Very often I am the sounder of the alarm, the puller of the fire bell to let you know when to beware or just hide altogether. Gratefully today is NOT one of those days.
Today I have great news. In my travels through the internet I found an amazing #edtech tool (that’s educational technology for you civilians) for teachers and parents. It’s called SmartestK12 and it was created by eighth grade science teacher Craig Jones who wanted a way out of the madness of inefficient testing and grading.
Essentially you (teacher, parent, or student) can create an assessment or test in seconds based on the documents you already have.
take any document you’ve already created
upload it into the system (takes like 2 seconds)
highlight the section of the page and assign a question type to it
send out a code to your students
your students log in and you get results in real time
So why is this so cool for teachers?
Well duh….you can use every document you’ve ever created as long as you can covert it to a PDF (currently supported Word docs, PDFs and Image files) and turn it into a test in literally seconds. Possible applications:
You’ve provided your students with a list of vocabulary words. Bing Bang Boom – fill in the blanks test
For art history you have a Powerpoint of famous paintings – whammo – you have a PDF multiple choice
There’s a unit on photosynthesis and you need your students to draw the flower and the sun and the arrows – Alakazam – drop in a drawing block and your students can draw a picture or a math problem or a diagram
The feedback is awesome as well. It provides easy tools for teachers to see patterns which then require differentiated responses, and an easy way to communicate with family. In addition grading these assessments will be much easier and quicker to track. Oh, and we’ll murder a lot less trees.
Why is this so cool for parents?
Great question. Parents – here is a super easy way to create quizzes for your kids based on the work they’ve already done in class. Here are some ideas:
Take a photo of a test they’ve already taken and place the question boxes in the same spot
Upload the vocabulary list and let your child self-quiz
Create a short answer test based on the handouts from the teacher
Essentially you will create quizzes for your child in anticipation of the ones your teacher would create. Then, you will have DATA. You will know where your child needs more help and help him/her focus on those areas.
How about students?
Your children already have their entire heads inside of their devices (for good or bad) and will be far more willing to study and work for assessments if they can study and take the test on their phone, or tablet, or laptop.
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You can even one-click log-in with your Google account, if you have one. Teachers, don’t miss this opportunity to streamline your classroom workload. Parents, take advantage of this easy tool to help your children study. They might have just run out of excuses. WOO HOO!!!!