Text What You Learned: Using Technology to Assess
Lesson Objective: Use texting to assess learning
Grades 9-12 / All Subjects / Word Clouds

Thought starters

  1. How does this strategy benefit both the teacher and the students?
  2. If all your students don't have cell phones, how could you adapt this strategy?
  3. What does using word clouds add to this strategy?
I love this idea. I think getting students to use technology (a skill that demonstrates their strength) in order to show off their learning helps to promote intrinsic motivation and stimulates them to build off of one another's ideas, as the ideas are presented. It is also an authentic formative assessment, which helps both the teachers and the students to see how they are progressing in the unit. What source do you use in order to have the students text in their responses?
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Love this concept. What is the program/app you use for the students to text their comments to? I'm familiar with word cloud app but not the text one.
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I love this, but what texting , feedback software or program are you using for this? Is it an app, I'd like to know that too! Thanks!
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I love this! I teach 7th grade language arts and I am always looking for ways to engage my students. I know this will go over extremely well with them. I've already signed up and created a few polls. I am planning to introduce this to my students as an alternate exit ticket. Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas!
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One quick comment to those asking about the program used...you should see the link to it on the right side of the screen. The sign-up was very easy and FREE.
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    Interviewer: All right, so you should have out your cell phones please. We’re gonna do a little texting this

    Interviewer: All right, so you should have out your cell phones please. We’re gonna do a little texting this morning.

    Usually we’re asking kids to put their cell phones away, but today I wanted them to use their cell phones to text in some formative assessment for me.

    Text to this number, 37607.

    Once they started to do that, up on the screen pops up all of these sentences about what they learned yesterday. A couple of neat things happened. First of all, the students all have this affirmation because they see their idea, their learning, very public for all of us. It’s anonymous, which is really nice in a context like this because students are then able to I think be very honest about what they did or didn’t learn.

    This has been really helpful for me because I know now exactly where we’re at, and the things that we can build on and the things I want to make sure to clarify. I want to turn this into a word cloud.

    And so within about 90 seconds, we’re able to take everything they texted, put it into a word cloud, and I can see very quickly what the overarching learning was yesterday.

    Yeah, we’re feeling pretty good about archetypes it looks like.

    This is also instant. I can walk around the room, and I can hand out papers. And at the same time I can be glancing up, and seeing what people are texting in. And so I am able to have a real clear sense of where the class is gonna go today.

    All right, so let’s kind of take this, and since you’re feeling really confident about archetypes, maybe we should start there.

    [End of Audio]

School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

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Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

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