How do I use the Bell Ringer feature?

Updated 2 years ago by Amy Brown

Step 1: From your homepage, go to the CLASSROOM RESOURCES dropdown menu and select a subject area.

Step 2: In the Online Resources section, click on the "Bell Ringer" icon.

Step 3: To create a new Bell Ringer, choose your question type (multiple choice, short answer, vocabulary, or free response) and standard. Select "Any Standard" for USATestprep to choose a random standard for the Bell Ringer question.

Step 4: Confirm your selections and click the "Load Questions" button.

Step 5: You will have five questions to look through. If you do not like any of the five options, click the "start over" link to generate a new set of questions. Enter instructions or classroom management expectations for students to see when the Bell Ringer question is displayed in projector mode.

Step 6: As you're deciding between the five questions, you'll see that they all cover the same standard, as indicated in the bottom right corner. Decide which question you like best and click the "Display Question" button.

Step 7: The Bell Ringer will open in projector mode. Click the "Full Screen" link and/or adjust the font size as needed. Click the "Back to Bell Ringer questions" link to exit projector mode and choose a different question.

Step 8: By default, no answer choice is selected. Once your students have their answers ready, click on any answer choice.

Step 9: Regardless of whether the correct answer was selected or not, you will see the correct answer along with an explanation. Click the "Back to Bell Ringer questions" link when finished.

Step 10: If you would like to save a particular question for your later class periods or upcoming semesters, click the "Save Question" button for the exact question you would like to reuse in the future.

Step 11: Give your Bell Ringer question a name. Consider naming the question according to the standard or unit. Another suggestion is to use today's date if you'll be reusing the question for each class period. Click the "Save" button.

Step 12: Once you have a saved Bell Ringer, you will see the option to select a saved Bell Ringer question or create a new one. If you would like to use a saved Bell Ringer, search through the list or type part of the name to quickly retrieve it.

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