Wow! It seems that the end of the last school year was a whirlwind one for teachers. Things were moving along smoothly in February, then all of a sudden BOOM! – Remote teaching, zoom lessons and digital classrooms were thrown your way. You had to learn to teach with technology – and fast!
But, of course, like the superstars you are you took these hurdles in your stride. Next school year is looking a little calmer for teachers now (touch wood) and some teachers are even returning to the classroom.
But does this mean that we take all the new amazing skills we learnt during lockdown and throw them out the window? Of course it doesn’t!
You may be wondering how, now that you’re all technologically savvy and such, you can use your new-found skills to make your classroom lessons even more wow-worthy.
Never fear! We have 9 amazingly simple ways that you can teach with technology from the comfort of your home or classroom, using our wonderful feature Assess.
Teach with Technology – Assess in the Classroom
Assess helped thousands of teachers to teach remotely, and now we’re here to show you how it can still be your best friend in the classroom. As one of the hottest digital classroom tools out, it’s got the goods to help your classroom lessons go up a notch or two.
If you need an Assess refresher, make sure to read our helpful blog Assess – The Online Learning Tool for Teachers (FREE). Then, take a look at these easy ways to incorporate it into your classroom lessons.
#1 Group Rotations
Starting off our list is a super-simple idea – using assess as a fun, engaging activity for group rotations!
Set tablets or computers up for one station in your rotations. Students can simply log in and out with their unique Assess logins – or, log in using your teacher account and open up each student profile at the start of each rotation!
The versatile nature of the question types in Assess means that you can set a different activity for each daily rotation. Why not set a vocabulary matching activity as a scaffold on Monday, then a sentence writing activity on Tuesday for your literacy rotations?
#2 Morning Busy Activities
Wake up your students’ brains each day with digital morning busy activity. The idea behind this activity is that it gives your students an educational activity to do each morning as they filter into the classroom.
Simply assign an activity of your choice to each student with a timeframe to suit! I’ve chosen a simple editing activity to jog my students’ memories each morning, but there are dozens of Assess templates for you to pick and choose from!
Why not try a tracing or initial sounds activity for younger years students?
For more fun morning activity ideas, read Holly’s blog Easy Classroom Morning Routine Ideas | Morning Basket Activities.
#3 Weekly Tests
Weekly tests – you either love them or hate them. They present a wonderful opportunity to checkpoint how your students are going each week. But they are also a bit of a pain to create and then mark each week!
If you choose to assign your weekly tests with Assess, not only will you be able to copy, paste and edit the tests from week to week, but you can also set them up to be self-grading – saving you bucketloads of time.
#4 Summative Assessment Pieces
As with your weekly tests, creating summative assessment pieces and delivering them with Assess means that your marking and grade book is taken care of! You have the option of reviewing each child’s grade and adjusting it to allow for individual student needs.
As well as this, the technology-driven side to Assess means that you can include elements of assessment that you would miss out on with a paper test, such as the ability to include stimulus videos.
#5 Homework Tasks
When I was teaching, it was sometimes a chore to get my students to remember their homework folders each day. Either they left it at school, or they left it at home. When they did bring it in, I had to take time to open, mark, replace and then put in the new work each week!
If you assign your homework with Assess, you’re taking out the hassle. Simply assign your homework at the start of the week and schedule it to become available when you want your students to complete it.
You’ll also get notified each time a child has completed an activity, meaning you can mark it throughout the week as you go and catch if any students need further help with an activity.
#6 Activity Tracker
We get it! You don’t think going completely digital is a great idea – and we don’t either! There’s a time and a place for hands-on activities in the classroom too – especially ones that help draw out our students’ creative sides.
Why not take a photo of a student’s work and grade it on Assess to keep all your marks together? You’ll also have a permanent record of their activities when it comes to reporting time.
Simply follow these steps:
- Open a new assess activity for a piece of student work, for example, “Sophie’s Reading Response 12/05”.
- In the question box, select a question such as ‘Draw’ or ‘Text Response’. In the ‘Draw’ function you can also draw onto the .jpeg before assigning it.
- Upload the student work as an .mp3 or .jpeg to the question.
- Assign the activity to the student.
- Immediately go to the assigned activity and, in the results section, click ‘Manually Grade’.
You can now assign comments and a mark or grade to a hands-on piece of student work! What’s more, once you’ve graded it, your students will be able to see their results and your feedback in their Assess dashboard.
#7 Modelled Reading
If you use a digital tool to complete reading activities with your class, you’ll never have to worry about having enough copies of books! If you’re using worksheets for modelled reading, you’ll be saving paper and money by not printing every time you do a reading activity.
Your students will be able to simply open the text in their Assess dashboard and read along with you. You can then attach further comprehension questions as additions to your activity.
#8 Fast Finisher/Fun Activity
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s being able to use technology as a nice treat for finishing work early!
Setting a fun additional activity with Assess is a great incentive for students to complete their work on time, or work towards achieving a goal. Why not use it as a reward for positive behaviour?
#9 Extension/Intervention Activities
Finally, you can’t go past using technology for some good old differentiation.
Whether extending your students or using it as an intervention activity, Assess allows you to differentiate your assigned activities to your heart’s content.
Some ideas for how to differentiate with Assess include:
- Differentiate by delivery mode – some students can have digital, and some can have print versions of an activity.
- Differentiate by timeframe – allow some students longer access to an activity.
- Allocate different question types – why not use a match-up question for your lower-level learners, and a text-response for your upper?
- Allow questions to be read out loud – with the Assess dictation function.
- Differentiate by assessment piece – we have dozens of levelled templates in Assess which you can use to differentiate on the same activity.
For more information on the ways you can differentiate with Assess, check out our YouTube video Let’s Explore Assess: Differentiating Activities.
We hope you enjoy using your tech skills in the classroom with this wonderful digital teaching tool!
Share your ideas on teaching with technology in the comments below.
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