My new website <hamiltonhomesteader.weebly.com> was launched in my classroom Tuesday, September 2. Students' answers are submitted by email or in a Google form response spreadsheet. I tried to keep up grading answers while they were working but when I fell behind I spent my time after class checking answers and tracking their HPs (homesteading points). Students are finishing up their homesteading game this week. I will share the answer spreadsheets with them and then I will give them a test over the entire Shifting Power of the Plains unit. Overall, even though it was a lot of work, I liked having the students be able to work at their pace and it feels like they are more responsible for their learning. It is also something they can access outside of school.
Something else that Mr. Badura showed me after school today was the assessment feature in eBackpack. This conversation started with me asking him about websites or apps that would grade my objective questions on the Homesteading website and then moved on to trying out this new feature. I had a test in Exam View already to go so we played around with how to upload the questions to eBackpack. I see a lot of potential for this assessment feature.