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5 Best Apps to Engage and Evaluate K-8 Students

5 Best Apps to Engage and Evaluate K-8 Students

By Krishna Pérmi

Hold students accountable for independent reading with Whooo's ReadingTechnology brings a lot to the modern classroom—engaging content for students, more resoruces for teachers and better assessment tools for the K-8 classroom.

Luckily, assessment is an area where many tech tools have been built, allowing you to make a manual process much less time consuming, while being more engaging and streamlined.

These five K-8 assessment tools are just a handful of the ones that teachers can use, but are considered some of the best available for evaluating performance while creating engaging lessons. Discover how they can take your assessment to the next level.

More: 13 New Tools to Boost Engagement

1. Socrative

Socrative allows teachers to create quizzes and capture results in real time. Using live questioning, result collection, and visualization, teachers will have instant insight into levels of understanding and can modify the method of delivery as per student requirements.

The app provides consistent engagement through:

Instant feedback: Teachers can visualize individual student and class responses, which are populated on the teacher’s screen in real time. Teachers can choose which format they prefer, including multiple choice, true or false, brief answer, or open-response.

Personalized content: Teachers can create and edit their own collection of assessments and assign them to the class.

Reports: Teachers can download, email, or deliver the reports generated via Google Drive.

Compatibility: Socrative can be used on iOS, Android, Chrome, Kindle, Windows Apps, and other web browsers.

2. Edmodo

This is a valubale tool for collating student work and assigning quizzes, and helps to lessen the load of paperwork a teacher takes home each week. It’s easy to set up student accounts, create study groups, assign work, schedule tests, assess progress, and more. Students can complete projects even from home and upload it directly to Edmodo.

Edmodo is trusted by teachers because it’s:

Easy to use: With all the information available on a single platform, Edmodo helps to strengthen what a teacher has already covered in the classroom.

Secure design: Edmodo gives teachers complete control in their digital classroom. One of the best tools is the grouping feature, which allows teachers to separate students into groups, ensure the groups remain private, and track activity specific to that group.

Interactive activities: The tool introduces innovative ways for interaction and participation among students and teachers. 

Availability: Edmodo is free for teachers and students. It’s Available online and for Android, iOS, and Windows.

3. Kahoot

Teachers can create fun learning games in minutes with Kahoot. Games (also called Kahoots) are made from a series of multiple-choice questions. Students use computers, mobile phones, or other devices to join the game and teachers can create flashcards for reviewing the content beforehand. Teachers can also embed videos and use Kahoot as part of the teaching process, or allow students to create their own review games to share with the class.

4. Zaption

This app provides free interactive video tools and ready-to-use video lessons to engage learners. What sets it apart from YouTube or another libeary of lessons is it’s signature feature which allows teachers to embed questions into the video. Students must answer correctly before continuing with the video, allowing teachers to ensure students are staying focused and retaining the inforamtion.

Zaption’s gallery has a collection of high-quality videos on a wide variety of topics. Teachers can customize a video by adding images or text, and questions. Videos can be shared or embedded directly into an LMS, blog or website.

More: 4 Steps for Using Educational Videos in the Classroom

5. Google Forms

Google Forms allows teachers to create their own survey-style data-entry form. Teachers can design a form that allows them to quickly check off the names of students in a class, and type in observations and next steps for each student.

Every time a Google Form is submitted, the data collected goes straight into spreadsheets, which can be accessed, from the same free Google account. This free tool works on any web browser, and is a simple way to customize assessment and performance evaluation in the classroom.

With these apps, and the many others that are available, teachers can focus more making lessons engaging while evaluating performance, often in real time, bringing to important aspects of teaching into one easy-to-access place.

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