In a time when teachers have to teach virtually or socially distanced, they are limited in their ability to monitor students as much as they need to. While they are busy with the challenges of new requirements and technologies, they can lose track of individual students and their issues. Distance learning with classes makes it hard to communicate and get feedback.
Luckily, many teaching tools specialize in tracking classes so you can find out how students are performing. With the smart sorting and filtering, you can pick out the students who are performing poorly and intervene to help them succeed. Here are some of the best tools you can use to monitor your students and visualize how they are performing in your classes.
Google Classroom is a popular training platform that integrates with Google Docs, Drive, and other Google apps. Teachers may give homework, grade it, and publish the results for the students to view. Teachers can build a class, add students, and post tasks to their calendars so they are visible just then. You can rate learners using clear rubrics so they can comprehend and analyze why their performance is good or bad. Google Classroom is suitable both for in-person and virtual instruction, as well as a hybrid model. You may provide feedback to your students and tailor each reply using previously saved templates.
ClassDojo is a tool that lets you register and track student behavior, then pass it on to students and parents. Teachers can record positive feedback, when a student performs well, giving them points in ClassDojo. Students will get notifications that will congratulate them on their hard work, so they will recognize their accomplishments and keep at it even when they don’t have the time to give full feedback in-person. You can identify areas to reward like teamwork, study skills, test performance, good manners, and other qualities. Any feedback you give about how your students behave can be reviewed for your purposes, brought up during parent meetings, or forwarded to administrators so you can demonstrate how you monitor your class behavior.
TeacherKit is an online tool as well as an iOS and Android app. It helps with classroom management tasks like taking attendance and grading assignments and makes it easier to process and share the information you collect to improve your class’s performance. You can let students and parents download a separate version of the app for them.
Edmodo is a platform for teachers who want to group their students so they can collaborate and work on projects together. You can share class materials from other platforms and send messages to single groups and members. The tool can be accessed from anywhere on multiple devices. Being able to connect students to other classroom tools expnds its flexibility, and its social features help students work together and support each other.
The Great Behavior Game is a tool targeted at K-6 students that turns tracking class behavior into a fun activity. Enter your class into the browser-based app, project it on a board or display it on a screen, then let students earn points as the day goes on or manually add points for good behavior. You can enforce discipline by putting students in time-out where they can’t earn points until the time expires or freeze them so they can’t earn points until you activate them again. It can support up to three class rosters.
Tracking class performance and behavior is harder now when you can’t rely on traditional methods due to the confusion of distance learning, but tools like these can simplify your job as a teacher.