I set out to explore Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools with the idea of modernizing my lessons but wasn’t sure exactly were I was going with it. I decided to try some tools and see what I found.
Dotstorming is a quick way to collect votes. I can see using it to vote on books for our bookclub. It was very easy to create an account and I quickly created my first Dotstorm from my landscaping Pinterest board. Took me a second to figure out how to edit the board but overall it was simple. While I am not sure how I would use this in the classroom it is a good tool to have in my toolbox.
In my Fall High School Library Orientation we started using student created videos to introduce the library layout and basic policies. Students then complete a short 5 question sheet as part of their library scavenger hunt. While this certainly beats listening to me some students find a workaround by copying others answers and skip the videos. Inserting questions into the videos streamlines the process and would ensure more students watch the video. Vizia and EdPuzzle are two tools that would do this.
I quickly setup an account with EdPuzzle, added the link to my video, and added quiz questions. I hit a roadblock when I tried to share out my assignment like I would for my orientation students. For Google Classroom teachers it would be an easy thing to assign the video and questions. Unfortunately, my school uses Office 365 and not Google classroom. I tried to send a link to a coworker but it was asking her to create an account and not giving logical options. For this reason I decided that EdPuzzle is not feasible for my needs. That said here are my observations of this tool:
- When viewing the video students are able to see where the questions are going to occur but you may prevent them from fast forwarding through the video.
- When answering questions students get immediate feedback and are able to review the video section again and re-answer the question.
- The question format is very flexible. True False. Choose more than one. Multiple choice.
Vizia was also easy to setup an account and add a quiz to the video. Here are my notes:
- Easy to add a quiz.
- Students are able to access the video via the link simply by providing a name and email address.
- Results are easily downloaded into an excel spreadsheet that provides the student name, email address, and the provided answers. The teacher would need to grade based on the provided answers.
- I did not try the “Call to Action” feature that sends students to a link you provide.
- Students can see where the questions are going to occur and can skip through the video.
- The students are provided a “8 out of 10” grade at the end of the video. There is no way to reinforce the questions students did not get correct.
Given the two tools I have decided to work harder to figure out how to get our students to use Vizia. There are more question options and immediate feedback for the students fits my need of viewing for understanding rather than a grade.
I will continue with this product in June as I prepare for the fall library orientation with my new videos.