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Spiral: Four Apps in One!
Quickfire Carry out a quickfire formative assessment to see what the whole class is thinking. Students access the code and use their devices to respond using text or a drawing canvas. Because responses are displayed anonymously on a digital whiteboard, students may be more likely to take risks and share openly. I can see this used for connecting with prior knowledge, reviewing, brainstorming, exit tickets, peer review and for quick temperature checks— getting a sense of how students feel about an issue. Teachers may prepare questions in advance or on the fly. An optional timer may be used to move the lesson along or add a bit of a gaming element. You have the option of asking students to rethink and re-submit their responses. Responses may be collaboratively viewed. Teachers may also save responses from whole classes or individual students to assess progress or to share as evidence of instruction and learning.
Clip Turns any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes
Search for and select any public YouTube video or a relevant clip from Spiral’s Public Library of more than 16,000 lessons in the US curriculum and allow students to add comments to a live feed. It’s super easy to add your own open-ended or multiple-choice questions at any point in the video to later project, review and discuss on an IWB. A marker appears on the video timeline where the video will pause allowing students to post responses from their personal devices, allowing you to review and assess engagement and understanding.
You will see their names on the whiteboard as students log in and will be able to monitor and review student responses at any point in the video.
While Spiral is promoted as a tool for formative assessment, it actually works for that and a whole lot more. It may actually replace a number of stand-alone tools we use for similar purposes–for facilitating brainstorming and general collaboration, allowing transparent sharing for feedback, collecting evidence of instructional and for promoting engagement and conversation.
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About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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