All of us who teach understand the words “formative assessment.” Checking for understanding is paramount to good teaching as it helps you figure out which students understand concepts and which ones need more help. Unfortunately, many of us have resorted to quizzing our students to death to “check for understanding.” Although there is nothing wrong with occasionally quizzing students, it’s important to have a wide array of tools to assess students for several reasons. First, it provides variety. Let’s face it, our students are our captive audience; they have to be there. Imagine being a comedian. You absolutely have to mix it up, or the audience will walk out on you. Unfortunately, like a bad comedy act, some of us are “dying” every day. If you’ve ever looked at your class and been met with droopy eyes, yawns, and the glazed eye stare, you know what I’m talking about. So, most importantly, let’s change things up. Additionally, it’s also important to have a toolkit full of digital apps to assess with because, as all good teachers know, not all students learn the same way. Providing a number of different ways for students to show what they have learned is vital in this regard.
That’s where Teacher Tech Tips — Easily Boost Teacher & Student Success comes in. It is a self-paced class I created for teachers which highlights 17 free digital apps to check for student understanding. Truth be told, I actually provide an additional app at the end of the course making it 18 tools, and I am currently working on revising the course and adding two more tools which will bring the grand total to 20. What do you get with this course? You get 26 lectures which are, in essence, 3 hours of step-by-step tutorials, lifetime access to the class, task lists for each app, a certificate of completion (for those who need continuing education units), and a 30 day money back guarantee! The course is priced quite low, but for a limited time, you can get this $20 course for just $10. That means you will learn how to use 20 digital tools for formative assessment for less than the price of a small pizza. Still not convinced? That’s okay. I always like to check something out before I buy, too. That’s why I provided 4 of those lectures for you to preview free of charge. Just click here and go to Udemy.com and check it out. I think you’ll find the tutorials easy to understand and the content well worth your while.