Google Sites, Apps and Socrative for measuring learner progress

One the of challenges faced by many ‘Teachers’ is how best to evidence learning (the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught) or progress made. Progress as a definition is “Forward or onward movement toward a destination.” however in an educational sense this is often applied to academic progress. The Ofsted CIF (2012) suggests ‘staff initially assess learners’ starting points and monitor their progress, set challenging tasks, and build on and extend learning for all learners’.

Today i attempted to use technology to support the tracking of progress made against standards, and to improve the timeliness of feedback in a class setting. Using Google Sites I created a ‘Lesson‘ which included a knowledge section, a range of activities (including extension activities), embedded media (video, podcasts, publications), and clear success criteria. At the end of the lesson section i embedded a Socrative Quiz. This was a short 8 question method of assessment for learning, used to check understanding on completion of the task. Learners were provided with a set of instructions and were tasked to complete the lesson and quiz within 1 hour. A crib sheet was provided for them to make notes and also record any questions they may have as they work through the resource. Individuals who completed the activities set were targeted to complete the extension activities as appropriate.

The images below aim to demonstrate some of the key impact measures of this technique. Firstly the Google Site is public although you could restrict this to your local domain if required, either way this allows individuals who missed the session or need to review aspects of the lesson a chance to do so 24/7. Using the Google iframe i was able to embed the m.socrative link within the site and simply provide the room number for students to enter. As learners worked through the quiz i was able to track live progress to see who was engaging with the assessment. I was able to share this live view with the group as learner ID numbers were used and therefore individuals scores were not identifiable to their peers. After each question learners received instant feedback as to whether they answered it correctly. This is especially important in a world where games consoles provide instant feedback yet educational establishments can take several weeks to mark learner work!

On completion, I was able to download the automated report which had built in conditional formatting, thus i was able to see during the lesson which learners had answered which questions correctly and use this information to target individual students.

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One response to “Google Sites, Apps and Socrative for measuring learner progress”

  1. jonnywathen says :

    I was recently asked to comment on the benefits of this approach aside from the automated marking. Here are a few of my thoughts and impact measures from the past couple of weeks. Let me know if you have had any other successes….

    1) Using the ‘explanation’ feature on socrative I was able to provide instant feedback to students as they progressed through the quiz. Some individuals were able to utilise the information to inform their next steps in terms of revision/review.

    2) In addition to the above I was able to recognise trends where the group maybe needed further learning activities/focus on particular themes/topics and could use the data to inform personalised and group targeted interventions.

    3) During observations observers can see the progress data live in session which can be used to inform their judgements

    4) Improved accessibility as the module can be accessed anywhere and any time, which should support learning outside / beyond the classroom.

    5) The resource was created using Google Sites and therefore is collaborative and can be shared with others to further develop or enhance.

    6) Goo.gl URL shortener provided me with detailed Analytics of who was accessing the link at what time of day and from what device/location.

    Challenges
    1) Socrative only allowed one quiz to be running at any one time therefore individuals who had missed the first session were unable to access quiz 1 whilst the group were completing quiz 2. I guess one way around this would be to create multiple accounts.

    2) Local Webfiltering blocked some of the other features such as i frames that I had used such as visibletweets.

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