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BREAKING NEWS: Middle School Student Likes Formative Assessments!

Curriculum standards, learning targets, formative assessments, Google Forms and Sheets, Flubaroo, and science notebooks--all of these pieces are working harmoniously in the 7th grade science classrooms of Angela Rathjen and Angela Schneider at Sperreng Middle School.

What are they doing?

In order to help students understand their learning goals and monitor their progress, Ms. Rathjen and Mrs. Schneider have developed goal sheets for each unit that students can insert into their science notebooks.  Each curriculum standard has been transformed into a learning target (or "goal") written in student-friendly language using the verbs and vocabulary that students need to know and be able to do.

After completing lessons developed for mastering a learning goal, students complete a formative assessment on their device using Google Forms which is then graded using Flubaroo.

Is that it?

No!  The students receive an email from Flubaroo showing their score, the questions they missed, and…

The Good Type of the Flu - Flubaroo (It's like a time warp.)

Daydream - Colton Witt

Have you dreamed of the day where you can give your students quick formative feedback and have the results automatically tallied, color-coded and recorded?

That day is today.  Your dreams are now coming true.

This magical tool, flubaroo, works in conjunction with a Google Form to automatically grade the results of your quiz and enter them into a color-coded spreadsheet.  Personalized results can also be emailed to the student giving them instant feedback.

Flubaroo Overview Video - by the creators of Flubaroo


Things that stood out:

Teacher gets a color-coded answer sheet.Red - Names in red scored less than 75 on the quiz.Orange - Questions highlighted in orange indicate less than 60% of the students got it right.

These two colors could make differentiated instruction more targeted, you know who needs what instantly.

Resources
Flubaroo User Guide
On Twitter?  Why not follow Flubaroo!

Google Forms
Capturing student feedback with Google Forms - this video was produced by t…

Skype with a little mystery.

What is Mystery Skype?

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

It's suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.
Not sure how this will really work with kids in your classroom?  Read this short post from a teacher explaining the process.  She lists the types of questions you need to prepare to assigning jobs during the Skype session.

Would this engage your students?  Take a few minutes and watch the video.  Could your students guess the location after 20 questions?

My heart swelled a little when I saw this.

What does this mean?  Is this really unlimited?
Yes!

You never have to delete an email!
You can add a billion photos to your drive and have room to add more!