Infuse Learning (Day 14 #30DC14) is a student response tool that allows teachers to send out questions, prompts, or quizzes. It is a way for teachers to integrate technology that can aid in both formative and summative assessments. It lets students provide their responses on any device including tablets, computers and phones. One of the great features of Infuse Learning is that there are 7 different question formats, including the ability for students to draw their response. The interface allows for full-blown quizzes or more on-the-fly assessments similar to poll or clicker systems. All of the text in Infuse Learning can be translated into several languages as well as allow students to hear audio narration of questions and possible responses.

How to Get Started

This video will give you an overview of the features in Infuse Learning as well as how to get started with the program.

Suggested Uses

  • Create impromptu formative assessments and get immediate real-time results.
  • Create self-paced assessments.
  • Push out a website or other web links to students.
  • Use as an accommodation for those students that need translation or audio narration.
  • Create classes and add students so that they can regularly monitor student progress.
  • Create common assessments and share with other teachers.
  • Share a graph  or image via the InfuseDraw tool, and students could collaboratively mark on the image, highlight trends in a graph, or note important aspects.
  • Sorting feature is useful for organizing information on a timeline.
  • Students can work individually or as a group on a shared device to answer questions.

Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)

An essential competency on the EVSC teaching rubric deals with using frequent formative assessments to inform instruction and measure progress towards proficiency.  Infuse Learning allows you to either make formative assessments ahead of time or to ask on the fly questions to gage understanding (Multiple Assessments Aligned to Goals and Learning Outcomes 1.3).  Infuse Learning also allows you to integrate  a digital tool that will engage students and provide and maintain student interest (Resource, Activities, and Materials 2.1 & Presenting Instructional Content 2.2).

Additional Resources

There are many classroom response systems out there that have similar features as Infuse Learning.  Here are a few that you may want to take a look at.

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to check out Infuse Learning and figure out how you could integrate this into your current unit.  Also, think about this resource and how it could be used to enhance lesson planning and collaboration within your PLC’s.  Then share in the comments below your thoughts on Infuse Learning or how you think you could integrate this program into your lessons.  If you have used Infuse Learning please share your experiences with it and how you have used it in your classroom.

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  1. Infuse will be a fun interactive way to check for student understanding once our school’s portable lab is up and running. My students love to use dry erase markers/boards, so I am anticipating much excitement when this technology enhanced mode of participation is utilized in the classroom.

  2. I already have an Infuse Learning account had have used it to gauge understanding and get immediate feedback. It has been a while since I used it – other websites came and went in the meantime. Now that I’m a regular user of Kahoot, I’ll compare the two to see which works better for my classes.

  3. For starters it was incredibly easy to sign up and to get going. I had my Thinkpad next to me while I worked on my desktop and it was really fun putting things out like links and images and being able to see the data come back to me in real-time and in different formats. I have read all of the comments but I am still having trouble pushing out an image to the student computer. I can do links but not images. Any help would be great.

    In a course where we are always trying to look different and incorporate new things I can see INFUSE becoming a regular part of our classroom. I would use it for spur of the moment interactions when I would like for the students to examine an image or graph closer or a quicker version of poll everywhere to get instant student feedback. I want to spend some more time playing with it to see what else it can do.

    • To send an image to student you need to click on the Infuse Draw tab which is under Interactive Tools. Once you are in there you can click on the image that is a mountain with a plus sign at the top of it, third one from the bottom. That is how you will upload your image into Infuse. Then to send it out to students you need to click on the Ask button which is the bottom one. It will not actually send the image to the students until you select what type of question you want to ask with the image. I usually use draw which allows them to annotate right on the image. Once you click on draw, or whichever type of question you would like to ask, it will then go to the student devices. Hope this helps, let me know if you still have any issues!

  4. ECA always has look at a graph and click on a spot where a certain thing is happening. For example label the spot on a distance time graph where the car is not moving. I can import graphs and have the students use the draw function to complete this task. I can even have them draw the graph of certain scenarios in which I give them. I think Infuse Learning works great for graphing in Pre-Algebra and Algebra.

  5. Infuse seems a lot like Kahoot only this has a drawing option. I like the drawing option as I have students with IEP’s and that I have to differentiate for in class and the drawing option would work great for them. Our 4th grade is working Continents and Countries. I could see creating an assessment for the teachers on the information they are learning and have the students take it in my Keyboarding and Tech class and then being able to share that information with the teachers so they know where to head next with their students. I will for sure share this with my Math teacher who creates daily assessments on using Google Forms. This way she could have the students show their work. I like all the options of assessments you can use and that it can be used for many grade levels and subjects.

  6. This seems a lot like Kahoot, but the illustrated response feature is great. That would be a huge help to my language challenged or special ed students who struggle with reading and writing. They love to draw and this would engage them even more that Kahoot because of it.

  7. I share a lot of websites and like to introduce my health students to many health related websites. I plan to try introducing websites using Infuse Learning. I also would like to try it to poll the students quickly in class on one of our upcoming topics. I have used Socrates and I am anxious to compare Infuse Learning with other apps to see what works best for me to use.

    • Each has their own positives. Plickers can be used in a classroom where there is not 1:1 technology where as with Infuse Learning each student needs some type of device. Plickers can do multiple choice and true/false and Infuse Learning has 7 different answering platforms including a way for students to draw their response. So to answer the question, I guess it depends on what you are looking to do in your classroom. I suggest trying them both out, you may find a place for both of them in your classroom.

