I use Classtime in three important ways.
- It is a fantastic tool for preparing students for high-stakes testing. It provides teachers with easy-to-use tools that help them make a myriad of question types such as multiple correct answers, highlightable text, table questions, hot spot questions, etc. It allows early elementary teachers to input videos and add audio files so kids can have the questions read to them.
- During distance learning, it has been a tremendous tool for delivering online lessons using direct instruction. I can deliver the beginning of the lesson using my Google Slides deck and then send them to Classtime where I can immediately check for understanding. As students answer questions, I can see them answer in realtime. I can also send private messages to each student via Classtime's chat. Many teachers have difficulty holding their students accountable via computer but Classtime allows them to immediately check and see who is participating in the lesson.
- It is one of the only sites that mixes testing with engagement with their animations and puzzles.
- It has three different types of engagement activities for students as they are answering questions.
- It gives immediate data that can be acted upon.
- It is easy to find materials to use in their library with their search engine.
- It is very easy to include multimedia material like images, gifs, videos, and audio files.
- The test-making interface is extremely easy to use.
- It is easy to print out data that can be used to analyze with a grade-level team or with parents.
- It has a Google, Microsoft, and Clever interface, making it easy for students to access.
- It needs to expand its library of usable question sets.
- Distance learning for formative assessment
- In-class quizzes
- Tickets out the door to check on the day's understanding
- Grade-level common assessments
- High-stakes test prep