Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 14- iPad Apps for Assessment


I am a music teacher, so I am constantly looking for tech tools that engage my students, and give them a hands on approach to music theory and music practice in Elementary school.  I have found a few iPad apps that really help me get a base-line assessment on my students in rhythm reading, fluency of playing, and musicality. I've also created my own using Google forms, and save the link to my home page.  This allows me to take each Music standard and create a plan of action for each child in my classroom.

These are a few of the apps I found for music assessment.  

Rhythm Cat is free with a paid for higher levels version that the kids tap the beat to.  It gives stars kind of like Angry Birds.  The kids try to get their own best score, and I can observe them playing a rhythm! 

A full review of this app can be found at ColorInMyPiano.com.  Joy Morin is a pianist and piano teacher with great passion and dedication for helping her students experience the wonders of music making. She has over seven years of teaching experience and holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy. Joy maintains a blog about piano teaching at ColorInMyPiano.com.


Dust Buster Piano is a piano practice app that I use to observe fluency and ability to follow along with early music reading.  With many levels and cute graphics, kids can play to the familiar songs, as they gain confidence and fluency, just like reading a favorite book.  

A full review of this app can be found at http://www.tech4mommies.com/2012/04/piano-dust-buster-app-review/.





These are some other apps for assessment that I found:


IEP Pal Free - A great tool to have at your fingertips when you need to track IEP goals for your students. It allows you to input relevant data so you can keep track of your student’s goals. Additionally, it now allows you to record individual notes while tracking student progress.
K12 timed Reading $1.99 - Fluency app. It allows more than one student levels K-4th grade. improving fluency allows readers to read smoothly and quickly so they can focus on comprehension rather than on decoding words.

Nearpod -  an app that allows teachers to log in and students to use a code to access the same material as the teacher on another IOS device.
Google doc teacher evaluation template- Add this to your Drive as a template to evaluate teachers.

For this post, my question is what apps for assessment are you using in your classroom or building and how are you using them...with small groups, large groups, or individual students?  What subjects are you finding more resources in, and how do you see us using them in the future?

The next question is how to record the information, do you use a Google doc to make a spreadsheet, or fill out a form as the kids take their turn, and how do you mark their progress?  Do you assess each standard, or skill, and how?

If you don't have an iPad yet, what web applications have you found for assessment?

 

28 comments:

  1. I am seriously thinking of buying a piano and an Ipad just to play the dust buster game. I took piano when I was younger and I regret dropping it. I wonder if the real piano version actually grades you based on the sound the piano makes or just shows you what to play?

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  2. I have some more apps to add. Look for Timed ReadingK12, Reading Comprehension and Grade Level Skills from Visual Arts Learning.

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  3. I have heard of some of these, but not others. In terms of assessment, I am not really using any apps yet. I am interested in peeking into a few of the fluency and more generalized assessment apps you suggested--thanks for the tools!

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  4. I do not have an iPad. I actually in general dislike Apple. However, there is one app that is only available for the iPad (at the moment, they mention in FAQs they are working on an app for Android platform) that I really, really, REALLY want to use. It's called ShowMe. I've found several Latin lessons on it already. I teach level 2 and 3 at the same time, and I spend much more time with Latin II because they are the larger group and really just much more needy. I feel badly about it because it means Latin III has to fend for itself most of the time. However, I could teach Latin III simultaneously by creating a lesson on ShowMe, have them watch it on their netbooks, and still teach Latin II. I borrowed a co-teacher's iPad to play around on it, and it is sooo awesome. Unfortunately, iPads are simply too overly expensive so I will most likely never own one.

    Re-reading the actual question, I realize I didn't answer it. I don't use apps for assessment. I teach Latin. It's really hard to find apps for that because it usually pops up "Latin America" or some variant. If anyone can think of a better search term, I would appreciate it. ^.^

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    1. "Latin Language"? Just a suggestion!

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    2. Thanks! I'll give it a try!

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  5. CHEMISTRY TEACHERS - CHECK THIS OUT :)

    I don't use the ipad in my classroom for anything other than letting kids have internet access. I do however loooovvvvveeeeee the web application chemthink.com . If you are a chemistry or ICP teacher and haven't tried this yet - you are missing out. It is awesome. You set up a teacher account, and students are given a code so they can be linked with your account. There are *interactive* tutorials that allow kids do see bonding and rotate ionic compounds. There are also question sets after each tutorial - they are multiple choice questions but some are very challenging. I recommend checking it out - the 'particulate nature of matter' and both bonding tutorials/question sets are my favorite!

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  6. I don't use apps for assessment yet sine I only have 1 ipad for my classroom and my classes are 1:1 on netbooks. I am starting to let them use my iPad for creation apps--but haven't used any assessments yet.

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  7. I don't have an Ipad and I don't own anything that uses apps. I have computers with internet at my disposal. Can computers use apps? I like to use khanacademy.org for the practice it offers or coolmath.com. They both generate questions for students to answer and have tutorial available if the problem is answered incorrectly. At the high school level, we also have Acuity as an assessment tool.

