When Websites Start Asking Questions, Students Will Answer Them

Scenario: You find a article on a website that perfectly ties into one of your lessons. You think to yourself, “Geez, I wish I could just insert my assessment questions on this webpage and assign it to students. That would be awesome!”

You’re right, that is an awesome concept! What’s more, it exists in the form of DocentEdu.

With the DocentEdu Chrome extension installed and a teacher membership to the related website, you can literally turn any web page into a powerful assessment and collaboration tool.

Simply go to a website with text based information and click the DocentEdu extension button in your tool bar. Instantly, a tool bar appears on the left of your screen allowing you to add functionality to the text. You can highlight words, add a sticky note with instructions, images and even videos, or ask a question. Also, you can add a discussion window to the site, allowing students completing the assignment concurrently to interact and collaborate with each other.

Each assignment you create is instantly uploaded to you teacher account at www.docentedu.com. When navigating the site you first create a class for students to join. Once you have a class created, you can then assign work to your students. Additionally, you can share any DocentEdu assignment via Google Classroom. To that, you should know that a student must have both an account for DocentEdu and Google Classroom for this feature to work. In fact, students will not be able to access the assignment unless they are currently logged in to both sites.

DocentEdu can be used with any Google Doc as well, making the software even more handy! You must first publish your Google Doc to the web by clicking File—> Publish to the web… When you do this, you will be presented with a link to the published Google Doc. Paste that link in your browser and you will be able to click the DocenEdu extension button to edit the Doc.

The free version of the software only allows a teacher to store 5 assignments to their account, which is a bummer but it may not be a deal breaker, depending on your planned usage. The paid version of the software can cost as little as $2 per student if purchased by a school district. Try the free version. If you love it, tell the higher-ups and get them on board to purchase it district-wide. Your colleagues will thank you!

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