Guide to Using Ponder in the Classroom: Assessment


Ponder's data-gathering functionality helps you make your assessments more informed than ever before.

  • Know what students are reading
  • Know how long students are reading 
  • Know what students are flagging
  • Know what interests them
  • Know how well they're understanding the reading
  • Know what concepts are still confusing
  • Know whether they're reading beyond the assignments


Using this information, Ponder can be used...

  • As an alternative assessment

    • Students flags, responses, and articles read can be added to calculate reading performance through a unit.
  • To give pre-assessments

    • Can students find articles that capture a theme?
  • As authentic assessment

    • Use real world content to determine mastery. Are students flagging articles with the right themes? Are their sentiments helping other students better understand big ideas? Does the data in the Instructor Dashboard reveal the reading patterns of an engaged citizen?
  • For formative assessment

    • How has students’ reading changed over time? Do their sentiments indicate that they’re understanding more over time? What are they not understanding?
  • As a summative assessment

    • How many articles has a student read through the unit? How many flags have they contributed? Have their flags generated responses from their classmates? Add it all up!
  • To compile students’ portfolios

    • Filter by their name. Examine the quality of their excerpts. Examine the extent to which they’ve contributed to a theme. Use this automatically- generated portfolio to assess the whole range of students’ reading.


Also helpful is our guide to reviewing individual micro-responses.


Want to learn more? See the rest of our Guide to Using Ponder in the Classroom.

Guide to Using Ponder in the Classroom: Overview

Guide to Using Ponder in the Classroom : The Technology

Guide to Using Ponder in the Classroom: Lesson Planning


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