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Too Cool for School, Working Those Tools!

Location: W183c

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 2:45–3:45 pm
Location: W183c

Geri Coats  
So many tools! What to use? This session will show you which tools do what, and how to best implement them in your classroom to engage your students and make your life easier. Includes some old favorites and some new kids on the block!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Possible tools will include Google Drive, Formative (GoFormative), kahoot, quizziz, edpuzzle, turnitin, Canvas, Remind, YouTube, Sway, etc. This list may grow/shrink/change.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With the onset of CCSS, teachers have more to do with less time to get it done. Teachers need to assess students quickly in order to make decisions about next steps.

Various online assessments allow teachers to assess their students quickly. These assessments are easy to grade, and retrieve individual and whole class data quickly in a matter of minutes instead of hours. In simple terms, the teacher can realign his/her target and focus on what/how to teach the content.

Being able to use online assessments with your students and gather information quickly means that you can act on it quickly to resolve misunderstandings, fill in gaps, or speed up your delivery. If assessments take a day or two to grade, that is just too long for it to get back to students for them to reap the benefits of on-the-spot correction or praise. Two days later, is too late to ask, “What were you thinking when you answered that question?” but with the tools that will be shared, you can ask before they leave the room, or even sometimes, before they finish the next question.

Beyond speed in getting feedback and ability to help students make changes, there are times that summative assessments are needed as well. An assessment that corrects itself gives teachers’ more time to do what’s important: teach!

Tools included allow teachers latitude in various question types from multiple choice to drawing a picture, extended response and more (including formal essays). This opens the usability of these tools up to practitioners at all levels, way beyond the standard (and often unreliable) multiple choice! Different assessment tools have different attributes that make them fit better in one classroom or another. This is why knowing the range of tools is important in order to choose the right tool for the job.

Tools included:
Google forms

List of tools subject to change


For each tool that is included in the presentation, the presenter will have them take an assessment as a student; review the data that is collected, and the steps to creating an assessment and getting it to students.

In previous iteration of this presentation, each tool was allotted approximately 10 minutes. However, the presenter will adjust as needed for the audience in the room.

The presenter ends with a self assessment (via online tool) and reminding participants to log into the iste app to provide feedback as well.

Supporting research

Tucker, Catlin. “Favorite Web Tools.”, 8 Jan. 2017,

eAreTeachers Staff on December 1, 2015. “12 Ways to Use Kahoot! in Your Classroom.” WeAreTeachers, 20 July 2017,

“30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet for Teachers and Students.” BookWidgets Blog,

Miller, Matt. “Game Show Classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize.” Ditch That Textbook, 4 Aug. 2017,

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Geri Coats, Ernest Righetti High School District

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