Kahoot vs Socrative

Wow another blog entry and within a couple of days. Amazing! :)

This probably has been done before but I’ll put my two cents into the mix. This year one of the other teaching tools I have used is Kahoot. A game based response system hosted online, that’s pretty much what the website states. Socrative is another popular online response system. I’ve used both in class and found good and bad points for both

Kahoot makes the quizzing a bit more competitive, “game like”. My students actually like Kahoot. They are always trying to outdo each other and win the points competition. I’ve used this as a warmup to the daily lessons. Usually, quizzing students on the information presented in school the day before. It pretty much has very similar features to Socrative. Below is an example of the excel download for quiz results.

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You can see the results for each student. Very useful feature. Kahoot also allows you to upload images and attach video to a question. Not bad. A definite minus for Kahoot is the limit on characters in your multiple choice questions and answers. These are the questions I usually use.  I have never used the discussion or survey functions. Tons of ways to use all these features and I’m hoping to try them out soon. Definitely a favorite among my students.

Socrative is bit different, but very similar in many ways. I like the Rocket Race, this is pretty close to the points feature of Kahoot. Kids love to use this feature when competing against one another. I do like the exit ticket feature, this can be a good tool when students need to be quickly assessed before leaving the class period. Socrative also has a way to import excel sheets with questions. You can download the template from the website. One thing, make sure in the properties dialog box (right click the file) you click unblock if you are getting a memory error. This happens with Microsoft Office 2013.

socrativeexcel

Quick question is another great tool. Good example I wanted to get a quick answer from the students about a lab and I used the quick short answer tool for it. Worked really well. I do like the options in the results feature. You can actually download them to your Google drive or view them as charts. The only drawback of Socrative is it is a bit clunky as they say when entering questions. You really do need to make sure your Java is working and certain features on your browser are enabled.

For the high school level, both are pretty cool tools to use in class. I’ll probably start using Socrative to see how that one works. I think the students like the Kahoot design better, more of a game. They actually are having fun learning something, go figure!.

Halfway Point….

Yep halfway mark is here and it came quick. As I start to get ready to take a break my mind continues to race along to the next semester. How can I improve on last year’s presentations, notes, labs etc.. But I’m also in one of those reflection moods, what went right last semester? Wrong? Not everything was perfect I can tell you that. I think that’s what the halfway point is about, looking back and reflecting on what happened, while looking forward to the New Year.

Lots happened since the beginning of the year. I’ll be brief or try to anyway. I forgot to post about our Robotics Kickoff which was an experience. It took place at CISCO and it was the first time I attended one. They unveiled the field at the time. Which by the way was pretty unique. Check out the game below:

It’s called the FIRST Tech Challenge Season Game: Cascade Effect. And that’s what started the year off. By the way we are hosting the FTC Qualifying tournament again for North Carolina at Gibbons on January 17th. As we get close I will post more information.

Class on the other hand took on a different look. I implemented more “Flipped” material this year. I was lucky and had my choice, should I stick with Discovery or go to Google Classroom. If you don’t have a subscription or availability to Discovery I can understand not using this tool. Google Classroom would probably be better. But you need to have an education account for this, which means your school needs to have accounts. So both have certain requirements.

I found for my class I preferred Discovery for a couple of reasons. Ease of grading, Google Forms need add-ons to grade. And it can get complicated. I’ve put in the “suggestion” box for Google that they make this a bit easier for teachers. There are tons of video tutorials that help you work with the add-ons like Flubaroo, Octopus and Goobric. All can be integrated with Google Classroom.  Not saying these tools aren’t great, because they are. A colleague of mine, loves them and has really utilized them in her physics classroom. Actually she has become quite the Google Guru. But I really haven’t had a chance to try these. I’m more of a Discovery person. Now that might change if the school decides to just go with Google. So eventually I’ll have to get better at it.

But for now I’ll talk about Discovery and leave Google for a later date. I used a couple of features in Discovery this year that really helped with the Flipped material. One was embedding the video in an assessment and having students answer questions on it. This worked great because it actually told me who watched the video. But one of the best things I came to find most useful was the Mastery graph and the ability to go over questions. The mastery graph was really helpful, especially on assessments.

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The great thing about this is it is generated by discovery for all your concept assessments. You can see specifics when viewing the assessment report.

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Again all generated by Discovery. One reason why I use it for my flipped material and other material. A bit easier than Google, I think any way. If you have the opportunity to try it I would. I believe you can utilize this even with a free subscription. You don’t need a paid subscription.

So those are the main reasons why I haven’t switched to Google like others. There are probably ways to do it in Google and trust me I’m going to find out when I have a chance. Not a bad idea to have another way of doing things just in case.

Well holidays are a welcome sight this year. I’ll be playing catch up. Trying to get ahead a bit. That would be nice for once. J

12 Free Microsoft Teaching Tools | DigitalChalk Blog

At least it didn’t take long for me to post again. :)

This really looks cool, I haven’t tried the apps yet. But the Interactive Classroom looks very good and I know teachers at our school use PowerPoint and OneNote.  Check them out. 12 Free Microsoft Teaching Tools | DigitalChalk Blog.

Thanks to Sarah Bright and her blog for this information Learn2Earn

5 Ways to Use Google Reverse Image Search ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Its been a while since my last post. Sorry to anyone has continued to subscribe to my blog. For some reason this year seems busier than ever at school. I hope you will continue to subscribe, I promise to post more often. A resolution for 2015.

So here is an interesting little tool check out the article 5 Ways to Use Google Reverse Image Search ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards | Edutopia

Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards | Edutopia. I like  suggestions for digital Media Exit Cards. MixBit is something new. I’ll be trying that out soon, will post soon about it.

Summer Robotics Course

So I decided to just write a brief entry on a summer robotics course I took in July. I know its been a while, since my last entry. That’s in part due to the school starting near the beginning of August and its been pretty busy for first month.  But during the summer I got the opportunity to learn some programming through Carnegie Melons Robotics Academy.

The course I took was given by Carnegie Mellon, Robotics Academy. The course Lego/Tetrix Professional Development was given online during the month July.  It was a week of learning about Programming robots and using Tetrix parts. I did the week long course in July , it was in the afternoon from 3-5 pm.

rembot     textris

One of the great components of the course was the Robot C programming lessons. During the week I pretty much got a crash course in Robot C. A bit more complicated then the Lego program, this program (Robot C), was used for the NXT and EV3.  The amount of information I learned during the week was amazing. There were various assignment requirements, that included programming a robot.  Had some help with last two challenges, thanks to our Robotics Coaches and especially Margaret Toebes. There were a total of 4 challenges. All included programing challenges. The building part I found easy, programing I think is bit more difficult.

Robo500         sentry

 

Overall the course really gave me insight into the First Robotics and programming. The only advice I would give about taking the course, if you want to take it slowly you might want to take it once a week. The 5 day course was pretty intense and fast.  Otherwise  I learned a lot.

Before You Assign a Reading Log

Before You Assign a Reading Log. This is definitely a good read. I don’t teach the young ones. But I would think twice after reading this article about reading logs. Thanks Pernille Ripp for pointing this out, great blog.

The 12 Characteristics of A Critical Thinker Teachers Should Be Aware of ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 12 Characteristics of A Critical Thinker Teachers Should Be Aware of ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  Thought the image was good resource for developing Critical Thinking assignments for student. I’ll keep these in mind as I develop my lessons. Check it out!

Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers. This is a good look at ThingLink which is a pretty cool tool. The guest blogger Shawn McCusker, really does a good job talking about how ThingLink can be used in the classroom. Gave me some ideas.

14 Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers

14 Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers. I know Bloom’s Taxonomy has changed over the years. Especially when looking at different types of teaching strategies such as Flipping the Classroom and Modeling. And you have probably seen many of these, but I thought some of them were unique and different. I’m using some of the suggestions for questions in my worksheets and assignments on my vodcasts. Something recommended by “Flipping by Kirch”. But most of all I’m making it a goal this year to ask at least 3 higher order thinking questions each class. Now just remembering to do this will be another goal.

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