The days of tried-and-tested classroom quizzes are getting shaken up. Thanks to education technology, we’re seeing a massive influx of entertaining yet useful apps and web tools that make quizzes a bit more engaging. These teacher tools are changing how classrooms operate, how results are measured, and how effective lessons can be.
Besides, who wouldn’t like taking a quiz on an iPad rather than with a pencil and paper? I’m envious of today’s students, to be honest.
In any case, identifying which teacher tools work best is tough. It’s actually close to impossible because of student and teacher is different. We’re all human so we all have unique needs and desires. For example, I lose focus on paper-based quizzes but have a longer attention span with quizzes delivered via either laptop or tablet. I’m guessing this is the case for many others but not all.
Since there really is now singular ‘perfect’ app, let’s take a look at some of the options that are quite good. They are not all perfect for you. Don’t be fooled by anyone claiming their app is perfect for you or anyone else. Spoiler alert: it’s not perfect. It’s probably good enough for many people but you need something unique to you. Therein lies the problem.
Criteria For Choosing The Best Teacher Tools
So how do we go about choosing the best teacher tools for a particular teacher, classroom, or student? I’d recommend examining your needs before even looking at a list of the best options.
- Consider what works in your particular classroom
- What works for most of your students
- What your students have requested
- What kind of technology you have
- If there’s Wi-Fi (some apps require always-on connectivity)
- What the ideal app or web tool would look like to you.
These are just a few basic questions to ask yourself before choosing any of the below. Once you do examine those questions, be sure to breeze through this list and check out if any of the options seem like a solid fit.
While this list is focused on classroom quizzes, remember that the selection criteria and questions above work for most apps and web tools. We’ll be bringing you a regular set of interesting tools and resources for education here on Daily Genius – so follow @DailyGenius or like us on Facebook to hear about when each set of resources is released!