Teachers must assess and observe student progress every day – no matter what the subject. Mobile apps make this easier than ever, enabling teachers to harness the incredible power of real time observation and instant results. We selected some of the best assessment apps to assist you in observing and assessing student learning. Most of them are free – so try them out today!
Resource Type: App
We can see why NearPod was awarded the Edtech Digest Award in 2012. This innovative platform makes it incredibly easy for teachers to share content (including lectures and presentations) with students. But it does so much more that it’s better described as an “all-in-one” presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tool. Students receive the content on their tablets, and begin participating in activities. Teachers are able to see the student answers in real time, in addition to having access to post-session activity reports.
— North Penn EdTech (@NPedtech) March 7, 2014
2. Easy Assessment
Price: £1.49 (App Store); £0.65 (Google Play)
Resource Type: App
It can be hard to rely on memory to assess how much students have learned – particularly for large groups. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to review an image or video as many times as you needed in order to make an accurate judgement? Easy Assessment allows you to do just that. Just add a video or image note to each student to showcase the item you are assessing. Then add text comments for each student during their assessment. Once finished, share your groups results via email, or link it to your Dropbox. Use the assessment spreadsheet to view entire class results, as well as the comments you assigned. You can also view student by student in an individual CSV file. The extremely accessible output options means that the results are perfect for printing or sharing.
Resource Type(s): App
Available at: App Store
Looking for an alternative to clumsy classroom clickers? Use QuizCast to create multiple-choice quizzes and practice activities and push them out to all student tablets with a single click – no need to configure app content on multiple devices. You can include images when creating the activities. As soon as the student finishes the quiz or activity, results are posted online. The app tracks student activity and progress – generating absolutely stunning charts and graphs. In addition to individual student results, you can also assess how the entire entire class responded. It really couldn’t be any easier!
4. Three Ring
Resource Type(s): App and associated website
Three Ring bills itself as “the easiest way to capture qualitative evidence of student learning”. True to its word – it allows you to document pretty much any classroom activity (speeches, performances, presentations) through either photo, audio or video. You can then compile this information into portfolios (organized by student name and available through the app or website). The organization and compilation take just seconds. Sort artifacts by student, subject, or tag, and share them with students, parents or other teachers with just a click. We really loved one feature – if you are on a field trip and there’s no Wi-Fi, the app can save the artifacts you capture and upload them later.
Three Ring – like on online portfolio – very powerful for students to explain reasoning and then watch each others videos #1stchat
— Cassandra Nason (@nasoncassandra) March 17, 2014
Resource Type: App
Just five years ago, teachers could only dream of assessing student understanding in real time, and then tailoring lessons on the spot. GoClass makes this a reality. Teachers can formulate questions, draw diagrams, and share materials with students (through their tablets or via projector or TV). It’s so easy to check student understanding – just post a question and get immediate feedback. With this information, you can quickly tailor student lessons to make sure all students are understanding the concept. But how do you know whether the lesson itself is engaging to students? The app also lets you keep track of which students are using which lessons, and when they are using them. Very handy!