MOOC week 2 Teaching with Tablets

This week our MOOC assignment was about visable learning or assessment. (Here’s last week’s post.)

I’m impressed that it made me think differently about capturing learning. 

When we are learning it’s easy to see visual learning as a test or check up but it may be evidence by a snapshot of what is going on there and then without the formality of tests and with the honesty of individual reflection. 

A question as simple as:

What have you learned?

can have a powerful outcome when every child is able to make their statement I impeded by others. 

For me this is where technology makes things possible. Whenever we survey our learners a number of things come into play. 

Opinions, ‘The right answer’, being seen to respond correctly, avoiding mistakes, security, shyness, confidence, comprehension. 

All of these things can influence the student responses. 

But tech solutions give us a chance to reflect privately and discreetly. This is essential. And it is powerful. 

I tried three different new tools for capturing learning in the moment this week. 

First up was  Answer Garden. A handy Word Cloud’ type tool where every one contributes one word on any given topic. 

It can also be a record of how you feel during the lesson. Is everyone comfortable?

Or the means for a debate: What’s the answer to World peace?

Simple clean and straightforward. 

Next up was Tricider. This one has levels of greater complexity. There’s no need to sign in which is great. Starting with a question, you can add ‘ideas’, ‘arguments’ and votes. 

To illustrate it simply here’s a picture of one that’s very straightforward. The content could be reflective, or to plan, or to discuss or to share ideas. 

It was a great tool. With further use, so that pupils can learn how to explore their ideas, it could be amazing. 

Next up 

Number three was an app I’d heard of but hadn’t really explored. 

It’s called Socrative

This was also very straightforward. One big bonus is you can use it without any prep. There’s a code for the student to join your room and then they provides every types of automatic check ups. They have open questions to suit a normal classroom. What have you learned? Being the most obvious. 

The outcome when you close the quiz is sent straight to you by email in a table. 

Here’s a snap of one of the reports. It’s not very pretty and I’ve hidden student names. But as you can see the students have though about what they learned. In future weeks I’ll encourage them to be more specific. 


They also all worked in their own time. And continued working on scratch as soon as they’d submitted their views. It took about six mins to do it and I think this will be less next time. 

As a teacher I can then see whose particularly stuck. It also summarises  a teacher  question which can be tailored to the moment. 
Have you tried something new in your class this week? 

How do you capture learning effectively?

Are there other ways where you make learning visible?