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Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset

Dec 16, 2020

In the 10th episode of Season 3, Jake is joined by Knikole Taylor to talk about formative assessments. Tune in to hear Jake and Knikole discuss the use of Pear Deck, Nearpod, Jamboard, Padlet, Mentimeter, Formative, and Classkick!

Show Notes:

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Soapbox Moment: Teachers > Bowlers

Today’s Guest: Knikole Taylor

  • Bio: Knikole Taylor serves as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Life School.   Through personalized support, Mrs. Taylor works with teachers and teacher leaders to craft professional goals to extend their scope of instruction and meet the needs of all learners.
  • Contact Info: Twitter: @knikole

 #EduDuctTape Question: How can I formatively assess my students?

  • Pear Deck - “It doesn’t feel like an assessment.”
  • Nearpod
  • Jamboard
    • students respond with or without name on a jam.
    • Knikole recommends:
      • Putting 1 question per frame
      • Using post-it colors strategically (red = I don’t get it, yellow = I’m not so sure, green = I’m ready to share)
      • Discussing digital citizenship when using Jamboard
      • We discussed the lack of a revision history on Jamboard. However, it has rolled out in the time since the interview was recorded! See Alice Keeler's article about the Revision History in Jamboard here.
  • Padlet - “you can do so many different things!”
    • Students can respond with text, videos, audio, images, drawings, screencasts, links.... just about anything!
    • The big issue is the limitations of their free plan. For a new user, you'll only get 3 active "walls," but you can archive, delete, or clear them.
    • Individual Pricing or School Pricing
  • Mentimeter - lots of different options (polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&A, etc)
    • The big issue here is that their free plan only allows 2 question slides and 5 quiz slides per presentation.
    • Here is their education Pricing
  • Formative - great for data and tracking of standards-based mastery
    • Their paid plan adds in student growth tracking
  • Classkick

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