Teachers who want to upload “packets” and make them easy for self grading will find a friend in Wizer.me. Also, those who believe in differentiated instruction, multiple ways of asking (and answering questions) like text, voice, and video, and the ability for teachers to share with each other will love Wizer. In this blog post, I'll share the 20-minute demo I recorded with CEO of Wizer Nira Sheleg along with a “quick jump” table of contents as I do with my “Cool Cat Teacher Live” demos. I'll also give you a written overview of what Wizer does.
To call Wizer.me a digital worksheet is almost an insult because I've never liked worksheets. I do like that Nira says they are “reinventing worksheets” because I like that better. From discussion questions that LITERALLY let the class discuss to learner profiles that let some kids draw their answers, others record their answers, and still others write with text – the power of Wizer is almost lost in its easy interface.
I've kept up with Wizer.me from afar since I met Nira in Moscow about a year and a half a go at Edcrunch. When she demoed it with me in the hotel lobby, it just seemed to simple. But as we dug deeper, I realized the power.
But when we went to distance learning and teachers were struggling to make “packets” easier and to digitize almost everything that Wizer.me came to mind.
One of the features that was needed was the ability to schedule and also to time the whole worksheet (or “test” if you choose to give summative assessments in Wizer.) They implemented that feature last week. Wizer also fully integrates with Google Classroom which is why we purchased school licenses from Wizer for our teachers. (Just contact them directly for that.)
Video Demonstration of Wizer.me with Nira Sheleg
Wizer.me Quick Jump Table of Contents
Table of Contents
0:57 What is Wizer
1:25 Worksheet Design
1:55 How to Upload a PDF
2:40 Automatically Grading PDF's
3:05 Add Videos and Cropping Videos
3:35 Question Types
3:47 Open Questions and Grading
4:11 Discussion Questions
4:15 Automatic Grading
4:50 Asking questions multiple ways (Audio, Video, Text)
5:10 Reflection Questions (mood questions)
5:43 Questions and Answers in Multiple Modalities
6:07 Learner Profiles
6:55 How to Differentiate Instruction using Wizer
8:35 Google Classroom Integration
8:55 Individualized Worksheets (Unique to Each Student)
10:00 Chat Questions (For collaboration & conversation)
:30 Assign to Google Classroom and Grade Sync
11:45 New Wizer Features (Timers and Scheduling) which make this perfect for summative assessments
14:10 Shout out to a fellow teacher
14:37 Gallery of Teacher Content
15:27 Searching for Content
15:37 Finding teachers with good content on wizer.me
16:25 Copy worksheets from other teachers
17:08 Kindergarten on wizer.me
18:20 Adding a Drawing Question
19:05 Grading in Wizer (with audio feedback)
19:20 A shout out to my book Reinventing Writing and why audio feedback is so important for struggling learners
21:03 Review of how students receive a worksheet
21:10 Summary of What we Discussed in this video
22:10 A Message to teachers from Nira
23:00 A Message to teachers from Vicki
This tool is perhaps a hidden gem for many of you and one of those things you never knew you needed. I also predict it will be a favorite for the teachers of very young children as well as those working to give the kinds of test and activities they are used to doing in class on pencil and paper but with the added bonus of being able to reach every child.
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