Friday, October 28, 2011

12 Ways to Create Quizzes and Tests for Free

 With budgets being cut left and right, teachers are trying to find ways to administer quizzes and tests without exceeding their copy limit at school. (A ream of paper for the entire year??) I'll admit that it's hard to find a lot of truly "free" programs online which offer grading and statistics. My list also includes a survey app which can also be used for small quizzes. (20 question limit with free account)


If you have any suggestions, please share them.

Easy TestMaker - create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test
eQuizzer-web-based quizzing program
FreeOnlineSurveys- create a test with up to 20 questions
GoogleDocs- here is a sample test
Create a Quiz Using Google Forms- from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers





How to Create a Quiz with Excel
MasterTestcreate online tests as well as download and take the test without connecting to the Internet
QuizStar -Manage classes and quizzes, attach multimedia files to questions, make quizzes in multiple languages
ProProfs Quizmaker- Create tests & exams. Distribute securely with automatic grading & reporting.
TestmozGenerate automatically graded online tests with 4 questions types
That Quiz- find math, science vocabulary and geography quizzes;you receive complete test results including all grades and wrong answers.
Wondershare Quizcreator Free- download required
Zoho Challenge- 100 test papers/month, tests are always public, 1 question bank

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

All About Podcasting: 82 Sites Which Will Show You Everything You Need to Know

ABOUT PODCASTING
Apple in Education Podcast Guide
Beginner's Guide to Podcast Creation
How Podcasting Works- from How Stuff Works

How to Create Your Own Podcast- step-by-step tutorial
How to Podcast- Audacity tutorials
Making a Podcast- using iTunes to create a podcast
Podcasting- explained by K12 Handhelds
Podcasting Basics- from Teaching Today
Podcasting in the Classroom- includes guide, iPods in education, a large list of resources for creating podcasts in the classroom and more
Podcasting Legal Guide- from Creative Commons
Podcasting: Tips for Teachers
Podcasting Tools- instructions on how to produce a podcast
Poducate Me- "HowTto" guide is downloadable as a pdf

PODCASTING TOOLS
Audacity- free cross-platform sound editor
Blubrry- podcast community and directory; hosting
Evoca- create and share digital voice recordings 
Gabcast- record and post to your blog or website
MyPodcast.com- free podcast hosting and directory
PodBean-"407,908 PODCASTERS, 1,880,627 EPISODES, 178,593,437 DOWNLOADS AS OF TODAY."
Podomatic- create or listen to podcasts
ART AND MUSIC
Art History- produced by LearnOutLoud, this podcast is narrated by Antonia Bath. Each podcast is about 2-6 minutes long.
Museum Podcasts- Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Gallery of Art Podcasts
Pandora Podcast Series



BOOKS
Barnes and Noble Studio- video podcasts with writers
Book Lust- Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl interviews writers
Book Review- The New York Times
Books Available as Podcasts
Bookworm- showcases writers of fiction and poetry
Fireside Book Chat-"books for teens; reviews by teens"
Librivox- books in the public domain; very extensive list includes Shakespeare, Dickens, Aesop and Verne
The NewYork Review of Books
NPR Books
The Penguin Podcast-Penguin Books
Podiobooks-from fantasy to fiction, this site has loads of FREE books you can listen to in your spare time

Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
Slate's Audio Book Club


LANGUAGE ARTS
Booktalks- new and old books are covered here, as hosted by media specialist Nancy Keane
Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing- tips are 5-10 minutes; most topics are requested by listeners

Podcasting in Language Arts- ideas for the classroom
Podcasts in Language Arts
ShakespeareCast- the complete works of William Shakespeare, performed by the Los Medanos College, Antioch Classical Theatre Company and Antioch High School. 

What Should You Teach Your Students About Communicating Digitally?


MATH
Chisholm Math Minutes- podcasts from 8th grade teacher Mrs. Penner 
Classroom Professor Math Podcast-  sample podcast: Math in the Cemetery, Where is Zero on Earth?
Dan's Math Cast-for high school juniors and seniors, this podcast is produced by math professor Dan Bach; well done!
How to Integrate Podcasting into Science and Math Classes  
Math Podcasts- 6th grade student podcasts
Technology in the Math Classroom 
Using Podcast to Teach Math


PODCAST DIRECTORIES
Digital Podcast- around 40 categories
The Education Podcast Network- K-12 with 15 categories
Find Education Podcasts- list covers professional development podcasts, education podcasts
Podcast.com- podcasts from CNN, Grammar Girl, The Public Speaker, Yale University, Edutopia and much more
Podcast Alley
PodcastDirectory.org
PodFeed- 19,000 podcasts


SCIENCE
Discovery Network Podcasts- you'll find Science Channel Video, Animal Planet Presents and Discovery Channel Video
Hidden Universe- episodes are 5 minutes long and transcripts are available; this podcast is presented by the Spitzer Space Telescope

How to Integrate Podcasting into Science and Math Classes 
Ideas for Podcasting in the Classroom
NASA Podcasts- for 9-12th graders
Podcasting in the Middle School Science Classroom
The Wild Classroom- biology podcasts


SOCIAL STUDIES
Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt- 15 chapters
Colonial Williamsburg
Medieval Studies

Mr. Carmichael's Social Studies Podcasts- covers American history, world geography and world history
Podcast Central: Social Studies- for middle school teachers
Room 613 Talk- 6th grade social studies class
Social Studies Podcasts- includes Free Speech vs Privacy, Digitizing History
Using "Easy" Podcasting in the Social Studies Curriculum

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