with other teachers

More

Tutorial

Cheat Sheet

Google Sheets

What is it?

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and work with other people.

Purpose

  • create, edit and format spreadsheets
  • share and embed data
  • link to Google Forms to gather and analyze data

More

Tutorial

Cheat Sheet

Google Sites

What is it?

With the new Google Sites, building websites is easy. Just drag content where you need it. Create a one-stop destination for all important information, including videos, images, calendars, presentations, documents, folders, and text. Then, quickly and securely share it with an entire organization or the world.

Purpose

  • allow teachers to create an online source of information for their students and parents
  • allow students to create an online presence

More

Tutorial

Cheat Sheet

Digital Citizenship

What is it?

What is it?

Digital Citizenship is the standard for responsible and ethical use of technology and includes topics such as Information Literacy, Internet Safety, Digital Footprint, Copyright, and Privacy. Employees and students of Mesquite ISD are expected to adhere to the District's Acceptable Use Policies as part of being good Digital Citizens.

Purpose

Employing ethical and responsible behavior online protects the rights, property, identity, and safety of all technology users.

Digital Citizenship Lessons for Kinder to 8th Grade. This lesson should take about 20 minutes to complete, depending upon the amount of discussion during the lesson.

 

Digital Citizenship Lessons

AUP Documents

The Mesquite ISD Acceptable Use Policy, or AUP, documents address the appropriate use of district technology by both employees and students. Students acknowledge receipt and understanding of this document by signing their Code of Conduct document; employees do the same in the Standard Operating Procedure course.

Copyright

 

What is it?

The US Copyright Office defines copyright as "...a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.''

 

Purpose

Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. (US Copyright Office)

 

 

Digital Citizenship video from Common Sense Media

Digital Citizenship for Every School

 

More

The Fair Use Index - US Copyright Office

Copyright for Teachers - Auburn University

Information Literacy

 

What is it?

Information literacy, often called media literacy, is the ability to access, evaluate, and use information effectively from a variety of media.

Purpose

According to the National Association for Media Literacy Education, "Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens."

 

More

5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media - Help kids think critically about the media they consume and create.

Information Literacy | Common Sense MediaCommon Sense Media - Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Coding & Computer Science

Computer Science and Coding Resources


 

Scratch

What is it?

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online.

Purpose

Critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Scratch Free Features


 

code.org

What is it?

Learn to make your own game, app, or computer drawing.

Purpose

Critical thinking and problem solving skills.


 

CS Unplugged

What is it?

A collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

Purpose

Critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Coding Devices

Ozobot

What is it?

Coding device that can be coded using markers or block coding.

Purpose

Creativity, Curiosity, Critical thinking and problem solving skills.


 

sphero

What is it?

Coding device that can be coded with iPads or on the web. 

Purpose

Creativity, Curiosity, Critical thinking and problem solving skills.


 

microbit

What is it?

Mini computer that can be programmed using an attached computer.

Purpose

Creativity, Curiosity, Critical thinking and problem solving skills.


 

raspberry pi

What is it?

Mini computer that can be programmed using an attached monitor and keyboard.

Purpose

Creativity, Curiosity, Critical thinking and problem solving skills.

First Lego League

What is First Lego League?

What is it?

Young innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. FIRST® LEGO® League focuses on solving real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and more using STEM concepts, plus a big dose of fun.

Purpose

Creativity, Curiosity, Critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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