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Technology Applications for Assessment in the Science Classroom
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By Dr. Jaime Coyne, Dr. Mae Lane & Dr. Tori Hollas - Assistant Professors - Sam Houston State University

 

As teacher educators, we are continually searching for the most current and effective technology tools to show our teacher candidates they can successfully incorporate these tools in their classrooms with confidence. In this article, we would like to share technology applications that are both student-friendly and teacher-friendly which can be incorporated in the Science classroom for the purposes of assessment. We have also included a helpful chart including the application websites using QR codes as well as different ways to incorporate the application in the Science classroom.

Assessment

No one can argue that assessment is a strong component of the Science classroom.  In addition, student involvement in the assessment process is critical and powerful (Chappuis, Stiggins, Chappuis, & Arter, 2012). The following are five technology applications your students will not only love to use but will actively engage them in the assessment process.  These applications also provide immediate feedback, assisting teachers with instructional planning and decision-making.

Socrative

Socrative (http://www.socrative.com) is a sure way to get your students engaged and excited about learning! Socrative allows you to create multiple-choice, true/false and short answer quizzes and exit tickets. Students can use their mobile devices independently or in teams. Each teacher has his or her own “room number.” Students log in using the room number and immediately have access to the quiz or exit ticket. Socrative offers a new feature that compiles students’ results in a data table providing immediate feedback! As teachers, we love this feature because it provides a snapshot of our students’ progress in the Science curriculum. One of our fellow teachers uses Socrative when reviewing for district benchmark tests. She also loves that Socrative, along with Kahoot and Quizzis, stores her assessments for future use.

Kahoot

Similar to Socrative, Kahoot (https://getkahoot.com) provides a gaming environment your students will enjoy. With this application, you can quiz, pose a question for discussion or survey your students on a variety of Science topics. Each question has a time limit for responses; after time is up, Kahoot displays the results, showing the number of correct responses as well as which student responded the fastest, engaging them in the content. In addition, there are “public kahoots” you can access. Each game is given a unique game pin, which students can access through their mobile devices, tablets or laptops. One of our alum teachers shares, “Students love Kahoot. They love working together in teams which helps build a positive classroom environment.”

Quizizz

Quizizz (http://quizizz.com/admin) is another assessment tool sure to engage your students. With Quizizz, you can create a multiple-choice quiz. This application provides a numerical code for your students to access the quiz. As educators, we love the “homework” feature, which allows students to complete their quizzes at home.  You can even set the due date! All students’ results are compiled in a data table for easy access and instant feedback at your fingertips! One teacher shares, “I love to use Quizizz to reinforce what was taught. It is a great activity Parents can work with their children.”

 

Plickers
    
Need a technology tool that does not require student mobile devices? Take a look at Plickers (https://plickers.com). Simply download the application on your mobile device, as well as the answer cards for your students to use to answer questions. After entering questions in your Plicker’s library, students use the cards to answer. Using the app, scan the students’ cards, and you instantly have real time assessment data.     

Powtoons

Spark some assessment creativity in the Science classroom by integrating digital storytelling presentation tools such as Powtoons. Students, and you, will love this tool as a great alternative to Powerpoint and poster boards! In addition, no more lugging around milk crates full of projects! Powtoons (https://www.powtoon.com/home) provides a variety of templates with graphics from which students can choose, or they can create their own Powtoon. This is a great, as well as popular, option for students to use when presenting science reports!
In this article, we share technology applications that are both student-friendly and teacher-friendly which pre-service and in-service teachers can incorporate in the Science classroom for purposes of assessment.  As teachers and teacher educators, we are continually searching for the most current and effective technology tools to show our teacher candidates they can successfully incorporate these tools in their classrooms with confidence while meeting the needs of our 21st century learners.

 

Name of Technology

Application

Website

Description

Ideas to Integrate in Science

Socrative

http://www.socrative.com/

Interactive Learning Game

Great use for “exit tickets”; Starting a class discussion with a question; Formative assessment tool

Kahoot

https://getkahoot.com/

Interactive Learning Game

Great tool for review for tests; Formative assessment tool

Quizziz

http://quizizz.com/admin

Interactive Learning Game

Great tool for review for tests; Formative assessment tool

Plickers

https://plickers.com/

Assessment Tool

Assessment tool without using student mobile devices; Formative assessment tool

Powtoon

https://www.powtoon.com/home/

Animated Presentation Tool

Students can create presentations and animated videos with their science writing; Great Science report presentation tool



References: Chappuis, J., Stiggins, R., Chappius, S., & Arter, J. (2012). Classroom Assessment for Learning. Boston: Pearson.

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