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During the past several years you’ve no doubt heard somebody mention Google Docs and the ability to create online quizzes. If you’re an “early adopter” or relatively tech savvy, maybe you’ve even tried your hand at creating a Google Docs quiz online. Maybe you’re not there yet either, and that’s OK. But, sooner or later, you may want to try creating an online quiz, and there are several great reasons to consider it:

  1. You’ll save a few trees.
  2. You won’t have to worry about your cat eating someone’s paper…OK, maybe I’m the only teacher who’s had that problem, but stranger things have happened!
  3. It saves the burden of toting papers to and fro.
  4. Students can access the quiz on their own time if they’ve missed it during class.

I’m sure you can think of many other advantages and reasons to try online quizzes.

I encourage you to try out Google Docs and the Flubaroo app that makes grading objective assessments a snap, but Google isn’t the only game in town when it comes to creating free online assessments: I’m sure you’ve heard of Adobe. Adobe has some great (and free) online tools for comunication and collaboration. One of those free to use tools is Adobe’s “FormsCentral.” Forms Central has a variety of templates for a variety of purposes, just like Google Docs. It’s pretty simple to use, and all you need to do is create a free account at http://formscentral.acrobat.com to get started. Before you sign up, why don’t you click my link and check out my sample quiz. Then try your hand at creating your own.

Again, sooner or later you’ll doubtless want to try online quizzes. When you do, remember that Google is one option, but it’s not the only option you have.

Update: 3/26/12: Since posting this, I have learned that Adobe FormsCentral allows the user only *one* free quiz with only fifty responses. If your school or district happens to be an Adobe subscriber, you may be in luck; however, for the rest of us, it’s not a great deal. That said, there are any number of free apps and services in addition to Google Docs that will allow you to create quizzes. One app that I like is called Socrative Teacher and essentially replaces the “clicker” systems with smart phones of either the Android or the iPhone type. If you search “create free online quizzes” you will receive a number of hits. I can’t comment as to what sites are the best for creating quizzes without having tried a number of them, so if you have experience with any sites, comments would be greatly appreciated!

Update II: March 27, 2012: One of the fun things about writing on a new topic is updating. After making the discovery that Adobes Forms Central might not be as good a fit for teachers as I had initially thought, I did some further investigation of Google Docs where I found a couple of great blog posts demonstrating how you can create your own “self-grading quiz” using google forms. I won’t go into detail on that here since some other bloggers have already done an exceptional job of covering the requisite skills. (I’ll include links, don’t worry!) It does require a bit more tech-savvy than using a pre-made script like Flubaroo, but one of the bloggers describes what you need to do step-by-step.

First, here’s the Sample Quiz I made. You won’t see the auto-grade elements, but you’ll get a taste of the variety of questions that may be asked and graded. Next, here are the links I mentioned regarding how you can create your own self-grading quiz:

This first blog provides a step-by-step tutorial. From “Planet of the Web.com” —Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs.

Here’s a jing video for those who would like visual guidance: Self-grading quiz visual guidance.

I hope these are helpful to you. Let me know!

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Thanks to Ed Tech writer Audrey Watters, I’m checking out the “new” app, available for both iPhone and Android, “Three Ring.” Here is what ThreeRing have to say about themselves:

“Three Ring is the best tool for digitizing student work. It will allow you to create a beautiful stream of student work that can be sorted, searched, organized and reorganized enabling you to engage in authentic assessment like never before.”

Sounds enticing, but how does it work? Who’s using it? What do teachers think about it?

Below is a blog post from one of the founders of the Three Ring project, Steve Silvius, who states that he is a Math teacher and uses the platform to “…easily create digital portfolios of student work and use these for assessment and tracking progress in the classroom” (Pedagogy of the Obsessed. http://pedagogyoftheobsessed.wordpress.com/author/ssilvius/. Accessed March 22, 2012).

A Pedagogical Narrative for Three Ring.

Who is using it?

@MatthewPMoran1111 comments on the “Hack Education” blog, “… I wasn’t overly impressed with the existing functions, it is good to hear that [Three Ring] are very receptive to feedback from educators” (“Hack Education.” Digitize and Assess Student Work with ThreeRing. March 21, 2012. http://hackeducation.com/2012/03/21/digitize-and-assess-student-work-with-threering/. Accessed March 22, 2012).

Keep in mind that Three Ring is a very new start-up! The real promise behind the tool is that it allows for ease of use in creating and maintaining digital portfolios…”one of the best tools for formative assessment” according to Silvius. (Thanks to Mr. Silvius for correcting my error here!)

For the record, I’ve signed up for the trial (free to educators) and downloaded the app. The interface is simple and intuitive, and I think Silvius and partners are onto something great. I’m looking forward to seeing how this concept evolves.

Great sentence combining materials. The author allows use or you can use these materials to get your own creative juices flowing. I will definitely be following the “Free Language Stuff” blog! I hope you find it useful, too. Thanks especially to Reading Rockets for sharing this excellent resource.

Free Language Stuff

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So, it’s been some time again since my last post. I forgive myself because I’ve been very busy, but my busyness (not business) has provided me with much food for thought. Coming soon: some reviews and thoughts regarding educational apps for the Android tablet; thoughts about Orton-Gillingham training; and thoughts about the future of education in general. In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to get you thinking about education and you haven’t read it already, go here: “Stop Stealing Dreams” by Seth Godin. You won’t be disappointed.