Using iPads for assessment

In an earlier post I discussed using Plickers as an effective tool for assessment. Today, in Year 4, I shared with 4M the impact of using ‘Ping Pong Spot Networking’ and ‘Kahoot’.

Ping Pong Spot Networking
PingPong, is simple app, which allows the teacher to pose questions in various ways: Multiple choice 4, multiple choice 5, True/False, Text response and image. This could be used for maths questions, spellings, SPAG, science… as with Plickers the possibilities are endless. Children’s responses can be ‘Airplayed’ onto the board and ‘Best Mistakes’ screen shot and put on the class ‘Our Best Mistakes’ board for children to explain teir mistakes.

In order to use PingPong, teachers log in on their iPad app and children then log in on theirs as ‘Guest’, they then enter a room code, first name and they are then ready to go. When the teacher poses a question, they choose how they would like children to respond, eg: true/false, responses then come through to the teacher iPad. The teacher is then able to address misconceptions, look at which children can apply what has been asked, pose another question to those who need further revision work etc.

Another great assessment tool is Kahoot, which enables competition between pupils to answer questions, whilst the teacher assesses their understanding. Once you sign up to Kahoot you can create fun learning games in minutes (called ‘kahoots’), made from a series of multiple choice questions. You can also add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!

In order to play, children go to their web browser, type in ‘‘ and then enter a game PIN along with their first name.

Have a listen to some of our Year 4 pupils and then try these Apps yourselves and see how creative you can be…

Using Plickers for assessment

As in most schools, we have a focus on assessment and looking at how we can assess children’s understanding during a lesson and how children can share their understanding. Whiteboards have always been a good tool for children to respond to multiple choice questions with: A, B, C & D but often you will see children copying what their peers may have written down and so not necesssraily understanding what has been asked of them. Dylan Williams discusses this in his short video on hinge questions.

Within our school, key stage two is now 1:1 for iPads and so I’ve been looking at how iPads can be used as an assessment tool. Apple TV is a great resource to show children’s work, during a lesson, and share ‘best mistakes’ where children can then discuss mistakes made and how to improve, along with good examples of work too.

One app I’ve finally tried this week with Year 4 is Plickers, which is a powerful, simple tool  that doesn’t require 1:1 devices. Plickers allows teachers to collect real-time formative assessment data. The Plickers cards help protect students’ privacy so they can answer teacher questions honestly without worrying about what their peers think of their answer.

Once you have signed up to Plickers, go to ‘classes’ and set up your class, you can copy and paste names in from a class list or type in manually; once you press ‘Save’ each student will then be allocated a number. Next step is to click on ‘cards’ in the top right menu and choose the size cards you wish to use for your class, these can then be printed and laminated. Each card can then be given to the student it’s been assigned to.

To add your questions go to ‘library’ ‘add new’ and then type your question, you can have 4 multiple choice answers or true and false. Remember to click the correct answer! You can add images to your questions if you like too! To add a question to your class click the calendar below the question and ‘+ add to queue’ then click on your class. There are so many possibilities of questions and cross-curricular subjects.

You’re now ready to go! Download the ‘Plickers App’ onto your iPad. You will then need to run the web application from your MacBook and Airplay this onto your board, click on ‘Live View’. When you ask a question students then hold up their card, if their answer is ‘A’ they hold their card with the ‘A’ at the top, if it’s ‘B’ they hold it with ‘B’ at the top and so on… All the teacher has to do then is scan the students responses on the iPad! As you scan names they appear in green if students have ‘got it’ or red if not. It’s then up to you to decide if you want some to work on a similar question, move some on etc…

It’s that simple!

The children in 4D loved using the Plickers cards as an assessment tool and stated how they didn’t feel as worried at their peers looking at their answers. They also had lots of ideas how Plickers can be used to test spelling understanding, SPAG, science questions etc and can be used as a starter, hinge questions and exit passes too!

Have a go and see what you think!

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