Testmoz a Simple Online Test Creator

I used Testmoz this past week in class and found it to be quite useful in simple summative assessment. This site provides an easy to use interface with all of the basic question types. Results are broken down by individual questions and by student scores. They do require a one time donation to the site to support them but then you are able make as many different quizzes and tests as you would like. Once your test is complete you can either embed the quiz on  your website or provide a link to the actual quiz on Testmoz. Both options seemed to work well for me.  This is definatley one to go into the teacher toolbox for me.

Check out Testmoz at : http://testmoz.com/

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Challenge Students With A Puzzle

Rubik's Cube in scrambled state

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I am always amazed at how students will respond to a challenge. Over the the last year when students have completed their work, I have begun to use different puzzle websites to challenge them. I would say, “Hey, I heard that this is really hard puzzle and I don’t think many people have solved it why don’t you try to solve it?”  I was amazed at how many students step up to the plate and would try and solve these puzzles.  As they began to work on them and other students finished their work they would join them and before long I would have groups of 3 to 4 students engaged and working together to try and solve these puzzles.  It was fantastic to see and listen to the students interacting to solve a common goal.  Here are just a couple of the websites that I have used, give them a try you will be surprised at how engaged your students will become.

  1. Archimedes Laboratory
  2. Project Euler
  3. Brain Bashers
  4. Braingle
  5. Puzzles.com
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Augmented Reality Post Four: My “Manifest Destiny” Game

Augmented Reality Game

Augmented Reality Game

Well, I have been off of the grid lately, working on a new augmented reality game for my students.  This game is designed to introduce them to Manifest Destiny.  There were two things that I was hoping to accomplish with this game. First, to introduce them to Manifest Destiny,  and second to get them working together.  This game is set up so each student in the group interviews a different character.   Each person in the group receives only a portion of the answer in their interview, making it necessary for  the students to work together to get the correct answer.  Each stop has a question that is presented to them at the beginning of the game that will be answered a long the way.

1. What is Manifest Destiny?
2. What are the three political reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?
3. What are the three economical reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?
4. What are the three social reasons that influenced the development of Manifest Destiny?

The entire game takes place on the back field of our school with a total of  four stops in the game.  I am very excited to try this game out on Monday. Wish me luck!

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Looking for a Quick Online Quiz Generator? Well Here it is!

If you have been looking for a simple quiz creator for you class website this site might fit your need.  “Quibblo” is a simple to use quiz generator that allows you to create simple polls, quizzes, and surveys.  They are easy to create and embed into your website.  This site also offers games for students to play however not all of them are educational.  This site does link other quizzes to your quiz that students will be able to see that may or may not have any educational value.  But if you are looking for a quick online experience for your class this is an easy way to create some online activities for your students.

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