In 9th grade Spanish classes, students develop an understanding of different types of text. They learn how to interpret, analyze, identify and produce different genres, journalistic styles, scientific and historical texts. Students are expected to read outside of class and come in ready to discuss and work with the text. In class, students answer questions using Google forms to determine whether the readings were completed and to assess the level of understanding. In addition to multiple choice type questions, there are long answer questions that provide information for the teacher to assess writing skills and focus teaching on misconceptions. Students are motivated to read their text in order to do well on these assessments. See an example assessment here.
In AP English Language and Composition students are using NowComment. NowComment allows groups of students to read and have an online "conversation" about a piece of writing. Every week, groups read a magazine or journal article and discuss it among themselves, commenting on the argument(s) and the rhetorical strategies within the piece, focusing on concepts recently studied in class. Students ask each other questions and clarify misunderstandings about the piece, coming to class prepared to discuss, write about, or take a test on the piece. By reading the student comments, their teacher is able to gauge their reading comprehension and see which concepts are giving them difficulty. Below is a screenshot of a recent conversation. NowComment engages students in learning by providing a different way to contribute to class conversations and demonstrate understanding.
teachers submit their assessment and comments about a student's post, the form automatically emails the student with the information. This will provide students with the feedback they need to be successful in the project and save teachers time. If you're interested using forms as rubrics to provide feedback automatically to students, check out the post on our PD page.
Ninth grade science students are not only learning fundamentals of science and chemistry, they are getting a lesson in thinking about learning. Students complete ungraded quizzes about science content. Then students complete reflections commenting on their preparation relative to their quiz score. How do they know their score? Flubaroo allows their teacher to send each student a personal grade report via email instantly. Students can immediately address their misunderstandings and misconceptions about the content by asking good questions. They can also reflect on how their study habits influenced the outcome of the quiz. Their teacher learns which topics are causing students trouble as well. Students are engaged in these formative assessments and gain insight about their own learning process. Simple solutions can provide great rewards. Learn more about using Flubaroo on the Teacher Resources site.