"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." Maya Angelou
With so many options for reviewing material it can be challenging to identify the things that might work best for you and your students. The following tools will help you review content and collect data from your students while having some fun in the process. These tools are most easily used in one-to-one environments such as classes with netbook carts, or in libraries and computer labs.
Kahoot has been a major hit this year. It's free, easy to set up, fun to play, and it's great at collecting data to help inform your instruction. It's best leveraged in a one-to-one setting in which all students can see a Smartboard, screen, or tv being used as a monitor. Students and adults often find themselves becoming very competitive as scores are shown on the leader board after each question. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy. A color coded Excel spreadsheet of the results can be downloaded after the review game has been played. People really do love Kahoot.
A recent entry into this space, Quizizz looks very promising. It has appealed to teachers attending the spring technology strand at the high school so much that when given a choice to use a number of free online services, many chose to make a Quizizz game for their class. Quizizz, like Kahoot, scores on speed and accuracy. A spreadsheet of color coded data can also be exported after an assessment is given. What appeals to many of the teachers is that the review game happens entirely on the players' screens. They don't have to keep looking up as they move from question to question as they would with Kahoot. To a degree this allows players to move at their own pace. Quizizz also incorporates many familiar and popular memes to add to the fun of using it.
Socrative is another free and easy-to-use tool that allows teachers to collect data in the form of an item analysis while competing with classmates. There are several ways Socrative can be used/played. For review, I suggest trying the rocket ship game. Similarly to Quizizz, the review game happens entirely on players' screens and they are able to move at their own pace.
If you need any help getting going with any of these tools, please let me know and I'll be happy to assist you.