iPads for Assessment

For the past two terms I’ve been using ShowMe and ExplainEverything as an assessment tool in Maths.

Pupils take an iPad and work to produce a short presentation that teaches a specific Maths skill.

At first they were really self conscious about making them but now it’s becoming part of our normal classroom routine.

The finished products serve three purposes.

First, they provide a really good overview of whether a pupil has understood a concept.

Secondly, some of the presentations can be used as a teaching tool for other pupils.

Thirdly, we sometimes listen to and watch presentation and then give feedback on things that were done really well and areas for improvement.

The Wonder of Wunderlist

wunderlistI like lists.
I really like Wunderlist.

In the old days I used to write them in the many many notebooks that I used to buy.

That must be a family thing because when I visited my sister recently she had a huge pile of pristine beautiful stationery stacked neatly in her spare room.

I’ve tried lots of different list apps. In the pre-app era I used to use tada lists a lot.

I liked Astrid and dabbled with various other apps before finding and sticking with Wunderlist.

Everything about it is neat and well ordered. You can make lists within lists, share lists, set reminders and even add lists to an inbox to prioritise them.

You can use it on your phone, macbook and iPad and it synchronises seamlessly.

For a while I’ve been thinking about how to use Wunderlist in the classroom and after a few trials and errors I’ve come up with a way that worked well for me.

I have my account set up on my iPad/iPhone/Mac and then have a different account set up on the pupil iPads.

I then create a list on my Wunderlist account.

Useful lists have been success criteria for a lesson, steps needed to complete a task and a set of challenges that need completing.

I then share this list with the pupil account – as soon as it is accepted it appears on all the pupil iPads.

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You can use this in a number of ways

  • One list for everyone – in this instance ask the pupils not to tick the boxes but use the list as a reference point
  • Individual names lists for groups or pupils – they can then tick off the list items as they achieve them.
  • Or you could do it the other way around where pupils compile as list as they work through a task and then at they end they share it with you.

Of course, if you don’t want to use Wunderlist yourself you only need one account to do this but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to use it for yourself.