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Gimkit is a learning game your students will love. The teacher puts in questions/answers or can use Quizlet to pull sets to use as the game questions. The students earn money for correct answers and lose money for wrong ones. Once they have earned enough money, they can go shopping. They may buy upgrades and powerups. It may be used as homework, too. When they are finished, the teacher gets detailed reports where the class/student is weak.


nearpodNearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool for your classroom. nearpod1The teacher can develop presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, and direct links to Web Content. Many ready-to-teach lessons are also available. It is great for small-group or whole-class activities. Each child must have their own device. The free version is sufficient for most, but a more expanded version is available for an annual fee.

CommonLIt is entirely research-based. The texts are differentiated by reading level. The teacher can easily find paired text, themed readings, genres, or by literary device.  According to Common Sense Education: "CommonLit's adaptive reading toolbar makes text accessible for students at a variety of reading levels and language abilities. It's perfect for English language learners and struggling readers. Every passage -- printed in PDF format or accessed online -- includes footnotes with vocabulary words and essential background information that is critical for kids to understand when reading a passage. The included discussion questions get students thinking critically about text during independent reading and beyond. Thinking about reading is further encouraged by text-dependent questions that are included with each passage."

Are you looking for a way to easily create an online rubric for your class assignments and projects? If so, try Online Rubric - a Google Sheets Add-On. All you need to do is follow the step by step tutorial and this add-on will format your sheet into a rubric template. You can add your scores and comments, and then send an email, straight from the Sheet, to your students with a copy of their scores.

Quizlet is a "simple tool for learning anything!" It is a very fast way to make flashcards and then use them to memorize your material. You can make your own or use one of the  146,745,722 sets already made by others. There are several games you can play to help you with your learning, including the newly added Quizlet Live! which allows for individual or group competition. Search for you topic or even by your textbook title to find sets already made you and your students may use.




Kahoot! is a must-have tool for classrooms that are BYOD or 1:1. Sign up for your FREE account, then create your quiz, discussion, or survey using any device - laptop, iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, or Android. Participants join your Kahoot! without needing an account, so all students can participate with a device and connection. Kahoot! provides a fun and simple way to give formative assessments in real time and get feedback on student learning.


plicker1Use Plickers for formative assessment. It is a free tool. You download and print the answer cards that look like puzzle pieces. They are numbered 1 - 63. You give each student a card. They turn the card to answer multiple choice questions. You scan the room with your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Android phone. It lets you collect the student responses in real time, quickly showing you the students responses and whether they are right or wrong.


Engage the class using any device - no clickers needed if students bring their own device - with quizzes, games, and surveys.  A quick login to your class on Socrative and you can get immediate feedback and results from your students. Great for formative assessment.

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