Ed Tech Tips: Wizer


Ed Tech Tips - Wizer

This edition of #TechTipTuesday is coming at you on Wednesday. I have been swamped with grading and wasn’t able to get this completed and pushed out yesterday. Anyhow, here’s another #EdTech tool you can add to your teacher toolkit.

I have seen many inquiries for ways to use traditional worksheets in the current remote teaching format. I would typically respond to these requests with the question, “is a traditional worksheet the best method for teaching or promoting student learning?” The term worksheet can have some negative connotations. I would encourage you to check out the “Frickin’ Packets” blog post from the Cult of Pedagogy. The author does a great job of explaining that the main criticisms of worksheets are often directed at a specific kind of worksheet; one she calls a ‘busysheet’. She goes on to describe a continuum that worksheets fall on. The low-level end classified as ‘busysheets’, and the higher-order, quality learning tool classified as ‘powersheet’.

Have you determined that a ‘worksheet’ is appropriate for your situation and want to include interactive components to assist in moving it toward the higher end of the worksheet continuum? Then check out Wizer!

Wizer is a platform for creating interactive worksheets or adding interactive elements to existing worksheets and is available for free or on a subscription plan. You can include audio, video, images, and several question types to make your worksheets more engaging. Worksheets can be created from scratch or remixed from an existing community worksheet. A few features are locked behind the subscription plan. One feature worth checking out behind the subscription is the ability for teachers to differentiate worksheets based on learner profiles.

Getting started is easy. Follow these steps:
  1. Create a ‘Teacher’ account at https://wizer.me/
  2. Select the ‘Learners’ tab and create a class
  3. Click ‘Create Worksheet’
  4. Name the worksheet
  5. Create tags (e.g., science)
  6. Select a background design
  7. Add tasks (question types)
  8. Sorting, drawing, reflection question, etc.
  9. Assign via the ‘Class’ or by URL to Google Classroom
Check out the Ed Tech Tips one-pager for more ideas and step-by-step instructions for getting started.



Go forth and create! Take learning to the next level!

OP McCubbins
@opmccubbins

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