So I'm actually trying a whole bunch of new things this year. I guess being some place new has given me a little bit of a push to try out new things that I've wanted to try for a while but didn't know how to make work. I'm doing daily quizzes now (thanks to those who helped me in the previous thread). I think this is great because they can actually see how well they're doing and get to practice their understanding daily, which is awesome. I also think it's awesome because it gives me a way to introduce progress charting into my classroom where they graph their progress on various skills and learning goals. However, I'm having a little trouble figuring out how to make it work really well. With skills like being able to measure accurately it's easy. However with things like concepts, where we're learning about a concept over the course of a whole unit, it's a bit trickier, because I've been giving them quizzes on the things we've been doing so far, but it's not an accurate representation of how well they understand the whole concept. As an example, a learning goal might be: "Students will be able to describe the impact of human actions on the systems of weather and climate." And I might have given students some instruction and quizzing on the difference between weather and climate and they did very well on that (being a very simple concept), but they don't know all of the various complex data sets, evidence, and systems involved in climate change. I want them to see how they've grown over time. Should I give them a pre-test on the entire unit? It's likely they would fail that, but it would show growth over time. And then I could every now and then give them larger quizzes than our daily ones that test on everything in the unit and show them how their understanding is growing. I'm also playing around with the idea of having kids progress chart on a Google Sheet instead of on paper. Secondly, another teacher has brought to my attention the problem with my testing students on stuff we learn all year when I collect all of their notes out of their binder after the end of the unit so they don't really have a chance to review their notes. This got me thinking about digitizing some of their notes. Particularly their concept maps. I have students add words to their concept maps and draw in arrows and the relationships between these words. I was thinking about having them re-create these at the end of the unit in a digital format and keeping these in a blog so they can review it if they feel like it. However there don't seem to be many truly free mindmapping apps (they usually let you only make like 3-4 before they charge you). And very few of them allow you to add text to the arrows. Those that do are fairly complicated (LucidChart), and I'm questioning whether this is a good idea to begin with. Maybe I should have them just photograph their concept maps and post them on their blog? So I guess my question here is, are there any good apps for concept mapping (not just mind mapping, but allowing kids to write on the arrows) that are simple to use and free, and if not, should I just have them photograph physical concept maps?