Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Google Tips - quick, easy tips for using Google Apps

Google has released Google Tips, quick, easy tips for using Google Apps.

It is setup in a card format, using simple, easy to understand. You can see them all, mobile, home, office, or by product.

Click on the card to get more info. Most have some kind of video to show you how to do it, or very simple instructions.

Here is a card found for Google+

Below is the card once you click it:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kahoot! ~ Great Learning Starts by Asking Questions

 Kahoot! is a great new game-based response system that is FREE, works on all devices AND allows students to create as well! You can use Kahoot! with learners of any age and using any subject matter. Here are three ways to get started with Kahoot! in your classroom:

1. Quizzes: - Create your own quiz, have a student create one or find a public quiz! To start a quiz,  decide on a title and then drag and drop your content and add your questions. Your content can feature pictures or videos which makes it great for all grade levels. You can search public quizzes by topic, grade level, and audience (ex: school).

2. Discussions:  Create discussion questions is easy. Decide on a title and then ask your probing question. You can also have your students pose questions to launch a discussion using their devices.

3. Surveys: Take a real-time poll of your students wants/needs? For example: what type of devices do we have in our classrooms from BYOT? This can also be used for an exit ticket to determine how a lesson went or gauge the students knowledge on a topic or an entrance ticket to review previous lessons.
If you find a public quiz, discussion or survey you can also ‘favorite’ it by clicking on the heart.

by JamieBrooker

This Quickcast shows how to play a game of Kahoot! in a room full of people with different devices:

  • Once you've created you Kahoot or have chosen a public one to play, press the purple play button
  • Choose your advanced settings and launch the Kahoot on the screen at the front of the room
  • On their personal devices, players can then join by going to in their web browser, and entering the pin displayed on the screen at the front of the room
  • They then enter their nickname, seeing it displayed at the front
  • They then use their device to answer each question, with the aim to get as many points as possible and get to the top of the leader-board
  • The quiz master can then download the results of the quiz, seeing what each person in the room answered for each question, and how quickly.
Other Resources:

Friday, December 6, 2013 - Free Digital Assessment Tool is a website designed to help students learn and teachers teach. The Answer Pad is basically an application that lets students send digital answers to the teacher. creates an interactive dialogue between teachers and students in the classroom. This is done by making a variety of response types, drawings, canvases, and templates available to students on any device with an internet connection.

Choose from 8 different question types.
Number Wheel
Fill in
Pie Shade-In
Rectangle Shade-In
Coordinate Grid
MC 5 Answer Choices

Students answer questions and annotate images on their internet accessible device (laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, etc) and then send their responses to the teacher for immediate feedback.

On top of that, The Answer Pad offers test creation tools with feedback and analysis.  It's great application that is similar to the "clicker" student response systems.

This online/app resource allows you as a teacher to engage your students so that learning is easier, more effective, and fun! You can connect with your students digitally using their website on any internet accessible device or use a free downloadable app for students with access to iPads.  You can also use an iPad to capture all the data from existing paper tests, and score it, too.

Teachers register for FREE at Students either log in at to use the browser version or download the TAPit Free iPad app.

When you first register and sign in to The Answer Pad, you'll  see a step-by-step guide on how to get started.  AnswerPad provides plenty of help menus, guides, and even an extensive video library to help you with anything you might have trouble with.