Here are some examples of
quick written evaluations
Poll Everywhere This program allows you to ask multiple choice and short answer questions. Students text in their responses. Teachers can use their LCD projectors and show the results to the class.

Here are some picture examples of what the text message looks like:
Multiple Choice Poll:

Here is a picture ofa Short Answer Poll:

I Voted: this program is similar to Poll Everywhere. You can do text in responses, but only for multiple choice questions. You can do an unlimited number of polls with 25 sms votes per poll.

This program is similar to Poll Everywhere. It is also free. There is not a limit of how many texts you can receive. However, only about 7 of the texts will show at one time. You also need to be aware that anyone can see the page you create and can send in a text. I have not had a problem if I title the wiffiti page something like this: Frau Rizzuto's 6th period. Then I ask them the question in class.

The Wiffiti program has changed as of April 13, 2012. In order to do the texting option you need to have an EDTECH account. You can only have an EDTECH account if your email address has an edu or k12 in it. The newer EDTECH version allows you to zap or get rid of all the messages with a click of the button, so you can make one wiffiti page per subject, not one per class.

Here is a picture of what the text response could look like:
wiffiti.PNG This program allows you to have students opt in to the program. You create a cell for each class. You moderate the responses. When students opt in they create their own user name. From your computer you can send out a question or a poll which will be texted to all the students. From your computer you can decide to send their replies to everyone or to just keep it in your cell. You could use this program for a group activity or you could use it for a quiz or test.
Here is a picture of what your phone would look like if you are opting in to

Group Me This program allows you to register your students with an email address or their phone numbers. You can send out text reminders to them about upcoming tests or assignments. They can also set up study groups where they text information to each other as a group. You could send out a text to the whole class that asks a question and then all the students would respond in the target language as an answer to the question. They can text the entire group messages in the target language.

Posterous If your students can take a picture from their phones and email the photos, this program is a great one to use. Students can take a picture of something with the phone and then email it to the account you set up. I set up a class account. My students send the photo to They can add a subject and describe the picture. Some examples of things you can do: Have them take a picture of something they do over the weekend and then using write in the past tense what they did. Have them take a picture of something funny and then describe it in the target language. Have students take pictures of different key places and then give directions from their home to the school in the target language.

QR Codes:You may have seen QR codes on ads or menus. You can use the codes in your world language class! Students who have a smart phone can download a free QR reader app. You can make QR codes and make them into an assignment. The QR codes can be a link to a website or it could be plain text. I have my students turn in a weekly homework paper. As part of their homework they need to answer a question on the class blog. I have a QR code on the paper that the students can scan so that they can do the blog entry from their phone. I also put up questions around my classroom in the form of a QR code. Sometimes the questions are part of an assignment or a scavengar hunt. Sometimes I put up a QR code in the school halls with a German message and if my students find it and answer the message when they come to class, I will give them some class Euros. I have also had the students create a QR code about themselves in German. If students do not have a smartphone with a barcode (or QRcode) reader, students can take a picture of the QRcode and send it in to and they will text the student back the information on the code


You can also use to create a poll that goes along with a QR Code. When the students scan the code they will be taken to a poll that they can answer on their phone or mobile device. The program allows for 20 free responses per poll. You can purchase more if you would like. 200 responses costs $.99.


Google +
If your students have a smart phone, Google + is another great program that you can use with your students. It is similar to facebook, but you can set up "circles" or groups of people that you share information with. You can have your students in a certain circle and post pictures and entries that only those in the circle can access. You could have the students write entries in the target language. At this point, students will need to have an app on their phone to use this program with their cell phone. Otherwise it would need to be used from a computer.