Kids Discover Online, an interactive digital library of science and social studies content, has added custom assessment capabilities to its platform. With the new tool, educators have full control to mix and match science and social studies materials to create, distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests, and homework assignments directly within the platform.Teachers can choose from 5,000 questions covering more than 1,200 science and social studies topics. Question types include discussion prompts, short answer, multiple choice, and true/false. Each question can be customized, and different types of questions can be grouped together to create a variety of assessments ranging from short multiple-choice quizzes to longer mixed-question assessments.
To help differentiate homework assignments from assessments, users can lock and unlock content to restrict what students can view while the assessment is in progress.
Teachers can save hours of time spent on grading by creating custom answer keys. The program will automatically grade all true/false and multiple-choice questions, and the Gradebook feature enables educators to view and analyze students’ history on all past assessments, including manually entered offline tests. Gradebook automatically monitors students’ progress throughout the year and provides an analysis of strengths and weaknesses.
Students will be able to take assessments on any device, including iPads, laptops, and mobile phones. The assessment tool was designed with the goal of facilitating students’ exploration of big ideas through cross-curricular learning. Visit their site here.