We’ve compiled the ultimate list of 65 digital education tools and apps for formative assessment success – get the most from formative instructional practice.
With this tool, you can basically take any page on the Internet and turn it into a lesson. Suppose you find a great article from The Guardian that you’d like students to read, but you’d also like to ask them a few questions about it, add a bit of commentary of your own, and insert a related video. With InsertLearning, you can do all of that right on the article. The uses are seemingly endless, but one thing InsertLearning lends itself to is vocabulary building. Teachers can click on a vocabulary word, leave a definition or other insight, or add a sticky note where they can embed anything in it (for example, a Quizlet game they created previously). Teachers can also use this tool to help build fluency with their readers by adding an audio clip of the teacher reading the article or create a docent with a Google Doc to explain assignments. Most importantly, teachers can use InsertLearning to question students. Good readers always think about what they've read, and questioning students throughout the reading helps students think more critically about what they've read. Teachers can also hold discussions on any site where students can respond and see other's responses in real time.
Flipgrid's teacher tools are stellar: Take a spin through the videos to get a sense of smart ways to use it with your students. The range of tips is astonishing; who would have thought you could use a tool like this in a physical education class? If all of your students have access to a device with a camera, this can be a great way to gather students' responses at their own pace without kids feeling on-the-spot in the classroom. Use Flipgrid to further classroom conversations by assigning questions as homework assignments and then continue the conversation in class the next day. Ask students to weigh in on a critical current event for a social studies or civics class; use it in a math class to ask students to describe the process they used to solve a complex problem. You might also use Flipgrid as an opportunity for students to post mini-reviews of books, movies, or television shows. Consider using a "grid" as a way to collect a range of students' responses on a single topic: Perhaps ask students at the end of a unit or the end of a year to reflect on what they've learned and what they'd recommend to other students.