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Creating questions with images is an important part of any assessment or activity. The ability to observe, analyze, and interpret items are essential for all students, with images being especially important for visual learners, who benefit from having a concept or theme illustrated for them.
HelpTeaching.com has a bank of 2000+ images for use in creating more advanced and more visual assessments and activities for your students. In addition, Help Teaching subscribers can create custom questions, worksheets, and assessments by uploading their own images.
For a teacher who works in the Humanities, visuals are an essential component of my tests and activities. HelpTeaching.com has a vault of maps for major topics of World and U.S. History. In many cases the maps have two versions: one with labels and one without, allowing you to create an activity that fits your specific needs. For example, when teaching American expansion to the West, I can have my students fill in the various treaties that allowed us to obtain land, or I can give them a completed map and ask questions about each specific element. Follow this link for a sampling of questions that use maps in the different manners described above.
HelpTeaching.com also offers a wide variety of graphics appropriate for use in math and science classrooms. For example, biology teachers can use HelpTeaching.com’s images to create complete assessments which require students to identify parts of the human heart, eye, or ear. Elementary teachers can use our pre-made worksheets featuring images pushing and pulling forces or simple machines. Be sure to view samples of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, and scientific method questions featuring images from Help Teaching.
Math questions tend to rely heavily on graphics to more clearly convey key concepts. Math graphics available for use on HelpTeaching.com include angles and lines, 3-D shapes, area, volume, decimals, fractions, polygons, nets, solid figures, clocks, money, pictographs, protractors, transformations, tables, graphs, algebra tiles, base ten blocks, and rulers. Elementary math students often benefit from solving problems which incorporate pictographs along with text. Likewise, geometry teachers can use angles, circles, or polygons graphics to ask specific questions about degree measure, circumference, or side length. Algebra teachers can utilize questions and images for functions and algebra tiles. Read our article on Using Math Images to learn more about how to incorporate math images into your questions and worksheets.
There is also a complete set of graphic organizers that can be used to demonstrate various concepts and themes in the Language Arts or Social Studies classroom. Some of the charts and tables available on HelpTeaching.com include: flow charts, cause and effect, fact or opinion, sequencing, KWL, and Venn Diagrams.
These organizers make a great addition to any lesson or homework assignment. For example, after reading a chapter, students can complete a sequencing activity about what they read. Or they can compare and contrast different characters. Or your class can open a unit about Exploration by completing a KWL chart.
Help Teaching also offers a variety of images to support other subjects including art, music, early education, vocational education, and handwriting practice.
To add an image, create a question and then scroll through the image categories located on the left taskbar. Click to add the image you want and then create a question as you normally would. If you want to upload a custom image, simply select the “My Images” tab from the taskbar then the “Upload An Image” button. Creating a group of questions based on an image is very efficient way to assemble similar questions with one image. See this blog post for more info on groups.
The vault of images at HelpTeaching.com offers you a wealth of options to vary your activities and tests. Browse all questions with images for ideas on how to incorporate images into your activities and tests.
HelpTeaching.com is an online resource that uses member generated content to assist teachers in building quality tests and activities with a little help from their colleagues around the country. You can create your own questions. Or you could cherry pick the best questions created by others. Or you could create a test that is a perfect combination of both!
The vast amount of resources provided by HelpTeaching.com could be overwhelming, which is why this week’s post will focus on the different ways to locate the perfect questions for your upcoming assessment or activity.
Search Method #1: Browse by Category
Every question on HelpTeaching.com is categorized by subject area to make your searching simple and easy. Subjects include English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. (The content on Help Teaching isn’t just for those who teach major subjects. You will also find questions categorized by the Arts, Business, Technology and many more.)
Most categories are then further divided by subcategories, which makes locating your specific topic just a few clicks away.
For example: A few months back I was giving a quiz on American expansion. I simply clicked on “Social Studies”, then “US History”, then “The Frontier” and presto! Pages of user created questions were waiting for me.
Search Method #2: Search by Member
If in your searching you find that one particular user has created a plethora of questions that match your style and curriculum, just click on that member’s name and scroll through their content. Your academic soul mate just may have even more to offer you when you view their entire collection of questions.
For example: I wanted to change up my Economics test on supply and demand. While searching the Economics database, I came across user adriscoll24422, whose questions matched my testing philosophy and vocabulary, and the difficulty level necessary for my students.
Search Method #3: Search Box
Need a very specific question to finish that test? Don’t feel like scrolling through all of questions about the Frontier on HelpTeaching.com? Just type in the term you’re looking for in the Search box at the top of the page. It will return any question in the database with terms in your query.
For example: I knew there was probably a small amount of user created questions about government subsidies. Instead of searching through all of the Economics questions, I searched for the term “subsidy” and located the only question in the HelpTeaching.com database about that topic.
Search Method #4: Advanced Search
Sometimes your needs are just too specific to search by a single term. Luckily, HelpTeaching.com has an advanced search option that can narrow your results down even further than a typical search would. The advanced search allows you to refine results by category, grade, and/or question type.
For example: In searching for questions on “supply” for my Economics test, over 50% of the questions weren’t even about Economics! Categories ranged from Vocabulary to Zoology. By using the advanced search function, I was able to refine my search by keyword (supply), category (Social Studies), sub-category (Economics), grade (9, 10, 11, and 12), and question type (multiple choice). The results of my advanced search left me with 20 questions, all of which fit my needs. The hardest part was picking which one to use!
There are multiple ways to sort through the HelpTeaching.com database of questions. Which method you use depends upon your unique situation.
Next week I’ll discuss ways you can customize your test using the HelpTeaching.com Test Setup feature.
Using Math Images on HelpTeaching.com
Using Question Groups on HelpTeaching.com
How to Customize Your Tests Created on HelpTeaching.com
How to Find Questions on HelpTeaching.com
How to Write Good Test Questions