I've been dying to write more about my Card Talk activities; I continue to work with establishing norms and expectations with my students, so that has delayed the release of some of my class videos. In the meantime, here's something to make your life easier. SOCRATIVE!
Below is a 10 minute tutorial video I made on how to use it. Watching this might be the best way to spend 10 minutes this weekend!
Let's start with the most important feature of this assessment tool: IT'S FREE!!!!! No, it won't cost you a thing! (There is a pay option, but I haven't explored it.)
This is an incredible website that allows you to create quizzes that kids can take on devices or through a web browser. You can add images to questions, insert a variety of kind of questions, decide if you want students to be able to go back and revisit questions, allow or disable instant feedback, and randomize question and answer order. You can't add audio, but I will often set the pace at "teacher-directed" and read questions to my students.
But the absolute best part is the data you receive at the end. You can get a whole class spreadsheet, individual question information, and a question-by-question analysis for each student. And let me remind you that you need not spend a penny!
Here are some examples of the reports you get.
(The top two are individual students, bottom left is whole class question, bottom right is whole class spreadsheet)
I hope you are able to use this tool soon, let me know what you think!
Card Talk, video 1
Here is the first installment of my “Card Talk” video series. I am excited to bring you along this journey with me !! Let me know if you have questions or ideas.
Card Talk #1
There have been a lot of questions and conversations around Card Talk in recent days. I start the year with Card Talk with my fourth graders and, when I taught third grade, I did it with them, too (though different topics). I thought I'd do a series of video posts about how I structure it, what my goals are, what happens with input and output, and what "stretching" activities I do. ("Stretching activities"... Is that a real expression? If it isn't, I think it should be. I have a tendency to make phrases up, or rename something that already has an established term!)
Anyway, I just wanted to give y'all a heads up and a teaser for what's to come. (PLUS, if I put it out in the Interwebs, I HAVE to do it, right?!) I plan on recording my first video this weekend to set the stage.
In the meantime, check out this video from two years ago, the first year I did my "Hungry Planet" unit (outlined in this post). It's sort of mid-unit, and short, but it will least give you a preview of things to come.
Talk to you soon!
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