Study Buddy Smash
Type of technology: App
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: Upper Elementary thru High School
Subject area: All
Go Smash it With a Study Buddy!
When reviewing for exams, the teacher can go back over material much like they did when introducing the information, or they can take a little time and create a study buddy by app smashing (two or more apps used together).
In 1999 I wrote my Master’s Thesis on assessment. At that time computers in education were still mostly glorified word processors. There were many ways to review and check for understanding, but giving immediate feedback on an individual basis was difficult if not impossible for written responses. I previously reviewed for a test by giving a study guide, giving a worksheet, or going over material lecture style. Most students found this method of review pretty boring. So I decided it was time for a change.
I gave the students a review sheet but digitized a section. I created an interactive study guide with videos, images, and questions. The result was awesome! Students were engaged, and I was able to give immediate feedback to individual students who still had misconceptions even after the review. By using the apps Goformative and Quizizz, my time could be spent looking over what the students were writing. Go Formative allows for the teacher to ask questions and see all of the students responses real-time on the teacher’s screen. By allowing me to embed videos and images, students spent their time reviewing the material and then responding under my watchful eye. I would respond to individuals by sending them a message in Go Formative. When I noticed many students making the same errors, I would stop the class and do a quick mini-lesson addressing the mistakes.
At the end of the study session the students clicked a link taking them to the app Quizizz where they answered questions very much like the ones on the final. They are given instant feedback and I was able to see the percentages of each answer made by my class as well as the answer each student gave on each question, thus further adding to my ability to make corrections in information before the final. Best of all, this virtual study guide is available to students as long as they have internet access. Maybe their phones are a good thing?