With all of this in mind I decided that the start of this year was the perfect time to look into ESGI for myself and within a matter of minutes I had fallen completely in love with the software... and I mean COMPLETELY in LOVE with it! For the first time in my teaching career I can say I am truly excited about assessing my students. ESGI has turned what has always been a painfully tedious task into something that is quick to administer, easy to manage, and more beneficial than any assessment I have given on my own.
Assessing is as easy as a simple question such as "What sound does this letter make?" and a quick click on "Y" for yes or "N" for no depending on if the student answers correctly or not. As if that is not great enough the software also provides you with easy to read individual and whole-class data, individualized flashcards for each student, and parent progress letters. With a few clicks on my keyboard I was able to see what letters and sounds I needed to target during my instruction, create parent letters breaking down my assessment results, and print out individualized flashcards to send home with each student.
In case you are worried that the software will not meet your assessment needs it comes with the capability to create your own assessments when needed. The software comes with a built-in sight word assessment, but I liked having the option of creating one based on my district's word wall list.
On top of all of this, my students loved being called over and assessed on my iPad. They all kept asking if they could go next. When I was done assessing my students there was no paper work to sort through or file and with a few clicks I could easily read the data on my students and see where to begin teaching or how to group them for small group instruction. With the ease and speed that comes with the software I look forward to assessing my students more often so that I can make sure my instruction stays targeted and focused. In addition, the software can be accessed anywhere you go and on any type of device so you can look at reports from home and assess on your computer or any other type of tablet.
here to learn more about ESGI and to get a free 60 day trial of the software. Setting up your class only takes a few minutes. Don't put it off any longer. Check out ESGI and see what you are missing. You will never want to go back to your old ways again. USE THE SPECIAL CHALK TALK PROMO CODE (B2255) AND RECEIVE $40 OFF! The promo code is only good for first time ESGI users :)