I used Edmodo for the first time this week to give a quiz.
It's a win-win situation.
- Students receive instant feedback.
- They can review the quiz questions they missed - right then or later.
- The program randomizes the questions and answers in case you have wandering eyes in your classroom.
- The program provides me with graphs of how well students did on each question so I know which ones I might need to spiral back in our conversations.
- I can easily create a 'retake' quiz because when you ask to edit a previously created quiz, the program automatically opens a copy for you. That copy can be renamed, questions tweaked ... and the retake is ready to go.
- I don't take home 150 papers daily ... fight to grade them all ... so I can return them in a timely manner!
Formative assessment just got easier by a long shot! I can give a quick check, look at the scores, determine who needs help, create small teaching groups or set up tutoring sessions.
I like to take baby steps when using new platforms. After we have taken a couple of quizzes and we have that process under control, I want to use the front page ... "notes" very much like the "status" page on Facebook, for class discussion. I plan to use the Math Munch site as our source of discussion topics. Hopefully I can report on that in a week or two!