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Formative assessment

Know what they know

Instant feedback

Full engagement

Leave no child behind


How it works
A quick look at Discourse’s key features

Teacher View — Teachers can send a series of prepared lesson activities to the students’ computers, or simply ask open-ended questions on-the-fly. Each student constructs a response that the teacher can monitor keystroke-by-keystroke.

Student in Discourse classroomStudent View — Every student is expected to participate in every lesson activity, so you always know who is engaged and who's not. No one can hide and no one can be left out or left behind.

Instant Feedback - Students can see instantly if their answers are right and correct mistakes on the spot. They can even send you private questions. (These features can be disabled for testing.)

Public Display — Selected responses can be sent to the entire class, either with a name to honor a deserving student or anonymously to foster a discussion.

Lesson Authoring — Lesson questions can include graphics and illustrations, and they can be written in any format: open-ended, short answer, multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in, voting and identification of graphic "hot spots."

WebTravel With Discourse WebTravel, teachers get a powerful management tool for using the Internet in daily instruction. Using WebTravel, you can direct all students to a Web site, allow them time to research and answer your questions about the topic, and give them an opportunity to explore elsewhere on the Web. Then you can instantly bring all students to the next link or activity in your lesson plan. WebTravel also enables teachers to monitor the sites that the students are viewing, and it maintains a complete history of all Web sites accessed by each student during a lesson.

Automatic Response Measurement and Scoring — With every question, a teacher can instantly see the percentage of students answering correctly and the number of attempts each student made before submitting the right answer. Tests and quizzes can be scored immediately. You get an instant analysis of each student's comprehension level, thus allowing you to focus more time on instruction and less on grading papers.

Detailed Assessment Reports — A wide variety of reports can be used to document student performance and achievement. Complete records of lessons and student responses can be saved and reviewed at any time, providing teachers with valuable information for ARD meetings, parent conferences, or intervention.


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