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Goformative.com, Learning Maps, & Is it Worth it?

Goformative.com– When attending our corporation PD day last week, one of the teachers attending a session that I was in about utilizing technology to DI asked about a formative assessment tool that allowed for more than multiple choice questions. I know we, and especially our students, enjoy Kahoot & Quizizz because of their game-based formats. The problem is that we are restricted to the format of multiple choice or true/false responses. I think www.goformative.com might be a good compromise.  Though the game-based format is sacrificed, it does give teachers a chance to formatively assess electronically in more formats– students can type responses & even draw (which is always more fun, right?!). I love the fact that they have some pre-made “assignments” ready for you to use such as, “Draw something learned from class today.” or you can create your own. Though the fun of a little classroom competition or cute memes is great, I think this would be a great way to add variety and get more explicit answers from your students. 

Learning Maps– I wanted to let you know how a few teachers in my building are putting them to use.

  • A special education teacher in my building has been using maps with her special education students that are struggling with content. She guides them through creating a map to make connections and see the “big picture”.  
  • Take a look at some examples from Alison Oppenheimer’s Honors E/LA class on Twitter– @MissOCG1. She first had students create a map of something that they were already an expert on to learn the process of mapping. Then, students utilized maps to build background knowledge on content that they didn’t already know– setting them up for their next unit. Here is an example–mindmap-oppenheimer
  • Jeff Peterson has been looking into learning map apps & websites for student use. Is there one that you use that isn’t listed here? Please pass along any that you have found useful. Here are a few that he has come across in his search so far:

Is It Worth It?– I ran across this on Twitter from @EpicReads this morning and it really got me thinking about it’s potential classroom uses. The idea is to pose questions about books that spark discussion. For example, this morning’s post was “You get to go to Hogwarts, but you can never use any magic. Is it worth it?” Book related questions such as this would be great for Connect– pose questions already created by @EpicReads, create your own, or have students come up with them. Then it got me thinking about how this type of discussion prompt could be great in any class. In art class for instance, “You are an incredibly talented artist, but you are too afraid to share your artwork with the world. Is it worth it?” or “You have the ability to find out all of the secrets behind Mona Lisa, but the painting will never be displayed to the public again. Is it worth it?” Maybe pose a question as a thinking prompt before introducing new content. Or as journal entry prompt for bellwork. I’d love to hear other content-specific ideas you might have!

Enjoy!

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Instructional coach and former art teacher on the hunt for tips, tricks, strategies, and knowledge to pass along.

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