Lesson Planning with Microsoft: Assessing the Lesson!


The best crafted lesson plans, to paraphrase Robert Burns, often go awry, unless we assess as we teach.

In my Teachers College Tech 290 class, I had a feeling my class of student teachers were a little overwhelmed with all the information I’d been sharing. How could I get a quick picture of what they had learned and what they might have missed? With only 30 minutes before class began, I quickly created a Microsoft Forms assessment asking key questions about the material we had covered so far.

When my class arrived, they used the handy QR code generated by Forms to access and take the survey. Watching their results come up in real time sparked an organic conversation in which the smartest person in the room was, as usual, the room. The group helped each other review what had already been covered and discover what each person had somehow missed.

What a great way to both assess effectiveness of my lessons, create a spontaneous review that allowed everyone to find out what they were missing AND give me more time to craft the next lesson!

This is the second in a series of blogs is about how best to harness the power of Microsoft tools for lesson planning. (The first was: Lesson Planning with Microsoft: Introducing the Lesson!) In this series, I explore best practices, pedagogical applications and share actual examples anyone may use and/or adapt. To learn more about how to use these free tools, go to the Microsoft Educator Community. And if you have some ideas of your own, please share them in the comments below!


Assessing Lessons:

Forms: With its new points feature and ability to open results/scores in Excel, Forms can now easily be used as a Summative Assessment! Check out my example on Docs.com! Whether you need to create it quickly or you have a lot of lead time, Forms allows you to assign points to questions and then access each student’s score when completed: you can look at the automatically created pie charts, click on “details” to see each student’s answer, or open the entire Forms in Excel so you have a spreadsheet of information! And who needs a copy machine? Forms cans be sent out immediately using its unique URL or self-generated QR code. Learn more by checking out this recent blog post on Individualizing instruction with the new Microsoft Forms from my fellow Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Laura Stanner.

Microsoft Classroom: The new Microsoft Classroom is a terrific environment (paired with OneNote) which allows teachers to create assignments, send them out to students via email, include them in each student’s Outlook calendar, and grade them all in one easy online place! All any educator using Classroom has to do is create an assignment and it’s automatically sent out to the “Assignments” tab in the Collaborative area of your Classroom OneNote. Students can click there to access the assignment and then add it to their Outlook calendar so they can turn it in on time! Best of all, the assignments come to one location (in your Classroom environment) so they are easy to grade! You can get free training on Microsoft Classroom training on the Microsoft Educator Community here.

Office Mix: Using the “Quizzes Videos Apps” section of Mix, you can add multiple choice, multiple and free response and true/false questions. When you create your Mix and save it to the cloud, you can send the URL to your students. When they have all take the assessment, you can easily access the analytics on the Mix.com site to see how each student performed on the assessment. Get started with this free add-in for PowerPoint on mix.office.com.

Sway: If you want to access a little prior knowledge before giving the assessment, use the handy “Get embed code” feature in the “Share” dropdown menu. Then you can create whatever background you want students to review at the beginning of your Assessment Sway before embedding the code for a Forms or a Mix directly into the Sway! Students enjoy a review of what they’ve covered and then take their assessment all in one convenient place! This is also perfect for students who are absent, so they can review what they missed! Get started with Sway for free at Sway.com/education.

Resources for Lesson Assessing with Microsoft: Assessing Lessons available on docs.com  



Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., STEMTammy DunbarDocs.com

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