The Answer Pad: A student response system for formative assessment

Formative assessment provides a snapshot of student comprehension and needs, giving teachers invaluable information needed to guide their students to success. This type of assessment allows the teacher to track the achievement of each student, give them feedback along the learning process, and adjust instruction to meet each student’s immediate needs (Smith, 2007). Using technology … Continue reading The Answer Pad: A student response system for formative assessment

Quizalize: more than just quizzes!

As teachers, we strive to encourage and guide students in becoming lifelong learners, capable of seeking and using resources independently. In promoting this self-directed learning, “online quizzes provide the ongoing feedback function to help learners modify their learning behaviors” (Abney, Amin, & Kibble, 2017). Many tools are available to accomplish this, but Quizalize has piqued … Continue reading Quizalize: more than just quizzes!

Formal Assessment & Differentiated Learning

Helping students reach their potential requires formative assessment and differentiated instruction. Quizalize brings these two tasks together in one easy to use app accessible. In class or out of class, students can conveniently access this beneficial tool using any laptop, tablet, or smartphone with internet access and browser. With Quizalize, teachers can create multiple classes … Continue reading Formal Assessment & Differentiated Learning

Peer Feedback as An Instructional Strategy

Critical Research Review of “Using Peer Feedback to Enhance the Quality of Student Online Postings: An Exploratory Study” by Ertmer et al. (2007). Problem 1. Identify the clarity with which this article states a specific problem to be explored. The focus of this research study was clearly and consistently presented in both the abstract and … Continue reading Peer Feedback as An Instructional Strategy

Virtual Reality Classrooms for Preservice Teachers

Smith, K. & Klumper, D. (2018). Virtual reality platforms can give preservice teachers opportunities to develop real classroom management skills. Educational Leadership, 76(1), 60–65.   This article takes a look at the challenges of preservice teachers in the area of classroom management. It discusses the lack of experience and hands-on practice they obtain prior to … Continue reading Virtual Reality Classrooms for Preservice Teachers

What have we learned from research on new literacies?

Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (2014). Studying new literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(9), 1-5.   This article takes a look at new literacies and what we have learned from research. The authors focus is on new literacies that have shifted the paradigm and differ from conventional literacies. These differences are explored in two … Continue reading What have we learned from research on new literacies?