Teachers can best use Knowledgehook as a two-step tool. First, use the practice tests to evaluate prior knowledge across a range of topics, or use the Gameshows to pre-assess a particular set of standards. Be sure to turn off the competitive mode, but require that students join using a code so performance is tracked. Then, after teaching content through classroom instruction, use the same practice or assessment to evaluate learning. Turn on the competitive mode when students are confident with the topic.
Keep in mind that although many of the questions cover content from Common Core math standards, alignment is not called out in the assessments. Furthermore, some of the assessments only include two questions, leaving a pretty significant gap in standards coverage.Continue reading Show less
Knowledgehook is an interactive math assessment tool for kids in grades 3 through 12. The practice tests and assessments are called Gameshows, which students join from their own computers or a mobile device. Teachers can choose from the existing Gameshows, or they can create their own by entering a set of questions. Gameshows include settings that allow teachers to award students for time achievements, create a class leaderboard, show benchmarks from standardized tests when available, and allow students to upload pictures of their work. Gameshows are organized by grade and standard topics.
When teachers are ready to start, they must invite students to a Gameshow, start the Gameshow, and manually progress through the questions as students answer them. Students do not receive any sort of helpful feedback, but they do get rewards even for attempting to answer a question. A basic report shows which students have completed Gameshows and how many questions they got correct. While this review covers the free version of Knowledgehook, there are a lot of additional features with the paid version, including gamified independent practice, differentiated learning, greater standards coverage, and the ability to create and send homework assignments.
Knowledgehook engages students with interactive questions and a flashy reward system. The questions require higher-level, critical-thinking skills. Although students do not get any instructional support, the assessments are a good way for teachers to evaluate learning. The site is intended for a whole-class setting that encourages class discussions and the sharing of work. In this respect, it's a powerful tool.
There are a few drawbacks. Students need to have access to their own devices to participate in Gameshows, and teachers must stay on top of student progress so they can identify which students are struggling. Students do not receive any sort of constructive feedback for incorrect answers, making it difficult for teachers to use this whole-class resource to help individual students. Teachers would likely appreciate a setting that allows the Gameshow to automatically move to the next question, and students could benefit from some brief instructional feedback -- even if it appears at the end of the assessment.
Key Standards Supported
Expressions And Equations
Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems. Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole- number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations). For example, use the formulas V = s3 and A = 6 s2 to find the volume and surface area of a cube with sides of length s = 1/2.
Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making $25 an hour gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or $2.50, for a new salary of $27.50. If you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact computation.
Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.
Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a linear function represented by a table of values and a linear function represented by an algebraic expression, determine which function has the greater rate of change.
Understand that a function from one set (called the domain) to another set (called the range) assigns to each element of the domain exactly one element of the range. If f is a function and x is an element of its domain, then f(x) denotes the output of f corresponding to the input x. The graph of f is the graph of the equation y = f(x).
Measurement And Data
Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole- number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.