I was looking through my blog posts and was surprised to find that I had not shared my favorite tool. Using this tool can revolutionize your classroom.
How many of you would love to know if what students were supposed to learn today was actually learned? How many of you would love to know if students actually read the assigned reading the night before? How many of you would love to know if students are actually listening while you are talking? Well, I have a way for you to gather that information.
Gradecam.com is an excellent resource for the classroom teacher. The free version allows teachers up to 10 question choices.
Teachers Have the Power with GradeCam from GradeCam on Vimeo.
- Exit Tickets
- At the end of class, have prepared questions for students based on what was supposed to be learned during class.
- If you have a laptop or document camera setup, students can scan their documents when they are finished.
- The teacher will know immediately if they students understand the concepts from the day by reviewing the reports.
- If there was an area of weakness, the concept can be reviewed the next day.
- Entrance Tickets
- As students enter the room, the teacher is standing at the door handing out the Gradecam sheets.
- The questions can be written on the board over the reading or the homework from the previous day.
- As students finish, they scan the results.
- All of this can be taking place during the passing period and while the teacher is taking attendance - no more wasted 5 minutes of class.
- The teacher then reviews the reports and based on the results determines what the student will be doing for the day.
- Using Gradecam allows differentiation and increases engagement for all students.
- Active Listening
- Handout Gradecam sheets at the beginning of class.
- As the teacher and students are working through the class period, the teacher can ask a question that is related to what they are learning.
- The questions do not have to be prepared before hand.
- The teacher would have a Gradecam sheet that they fill out with the students as the key.
- At the end of class, the teacher collects the Gradecam sheets, scans in their key, and then grades the students work.
- This increases student accountability.
There are a sundry of instructional videos on YouTube for Gradecam. However, if you have a specific question or can't find what you are looking for, leave a comment and I will post a video to help you get started.
Hope you learned something new and enjoy Integrating Technology One Byte at a Time.