Interactive worksheets, or “interactivities” as we like to call them, are made with educational apps that take your favorite PDF worksheets and convert them into engaging digital materials delivered online to your students. Interactive worksheets challenge students in ways plain old paper worksheets never could because you can incorporate learning activities that are only possible on the computer. With interactive worksheets made with TeacherMade, you can also incorporate audio, video, and hyperlinks to transform learning beyond the printed page.
Unlike interactive worksheets, paper worksheets are limited in how they can challenge and engage students. You can only ask questions or assign tasks that can be completed with a pencil or pen. Because of these limits, paper worksheets tend to be static and repetitive. Interactivities add the power of the computer to the worksheet so they have layers and levels that are not possible with paper worksheets.
Think about all of those times you included an excerpt from a speech for your students to read within a worksheet. With interactive worksheets, you can include a video clip of the actual speech for your students to watch! Watching the speech allows them to analyze it in ways they never could just by seeing it on paper. Deeper connections with the material are made for the student, making it memorable.
With other tools like hotspots, drag and drop, and audio, there are no limits to what you can do with interactive worksheets. Not only are students more engaged but the brain-friendly connections they are able to make within their learning are far stronger using these interactivities.
Deep down, all interactive worksheets are just paper worksheets that have been upgraded. So don’t go throwing away that filing cabinet filled with years of resources! Many of the questions that are asked on interactive worksheets are the same as those asked on paper worksheets. It is the way in which students are asked to respond that is different. For that reason, paper worksheets provide the perfect base for Teachers to expand on when they are uploaded to an educational app.
It’s no secret that students love technology. By moving learning resources and supplementals like worksheets online, they automatically capture students’ attention far more than paper worksheets. And because TeacherMade allows students to check their own scores, the worksheet is gamified for the student. Teachers consistently report that their students try harder on interactivities in TeacherMade.
The technology-enhanced question types offer additional excitement for the student. Drag-and-drops have students take objects and place them in the right location or sequence. It’s a fun way for students to show what they know. Voice recordings open up a world of possibilities, too. Students can read a poem, speak in a foreign language, or express their opinions in a medium that’s more natural.
Interactive worksheets let students move at their own pace allowing them to take control of their education and be more creative with their answers. In many cases, students can upload links, videos, or even audio to support their responses and find new ways to express themselves. Did we mention that TeacherMade has instant scoring for the student as part of its auto-grading feature? The ability to see their grades as soon as they submit their work also gives students a sense of ownership over what they’re learning. They naturally want to try harder!
Where do we even begin?? Once a Teacher knows how to use TeacherMade, they can save hours of time when prepping for class. For starters, these worksheets are assigned online to your students. This means that once they have been created, which can take a few minutes to set up, they can be sent directly to your students. No more costly printouts or losing battles with the copy machine. Just a few clicks on your computer and the work is ready to go.
As we mentioned, TeacherMade is the only educational app for making interactive worksheets that offers auto-grading. When a student submits their work, you can automatically see the score they received. Gone are the long nights and weekends of grading student work! And since TeacherMade is integrated with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology, student grades flow directly to your gradebook. This streamlined process cuts out the middleman, aka the Teacher.
All in all, interactive worksheets let Teachers breathe knowing that their students are doing more rigorous, challenging assignments while they have simultaneously less paperwork. TeacherMade gives Teachers back hours of time both in and out of the classroom. Teachers use these time savings to spend more instructional time with their students or just to relax (a term foreign to most Teachers during the school year).
Knowing everything that’s possible with interactive worksheets, it’s hard to imagine ever going back to paper worksheets. So which educational app should you use and where should you begin? Like most things in life, getting started is the scariest part. Lucky for you, we know just the app 😉
TeacherMade takes your static PDFs and turns them into interactive worksheets that are easy to make and popular with your students. As a result, the best materials that you’ve curated over the years can now take center stage in your digital classroom.
Using TeacherMade is pretty easy. An upfront investment of time learning the basics will pay off for you for years to come. So let’s get started making interactive worksheets using TeacherMade.
Create Your TeacherMade Account
If you have not done so already, you will nned to create your TeacherMade account. To do so, go to https://teachermade.com and click “Sign up FREE” in the upper right corner of the homepage.
You can choose to create an account by typing in your information or registering with a Google account. We highly recommend that you sign up using your school email address, as it will make it easier if you choose to use one of our LMS integrations.
It is important to note that only teachers need TeacherMade accounts. Therefore, no student needs to or should be signing up for TeacherMade.
Once you are all signed up, the application will take you to a page titled ‘My Worksheets.’ This page will host all of your assignments and folders once you start creating them!
Turning PDFs into Interactive Worksheets
To make an interactive worksheet, start by selecting “Create Worksheet” in the upper left-hand corner or select ‘Actions’ in the right corner and then “Create Worksheet.”