Recently I blogged over at Technology Tools for Teachers about online practice sites that would prepare students for Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) that are appearing on Common Core and state tests. These are not the traditional type of testing questions. Instead, they are computer-delivered items that drive higher order thinking which involve special interactions for collecting responses. Some examples of TEI questions include:
text dropdown menus
drag and drop
label an image
numeric entry with units
drawing an object
Exposing students as early as possible to these types of questions is important, not just for conquering testing. We need to model how questions that arise in our everyday world do not always require ONE answer. Sometimes we find multiple answers that are correct to everyday problems! Often times answers come in many different forms. Many TEI questions mirror this philosophy and if students do not correctly choose ALL of the correct answers or arrange them appropriately, then the question asking for multiple answers is marked entirely wrong. That can be hard for a little one to understand. Therefore, exposure is KEY.
Recently I was asked for a list of practice sites that would help prepare 3rd-5th grade Chromebook users for these testing items. So I compiled a list of THE BEST 15 websites (with the help of our Tech with Us Facebook Community) and I wanted to share it with you. These websites are FREE and do not require a login. Therefore, send this link home with students for extra practice! Click on the image below to take you to the FREE download that will automatically launch a Google Slides presentation slide with the links.
Note: The first link on the list will take you to a Google Folder of TEMPLATES that were created by Justin Birckbichler @Mr_B_Teacher ..this is an AWESOME resource for Google Suite users. Create your own TEI practice tests!
PLEASE let me know if you know of any other websites that you think should be added or swapped out. I'm always looking for THE BEST. Brittany Washburn recommended prepdog.org that requires students to choose the multiple choice answer from a dropdown menu.
If you are looking for even more practice and logins are not an issue for you, then I highly suggest checking out:
I also have an instructional PowerPoint full of animations that will introduce or review several TEI questions and how to answer them. Click on the images below to take you to this product in my TpT Store:
I'm Julie, a lover of everything related to educational technology. One of my biggest passions is collaborating with and learning from others around the world. This blog was created to help give teachers techie ideas that promote creativity and innovation in their classrooms.