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  8. I don't have an ipad yet. The only program I would say that I am currently using for assessment is Achieve 3000. I do love using that for reading assessment. When I do get an ipad, I would love to check out that IEP app. That sounds like a great tool.

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  9. Like mnay others, I don't have an IPAD (hoping to win this one!!); I use apps for fun at home on my kindle fire; but again they are for fun for my family. I have been saving different apps for that "just in case" on Pinterest. Sites I use in class are more for game like atmosphere not assessment. Assessments for classroom use in my class are project based, paper/pencil, ECA, and will eventually move into PARCC. For 1:1 with the netbooks, I use My Big Campus to do some assessments to get instant scoring.
    Does anyone know if we will be moving towards IPADS in the future instead of netbooks?

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    1. There are supposedly kindle apps for education, and I was told there is a My Big Campus Bundle about Kindle Apps!

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    2. @ Leah,
      In the EVSC, conversations regarding further options for 1:1 implementation are happening throughout the year. Feel free to voice your opinion on device suggestions to your administration and or the Technology department in the EVSC.

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  10. I have only used my iPad for behavior assessment using Class Dojo. The kids absolutely love that! I don't, however, take the behavior data and record it into a spreadsheet or something similar.

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  11. In terms of asessment, I use my iPad to assess DIBELS, TRC, and BURST. I do, however, use the Magnetic Alphabet app with my small group every day. I can't imagine my small groups without it!

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  12. I generally use google forms for my assessments. I also use a few different apps on my board like Staff Wars. It is a game that tests a student's ability to identify notes on a music staff.

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  13. I do not have an iPad, but, as many other teachers who have replied, my classroom has 1:1 netbooks. We use the netbooks almost exclusively in class to deliver content; conduct student polls; submit, evaluate, and return work; and link to the many websites we incorporate into our class activities. For assessment, we use the assessment feature on ANGEL and occasionally ProProf.

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  14. While I won the IPAD last year it is only one but one is better than none! I use it to connect with my board to show aps and we play that way. I also use it as a wireless connector for my board using DOCERI so I have control of the board while walking around the room and this comes in very handy. I have also had students take pictures with it around the building let's say of shapes or a topic we are working on and then I can see if they understood the concept. I usually keep track of things like that in a word, excel or google doc. Many of the aps I have are for reading or math. We use scootpad.com to track progress of students that practice math and reading skills. We also have Star Reading to track students' progress of reading levels. Our 6th grade use Achieve 3000 to track progress. One app my 9th grader uses is Que Onda which helps her practice her Spanish skills and tracks how she is doing. I am teaching 4th grade Science and Social Studies this year and have yet to find some really good apps for that. If anyone has any I would love to hear about them.

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  15. I do not have an iPad, and am not really using any apps for assessment. I generally will make a spreadsheet to record students' scores as they present to the class or as I grade projects.

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  16. Don't have a set of iPads for the classroom, but continue to dream of one! I would love for the elementary schools to move towards 1:1 classrooms with iPads rather than netbooks! I think they are so much easier for kids to navigate! Sorry, off topic!

    I had 1 iPad in my classroom last year, not this year. I sometimes even use a few apps on my iPhone to use in the classroom. My 2 favorite ones for classroom management are Class Dojo and Inside Voice. Great ones!

    I don't really have any I use specifically for assessment, but I do love Math Bingo, Rocket Math, and Hangman!

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  17. I don't have an ipad and am not using any online assessmnents for my math classes. If anyone knows of any good ones that can be used without an ipad, I'd be interested in trying them.

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  18. I do not have an ipad and do not use any apps for assessing my students. It would be really nice if I had some reading apps to use with my 6th and 7th grade students to help with reading fluency and comprehension. Most apps that I have seen are for the lower grades, but our older students need just as much practice and evaluation as the lower students do. If anyone knows of things for older students the help would be much appreciated.

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  19. I'm so blessed to work in a school with an amazing PTA, and they have recently raised enough money to buy our school a set of iPads. I can't wait for them to arrive!

    Great sources of techie tools for iPad use in the classroom are Twitter and the ISTE site. Those are two tools that have provided lots of research, etc.

    I can't wait to see my students get their hands on them!

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  20. Good to see your post! thanks for this ipad2 applications.

    angry birds ipad 2 case

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  21. Fun Programs! Thanks for sharing with us these great sites. I will defintely share with our music teacher at my school.

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  22. I also don't use apps for assessment, although I did use one to modify an assignment for a special ed student, so they could have everything at their fingertips rather than have to hunt for it on a computer. It is easier for some things...If we do get classroom sets someday, I will definitely be looking into easy ways for the kids to share their files with me...A shared dropbox folder? I don't know!

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  23. Here is a great way to get your elementary music grading and reporting done during school hours with your iPad! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Elementary-Music-Assessment-App-for-iPad-iPad-Mini-2044544

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  24. Here is a great way to get your elementary music grading and reporting done during school hours with your iPad! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Elementary-Music-Assessment-App-for-iPad-iPad-Mini-2044544

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