With the increasingly important presence of the Internet in every field of learning, it is understandable that teachers all over are looking for ways to make the learning experience richer and more engaging for their students.
One of the best ways to accomplish this, of course, is to get students more involved with the subjects they are learning, and there is no better way to do this than to actively engage them through interactive content, collaboration on assignments and such, all easily accessible online and through their favorite devices.
That considered, here is a quick look at a few of the best websites that teachers can use to create online assessments.
Created by MIT graduates, Socrative is an assessment-building and testing online tool that helps teachers test students and evaluate their performance from several devices as long as they have internet access. The service is available for free via any web browser and also has full-featured iOS and Android apps.
Teachers can create an account in Socrative and then interact with students by creating questionnaires, quizzes and even polls. The creation of online assessments is fairly simple, as is the way in which students can access and respond to them.
Teachers are also free to create any type of question, including multiple choice or free-response ones. They can choose to provide students with instant feedback for each question, which is a great feature to help students notice their mistakes.
One of Socrative’s greatest and most useful features, though, is the option to access a detailed report of the students’ performance via either email or download after the teacher ends the assessment. This report comes in the form of an Excel file with detailed information about each student’s responses, even color-coded for easier reading.
Touted as “A free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing”, ThatQuiz focuses on simplicity and ease of use, which makes it a very compelling alternative for teachers who might want to start assessing their students online but who don’t want to use more full-featured services yet.
The website allows teachers to create quizzes in different subjects, including math, science, vocabulary, geography and more. Each of the sections is divided into several categories, so all major topics are covered.
Some of the standout features of ThatQuiz are the options for teachers to control the time, length, and difficulty level of their quizzes.
The service also requires only teachers to sign in for a free account, and students can access their tests by redeeming Test Codes sent to the them.
Other nice features of ThatQuiz are its support for various languages, including English, Spanish, Polish, Slovenian, French Catalan and even Hebrew and Chinese. Also, the website offers any visitor open access to a public test library, which students (and teachers) can use to practice and learn.
And we are done for today. If you are a teacher or a student and want to take your teaching/learning experience to a new level, any of these tools will help you do that. Best of all, you won’t even need to leave your computer.
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