How I Use It
As a physics and chemistry teacher, students in my class often have to draw graphs, equipment setups for a lab, or diagrams to explain physical phenomena. InfuseLearning makes formative assessment for these kinds of visual tasks easy! Students can draw on a free-form canvas and submit their image to their teacher. The images all show up and can be downloaded into a PDF. When we do math-based problem solving in class, students can show their work in solving a problem with InfuseLearning and demonstrate that they understand a particular equation or relationship. It allows for some great differentiation in my class with special needs and English Language Learning students. On quizzes, for example, the app has an audio speaker button next to each question stem or answer choice. Pressing this button will have the app read aloud the selected text. Additionally, there are translation features into several non-English languages. This has allowed me to keep my students in my classroom who normally have to leave to get their quizzes/tests read to them aloud by someone else in another room. Keeping my students in my classroom allows me to support them with the science, and the app supports them with the reading help that they might need so that I can focus on assessing their science knowledge.
Much like other student response system apps in its interface and functionality, InfuseLearning can also provide an online space for media-rich polls, questions, and quizzes, because it allows you to embed images into question stems. Some of the features of InfuseLearning that set it apart from its peer apps are:
• Teacher can share a URL with students devices so they can all get to a webpage efficiently
• Quiz results are archived for later viewing or downloading
• Translation into other languages
• Audio reading of questions
• Drawing as a question type
To quickly determine how students are understanding a concept, such as drawing a diagram to represent the motion of a moving object, or labeling the different pieces of lab equipment in a chemistry experimental technique, InfuseLearning is my top choice. The fact that It is completely free (at least for now) makes it a very appealing choice for student response systems. It is lacking in the fact that it only allows for quizzes (pre-made) or on-the-spot polling/questioning. It could be better if it allowed you to make some questions ahead of time and select them in the on-the-spot use of the app.