Top 5 apps for assessment

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So you’ve taught that perfect lesson, or just want to prove the progress the class are about to make so what do you do?? Assess the learning! Using iPad to facilitate this shows individuals learning and misconceptions, giving you the chance to correct them in the lesson or to carefully plan for next steps of learning. Top 5 apps for assessment!

Stuart Hammersley

  1. SeeSaw – using SeeSaw is simple and creates simple learning journals for every pupil. It’s simple to add work and categorise for each subject or area. 
  2. Plickers – a simple way for the children in your class to answer a multiple choice question anonymously by holding up (a pre-printed) card in a certain orientation. The teacher then scans the cards which then shows the results.
  3. PingPong – send multiple choice questions, blank whiteboard screens to the children in your class and receive back their ideas. Simple, quick and very effective.
  4. Explain Everything – does exactly what it says on the tin! Allows the users to add images, draw and record their voice to produce simple videos. There are two levels of user interface to differentiate between users too.
  5. Orbit Early Years – the King of EYFS learning journal apps. Record the learning carried out by the children, link it to EYFS statements and annotate. This app also creates great output for parents that can easily be emailed home!

Mat Pullen

  1. Class Dojo.  Great app for supporting behaviour but with some tweaks to the rewards it is also great to assess learning and progress.
  2. Kahoot.  An online quiz creator that allows students to answer in a ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ style contest.  Create any quiz and use it for formative or summative assessment
  3. Socrative.  Similar to Kahoot but works with a mix of multiple choice, true/false or short answer questions.  It will even mark the quiz for you.
  4. Seesaw.  Such a diverse app that allows the students to upload their work and then have the teacher or fellow pupils provide feedback.
  5. Showbie.  Again similar to above but with some added features of providing a mark book and the option to share digital workbooks from Explain Everything or Book Creator.

Dan Oakes

  1. Kahoot – Absolutely my favourite app for assessing progress. It may not give the option for open ended questions – but in terms of pace, fun and sheer excitement it is hands down the best. Being able to download a spreadsheet at the end of the quiz with your classes results is such a great feature too.
  2. Post-it plus – Get your children to write down their learning on post it notes – including where they’d like to go next! This app enables you to quickly scan the post it notes and manipulate them in real time in front of the class. You can annotate, erase and alter the colours as well as grouping your post its. Love this app!
  3. TinyTap – Great for all ages. The children can create their own digital games to assess their peers learning. It’s a beautifully simple app to use and relies on the children having to simply touch the screen to decide what the answer is. They will then receive instant feedback. A creative and fun way to make assessment truly interactive.
  4. Plickers – Great app if you have a limited number of iPads. Pre-printed cards are held a certain way by the children and then scanned by the teachers device. The results are instantly shown on the screen. Again – a detailed spreadsheet can be downloaded showing how each child has done.
  5. Popplet – A really simple mind-mapping app that enables children to detail their understanding of any given theme. Its often useful to do one at the beginning and end of a unit of work to show progress.

Simon Pile

  1. Camera – the inbuilt camera on any of the Apple family is perfect for capturing moments. Slow motion for assessing movement, time lapse for assessing growth, panorama for assessing activities where children need to order objects or themselves. Plus the ability to take a quick photograph or video of any learning is key to AfL.
  2. Plickers – an app where one iPad is enough to gauge the feeling of a whole class, or a whole staff. The results are instant, for everyone to see and happen live, giving immediate feedback on a particular moment. It’s what children expect today, rightly or wrongly, but this app gives you the functionality.
  3. VEO – Video Enhanced Observations are perfect for assessing teaching and learning. I’ve used this with some staff (not everyone loves it), but children really enjoy watching how they were learning. It’s particularly great with collaborative tasks.
  4. Kahoot – This quiz creator is easy to set up and loved by the students.  It’s great for quick tests to establish initial knowledge or summarise learning. It means that the children are often hooked at the beginning or energised at the end.
  5. Tapestry – This is a great app for assessing EYFS. The strength of this app is the parental engagement. As a parent of Reception aged children, this allows me to see into the classroom but also feedback what is happening at home! It can take pictures, videos and the learning is all linked to the ELG & CEOL, plus all the age appropriate bands.

Martin Coutts

  1. Post-it Plus – have you ever used post-it notes to introduce a topic or at a lesson plenary? Me too. Problem is, the next day you come in and see all those lovely post-it notes all over the floor. Post-it plus is a way to take those post-it notes and create a digital pin board. Notes are converted to digital format and easily shared with pupils via AirDrop. Great way to quickly pupil understanding and keep a record in your photo app.
  2. Puffin Academy – Flash is dead, or dying. However, there are still some great education websites out there that use Flash based content. MyMaths for example was a staple in my teaching for many years. Built in assessment, monitoring and tracking but not easily accessible. Puffin Academy is a browser that allows pupils to access websites like MyMaths or Education city directly from their iPad. All of the content is education based so it’s a great browser that meets a specific purpose.
  3. Padlet – web based that allows pupils to collaborate on a virtual wall and share ideas. Great way to introduce a topic or for plenary sessions in class. Boards can be saved and exported for monitoring purposes.
  4. ILD – has quickly become a popular profiling tool for nursery teachers. In  Scottish education, profiling has become a big focus in early years, P7 and S3. ILD is focused for teachers, pupils and parents of Nursery age children. Parents can access from home to see pupil progress and profiles are easily updated on the go using the iPad app.
  5. Google Classroom –  very similar to some of the other services, like Showbie, outlined already. This one is limited to schools or LAs who have a Google Apps for Edcuation domain. If you have GAFE then it makes perfect sense to use Classroom as well. Ties everything in together nicely. Getting better as time goes on.

Steve Bambury

  1. iDoceo – this app has been my best friend this year. Working as a specialist computing teacher with 30 classes of students to track progress for, iDoceo is the one-stop shop for my assessment needs. I have created my own traffic light assessment rubric within it which links to a average calculation system which was priceless when report writing season hit!
  2. Nearpod – I often make mini-Nearpod presentations to use for AfL. These might just include a short quiz or an annotation activity which makes them quick to make but great for getting a snapshot of student learning.
  3.  Easy Assessment– though intended as a tool for teachers, we’ve made good use of this in literacy sessions. Students have used the app in small groups, designed their own success criteria and then peer assessed each other’s work.
  4. Recap – fantastic free video response system where the teacher can assign questions to a class and they respond by recording short video answers. A firm favourite with our students  – they are the selfie generation after all!
  5. Seesaw – it’s amazing to see how quickly Seesaw has grown in the last year. The fact that it can be used in a foundation stage classroom with a single iPad just as easily as in a secondary classroom that’s 1:1 is a huge factor in this.
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