Formative Assessment – a great site to help

We know that getting quick and accurate data during our teaching is vital to responding to student needs and guiding our practice. Does everyone “get it”? Do I need to revise, extend or move on?

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 2.07.17 pmQUIZ SOCKET is a free web site that is a simple, quick and painless way to get formative data to guide your teaching.

You don’t need to pre-prepare anything which means you can just use this site whenever it suits your needs. Just go to the site (no need to log in), get a unique code for kids to log into. Ask the question either orally or by writing it on the board and your students select A,B,C or D. Student responses come to you instantly in the form of a graph. It couldn’t be simpler and Quiz Socket makes a great exit ticket too.


Photos for the holidays and the classroom

One of the great things about holidays is the photos we take to remind us of our adventures. I took these at the Werribee Open Plain Zoo and enhanced them with PhotoFunia

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Photographs to document learning, reflection or for more creative pursuits  are very powerful. A picture is after all, worth a 1000 words. So here are a couple of sites  that you could try over the break – add to your memories and build your “toolbox” to use with your class this year.


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This is a fantastic site that lets you enhance your photos by adding them into other scenes. A lot of fun and I could see many classroom applications especially in publishing. My favourites are the Billboard and Museum effects.

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Another site for editing and enhancing your photos but these effects are more subtle.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 1.15.38 pmCartoonize

Lots of possibilities with this site as it lets you turn your photos into “cartoon” style images with a variety of effects.

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This site is like a free online “Photo Booth”. You can take pictures with your webcam using a variety of frames and filters.