      • I think I would like them both. I like the idea of Plickers since we are not really 1:1, but I also like the idea of using Infuse to do formatives since there is a better variety of answer choices.

  8. I am excited to play around with infuse learning myself. I feel like I am always asking my teachers to collect summative and formative assessment data, and I rarely provide them with a useful tool to collect such data in truly meaningful ways. I can’t wait to share this with my folks here in MSDMV. I love the drawing tool. I can see this easily being applied across multiple disciplines – in fact, I think I start with my PE teachers. :-)

    • My teachers here love Infuse Learning and find it easy to use, even those that consider themselves technology illiterate. I have been using it for years and students love the drawing tool!

  9. Infuse offers lots of opportunities for quick classroom assessments similar to Kahoot. The drawing option is a great addition and can allow for some cool assessment. I have been searching for a good assessment tool on number order and can see using the drawing tool as a way to move past some of the usual Sort and Order assignments.

  10. I set up an account and have checked this out! I think it is going to be a wonderful tool. We now have ipads in our school which will work great. I like the drawing tool, where the lower grade children can use this too. It will be great for review and the children love using the ipads vs just answering a question in class I will definitely be telling the teachers about this site, so they can use it in their classrooms too

  11. I have seen Infuse Learning before, it is similar to other online questioning platforms, but this has some features that are really neat. I like the draw a response feature. I could see using this to have students sketch out examples or vocab words. I tried to find a way to send an image out to annotate – which would be great for labeling a map or science diagram, but couldn’t find that feature. Once we have devices available to more students, I can see using this on a pretty regular basis.

    • To annotate an image go to infuse draw under interactive tools. You will first come to a blank page, just click the down arrow that is on the left side of the screen and that allows you to download an image which the students can then write on.

      • Thank you for the reply/ I found that and uploaded an image, but I couldn’t get it to go to a student device. I will have to play with it a bit more to see what I was doing wrong. I didn’t have a lot of time to play with it!

        • I had some issues yesterday getting an image sent out, but noticed today that they have added a new feature which may have been why there were issues in the last 24 hours. Previously you had the same room id everything you logged in. They have now changed it so that there is a different room id every time you start a new class/attendance. When I just went in to Infuse Learning I was able to send an image to a student device without an issue. Let me know if you are still having problems.

  12. Infuse learning seems very similar to Kahoot and Power My Learning. I liked that all the students need to do to participate is to sign in with the Room ID. It’s great that they don’t each need their separate account. I also really liked the drawing tool. That is something unique that I haven’t seen on any of the other websites similar to this one. I also liked that you don’t necessarily have to create a quiz or poll in advance. I thought that the quick assessment tool was a great feature. This website seems to offer a variety of options.

  13. I have not tried infuse learning or socrative yet. I think it would be fun to use this to review for tests. My students are competitive and they love the immediate feedback. Another great idea would be to ask impromptu questions throughout class to make sure students were engaged in the lesson. Our administrators always ask how we are checking for understanding. This could be a tool we use to check for understanding. The drawing feature would be nice for a little brain break and a laugh.

  14. I think it looks similar to Kahoot and Socrative but with an added feature of drawing (which is great to me as a math teacher). I think it’s a good idea to have multiple ways to deliver formative assessments so as the students are stuck in a rut (and teachers too). Since the big push is data from the formative assessments within the PLC’s then there is data to pull from as well.

  15. I can see myself using Infuse in my English Basic Skills classes. Because these classes are remedial, I utilize informal, formative assessments daily to make sure the students understand what they’re supposed to be learning. In our current unit about arguments, I could create a short quiz for the beginning of class to make sure students know what claims, evidence, and counterclaims are.

    In PLCs, we could obviously share these quizzes with each other, and use them in all common classes. We could also use Infuse to poll members of the PLC about meeting times, minor decisions related to content, etc.

    • You mention using Infuse to poll members of your PLC which I have done at some of my PD’s, great way to use it outside of the classroom!

  16. Setting up an account quickly, I could see some benefit with this, especially with the drawing image capability. It is similar to Kahoot that we just had as a challenge topic but this is nice to get a quick response with illustration! I think the kids would really enjoy this and when they submit, it is instant on the teacher’s computer! Thanks!

    • As a math teacher the drawing responses tool is what I utilized the most. It was great to give the kids an equation and using the draw response I could see all of the steps they took in solving the equation instead of just their answer, which is the case with many student response programs. I could see the draw response working well at the lower elementary levels as well.

  17. Infuse Education seems to have possibilities. However, there is not much information shared in the article above. So, I clicked the video link and received the error message about Educational Filters not allowing it to be seen. I then went to their website for more information. They offered a video too. When I clicked it, I got the same error message. So I reserve my opinion on how this might best be used in face-to-face or virtually. I am disappointed that EVSC places such limits on our ability to navigate possible sites that may be of benefit to educators.

    • Not sure why you are receiving an error message as I am able to watch the video without an issue. I will look into this as the program is great and I would hate for teachers to not give it a chance due to this issue.

    • Jo,
      I can see the video as well. The web filtering system is a legal necessity in education. Since it is not possible to manually screen all websites the filter we have in place does most of that for us. We do have protocols in place to open any educationally valid website (or video for that matter) if we are asked by a teacher. We also have the option in the EVSC to allow teachers to open individual websites for a short period of time for their students. Please try another computer to rule out a device issue. Email me at [email protected] if you continue to have issues.

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