Become “Wizer” with Wizer.me
Type of technology: Web-based
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: K-12
Subject area: Any
Being able to tell if students actually understand a lesson or topic is difficult, especially when you have 30+ kids in the class and most say “I’m fine” or “I don’t need help” when asked if they do (Students always seem to understand in class and then forget once they leave!). There are a lot of different online applications that can help you determine if students understand the material: Go Formative, Socrative, EdPuzzle, Nearpod, etc. During the CUE conference in Palm Springs (which was amazing and I highly recommend going!), I learned about a new formative (and sometimes summative) assessment tool called Wizer.me.
Think of Wizer as an interactive worksheet. You can add different tasks for students to do; can assign the worksheet to students via a link, Google Classroom, or Edmodo; can see how long it took students to complete the assignment; and can give feedback to students once they “hand in” the assignment. So let’s look at these different components that can help you give feedback to and about your students effectively, and save you time and paper in the process!
First, as always, make an account. Once you do, you will be redirected to your “homepage.” Here, you can choose to create your own worksheets, or, if you click “Explore” at the top of the page, you can search for worksheets that other teachers have made.
If you want to look at some worksheets before making your own, I recommend searching by category and looking at some worksheets to get an idea of what you can do. Some of the worksheets you can even copy and edit to make it your own and work for you and your students!
If you want to create a worksheet, there are so many options to choose from! First, you can select a pre-made design or create your own with the “DIY” option.
Once you choose your design, you can choose your task(s):
- Fill on an image – Upload any image you want and add little “bubbles” that students click on. You can have the students label different parts of the photo or describe what is happening in one section of a series of photos! Check out this example!
- Blanks – Have a body of text, say from notes you gave in class, and have students fill in blanks with the appropriate vocabulary words. Check out this example!
- Sorting -Have students sort different photos or vocabulary words into categories based on certain criteria. Check out this example or this one!
- Matching – Have students match a vocabulary word to its definition, a word to an example of it, match a person to their actions, etc., the possibilities are endless! Check out this example!
- Video – Embed a video for your students to watch and learn material from that you assess on the worksheet! Check out this example!
- Draw or Text– Have students use their mouse or finger to draw a diagram, write an equation, fill in a chart, etc., or have them type their answer to an open ended question. Check out this example for some of both!
- Table – Have students fill in missing parts of a table based on certain criteria, even provide a word bank that they can choose from! Check out this example!
As you can see, there are so many different ways to create your worksheet! And Wizer is adding more! On certain tasks, such as Multiple Choice, Matching, Sorting, Table, Fill on an image, Blanks, you can choose the correct answer. If you do that, when you assign the worksheet to your students, there is the option to provide automatic feedback once they submit the assignment. Wizer automatically assigns points to each question based on the number of blanks or matches there are, and you can always adjust the points, too. For example, sometimes you want each match to be worth 2 points, so you can change the total points when you are editing that question to 2. You can also assign the worksheet via Google Classroom, Edmodo, a link that you can put on NEO, or a pin number that students enter once they get to the website. You also have the option to shuffle the questions for each student, which definitely comes in handy if you are using Wizer for a test! But be careful, especially if students need to answer one question in order to answer the following (then don’t shuffle!).
After students work on the worksheet, they “hand” it in. At this point, you can see the students’ work, grade the questions that were not graded (if you used the Text or Draw options; you can also award partial points too! Just not decimals…), and give feedback to each student on each question.
Unfortunately, you cannot see the students’ work until the hand it in.
Bummer, I know… But that one drawback isn’t enough to keep me away! Why don’t you become “wizer” with Wizer.me too?!