Month: May 2015

Quick Key – create, scan and automatically mark multiple choice quizzes.

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Create a range of quizzes, exit tickets or “do now” activities using your online account. Students then use the standard paper form (fig.1) to answer the questions, the teacher scans the paper and the results are saved online. It takes an average of two minutes to scan a whole class set of paper tests. Click here for a tutorial video for how to scan the tests.

You can also create online quizzes which students can access via Google Chrome and there is the function to create teams to add an element on competitiveness to the classroom.

Click the following links for video tutorials:

Fig.1 image from http://get.quickkeyapp.com/

Fig.2 image from http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/11/26/quick-key-turns-your-iphone-into-a-scanner/screen-shot-2013-11-26-at-3-52-24-pm/

  • Fig.2 how the forms are scanned and a ‘quick view’ of the results
    Fig.2 how the forms are scanned and a ‘quick view’ of the results

    Fig.1 standard 30 question paper form (100 question bet now available)
    Fig.1 standard 30 question paper form (100 question bet now available)

Engaging Apps by Adobe – tell a story, teach a concept; but better.

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Adobe Voice and Slate are two very powerful apps that help you and students to create engaging tutorials and stories in minutes with pictures, sound and animation.

Voice allows students to record and edit video segments, see how it can be used here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf8ZWHIGq_I

Slate does it in the form of a document, see how it can be used here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmOhIDwIlt4

Click here to see a tutorial video, and here to see a Slate document, both of which I created in 5 minutes and have used with students in my classroom as well as staff in my department.

Find the apps here for Slate https://itunes.apple.com/pk/app/id968433730?mt=8 and here for Voice https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/adobe-voice-show-your-story/id852555131?mt=8

PIctures and links that accompany a description of an activity to support staff training.
PIctures and links that accompany a description of an activity to support staff training.
The landing picture for a slate file I had created to support a department training session.
The landing picture for a slate file I had created to support a department training session.

Plickers: quick and easy AfL in the classroom – perhaps the App of the year so far!

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Why do I think this is App of the year so far? Well, Plickers brings technology into your classroom with minimal stress. It’s fun, it’s simple and….drum roll…it works! It does exactly what it says on the tin; there is no fiddling or explaining its use to students that can result in lost learning time.

Students use unique cards (known as ‘paper clickers’) to show their responses to your questions (either multiple choice or true/false). The cards are held up with either ‘A, B, C or D’ at the top to show their choice. Thus you can gather real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices and, ironically, it is my students’ favourite app to use…

Simply use your iPad to scan the cards that students raise to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. The best bit? Your data is automatically saved, student-by-student on your account at plickers.com.

Find the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plickers/id701184049?mt=8

Find how to use it here: https://plickers.com/help

Below is a picture of the feedback that is given to your iPad, which is then saved on your plickers.com account.

The view from my iPad when used in a true (a) or false (b) activity last week. N.B. remember to be explicit to pupils about there are only two options to choose from in this mode.
The view from my iPad when used in a true (a) or false (b) activity last week. N.B. remember to be explicit to pupils about there are only two options to choose from in this mode.
An example of the app being used in a picture from the plickers.com stie.
An example of the app being used in a picture from the plickers.com stie.