Technology-enhanced items, or TEI, are pretty common on end-of-year state tests. The good news is that kids pick up on these skills pretty easily, especially if you incorporate TEI questions all year long. However, it can be hard to find resources that give kids targeted TEI practice with drag and drop, selecting multiple answer choices, manipulating objects, and similar skills.
With that in mind, I’m sharing some of my favorite resources for practicing TEI skills in the classroom. These work well whether you have an interactive whiteboard, laptops, tablets, or other devices.
Be sure to read all the way through for some free resources!
My favorite TEI resource is the Boom Learning™ website. Students can complete digital task cards using a variety of TEI skills like selecting “hot spot” answers, moving objects, and selecting multiple answers in a multiple choice question.
The best part is that the cards are self-checking, so students get immediate feedback about their answers. Plus, you can monitor students’ progress. Every teacher I’ve talked to says their students LOVE the interactive piece. And they love that it’s paperless and low-prep!
The video below shows an example of some types of questions students can practice on the Boom website. (These are from one of my 4th grade math SOL review decks.)
You can set up a free or paid Boom account through the Boom Learning website. If you purchase a Boom cards set on Teachers Pay Teachers, you get a free 3-month trial membership. You can buy decks that are already made and ready to go, or you can create your own!
If you’re interested in checking out Boom, start with these free Boom card sets I’ve created!
If your school uses G Suite for Education™, Google Slides™ is a great way to help students practice TEI skills. You can create a set of practice questions and share it with your students through the sharing buttons or Google Classroom™.
The picture below shows an example slide where students need to click and drag to change the heights of the bars in the bar graph to display the data in the table.
Students can also practice answering multiple choice questions and choosing answers from drop-down menus in Google Forms™. One tip I have is to include some questions that require more than one correct answer, since students will probably see that on the state tests.
TEI Practice Sites
There are also some helpful websites that have TEI-type questions. Most of these are aligned to the VDOE Standards of Learning (SOLs), but would be helpful for anyone looking for some TEI practice in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.
- IXL Learning: Reading (subscription-based, but you should be able to click on questions)
- IXL Learning: Math (subscription-based, but you should be able to click on questions)
- Interactive Assessment
- SOL Pass (requires a subscription, but a trial option is available)
- Jefferson Lab (uses released test questions)
- TestNav (downloadable software)
I hope this list helps you to get started working TEI practice into your teaching! Lots of exposure to TEI questions throughout the year will really help students feel confident about seeing these types of items on those end-of-year tests!
P.S. You can grab a free set of TEI questions posters here! These are helpful to display to remind students of some of the types of TEI items they can expect to see.