We’ve all had those moments in the classroom when we think the students understand, but as it turns out, most really don’t. As teachers, we feel frustrated. Students probably even more so. We can avoid lengthy reteaching lessons by conducting quick formative assessments. We can move beyond the exit tickets and the “show of hands” scenarios with some incredible online tools. There are so many great tools out there, so here are just a few.
Formative lets teachers create digital assignments for free. After assignment is created, students access by a “quick code” or a unique URL. Syncs with Google Classroom! Teachers see responses in real time. Includes a “show your work” option, which lets students create freehand answers -- they can draw what they learned or show their work on a math problem! Use your existing Google account.
Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens. The free app allows you to quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Students access your activities by entering your Socrative classroom name. Use your existing Google account.
Kahoot is a popular class quiz game that students and teachers enjoy. Students access your quizzes by entering a unique code; they can also make their own to share with the class. Teacher shows questions via projector; students see answers on their devices. Inspiring ways to Kahoot!
Spiral transforms any classroom into a live learning space. Activities include “Quickfire” formative assessments, “Team Up” collaborations, “Discuss” interactive presentations, and “Clip” video quizzes. Syncs with Google apps! Use your existing Google account.
As I said, there are a ton of web tools. Here are some more awesome lists:
- Tony Vincent made a great list of 17 Tools for Formative Assessment
- Kathy Dyer cultivated a list of 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success
- Common Sense Education has their own list of Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment
How are you using formative assessments in your classroom? Tell us in the comments!