A couple of months ago, I shared the Wizer site as a one line piece in one of my Web 2.0 weekly “round-ups.” It looked like it had some potential, but it also didn’t seem very intuitive at first glance at figuring out how it worked, and I was pressed for time that week.
Then, Richard Byrne wrote a post about it and included a video showing how it worked. I finally got around to watching the video (well, at least its first three minutes — I’ve embedded it below) and then I got it!
I subsequently played around on the site, and watched a few minutes Wizer’s own video (also embedded below), and concluded that this is one helluva’ useful site!
Simply put, teachers can easily create online, multimedia online “worksheets” (even better, you can use or modify ones other educators have made), give students the url address to the “worksheet” (I’d just copy-and-paste it on our class blog), students quickly and simply register on Wizer, complete the worksheet, and, voila, teachers can easily see each students’ work.
In some ways, it’s like a somewhat less-sophisticated SAS Curriculum Pathways, which I think is the most useful site on the Web for teachers. There, though, only SAS creates the materials.
I’m definitely adding Wizer to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.
Here are the two “how-to” videos I mentioned earlier: