Friday, 19 September 2014

Assessment Tips on the Ipad

I have shared before about how I use my Ipad for most of my assessment on my kids. I wanted to share some extra tips and ideas for getting started.

Today in my division we had something called Strong Beginnings. There are no classes today and Monday and kids come for 1 hour appointments with their teacher. During those appointments we assess literacy and numeracy skills. I am assessing all their literacy skills on the ipad.

These are the skills I assessed today:

Concepts of Print
Hearing and Recording Sounds
Letter Identification
Word Reading
Writing Vocabulary
Burt Test (word reading)
Running Record (Fountas and Pinell)

I use Evernote for the bulk of my assessment on the Ipad.

Each child has their own assessment folder in Evernote.

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I made “Notes” in Evernote for each task (concepts of print, word reading etc) and saved them each as a template. I then copied each note into every child assessments folder so that I would be ready to record their data in them when they come. Here is what a students notebook looks like right now:

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Every assessment piece is a new note in her notebook.

Here is what one of the notes look like when you open them up. This assessment was done on a whiteboard and then I took a photo of it. In Evernote, I can now annotate and mark right on the photo scoring it .

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Another great thing about using Evernote for assessment, is I can access it anywhere on anything! Nearing the end of the day today, my ipad only had 8% percent left and I still had 3 kids coming to assess! And I forgot my charger!! I quickly grabbed my class Ipad, signed into the Evernote App on there and was able to access all my notebooks and finish up!

Benefits of using the Ipad for assessment:
Saves paper
Have your data wherever, whenever(no lugging binders back and forth during report card time!)
You can email your data to other colleagues, parents, specialists, etc

Try it out!


  1. Hi Renee. Thanks so much for taking the time to share how you do assessment. Evernote does look so much easier than what my first grade team and I were doing last year. I have to share with you, though, we started using a program called ESGI this year. It's an online program that assesses both math and reading and then graphs, ranks etc. all of your children. It also prints flashcards and a letter in both English and Spanish showing words/sounds unknown. We do a running record in addition to this, but, boy, do we have more data and it's so easy! Just thought I would share with a fellow educator. Feel free to email me with questions, or google it.

    1. I will have to check that out! Thanks!


  2. Hi Renee! I use Evernote, too, and really like it. Hadn't thought about using it for assessments though. Can you elaborate on how you made notes in Evernote for each task. I'm not quite following you:) Just my poor ol' brain, haha!
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    1. Never mind. Got 'er figured out:)

    2. I will post this weekend too a a little more in depth and clearer! Glad you got it working though!



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