Dr. Rebecca Smith of UP’s School of Education decided to make assessments more fun. How? By having her MAT students take quizzes. What, that doesn’t sound fun to you?
Ah, but these are not your grandmother’s quizzes. Using quiz making apps like Socrative and Kahoot takes quiz making to the next level with fun interactive features that promote collaborative learning. Dr. Smith invites her students to a recurring Appy Hour where they get to take a quiz with a new app and experience the tool first like their K-12 students would. Then they learn how to create a quiz using that app so they can use it in their own classrooms.
“You have to accept that we’re in the technology world,” Dr. Smith said. “Kids are on their phones and computers all the time inside and outside the classroom. I really believe we have to say these tools can be used for learning also.”
Appy Hour has been a big hit. Students even started bringing appetizers. (Get it? Apps for Appy Hour). They also share new apps with their peers when they find ones they think will be a good learning tool.
In this podcast, Dr. Smith explains how she keeps Appy Hour fun and fresh. Learn more about this innovative, engaging idea.
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UP TechTalk is a bi-monthly podcast with cohosts Ben Kahn and Maria Erb of Academic Technology Services and Innovation at UP that explores the use of technology in the classroom, one conversation at a time.