First Published Sunday, October 4, 2015
Hi everyone! Hope your school year is off to a great start. One of my professional goals is to understand and implement formative assessment in my classroom. The purpose behind formative assessment is to work smarter not harder, have students take more control of their own learning, and to broaden horizons on how assessment can be used to foster growth for all students. Many of us are doing many formative assessments every day and using this information to make instructional decisions to best help our students. There are also a variety of traditional and non-tradition tools that can be used to carry out this process.
Teachers have access to a wide range of technology based assessment tools. Here are a few that I have used:
Today’s Meet https://todaysmeet.com/
This tool allows one to create a backchannel during class to pose questions and get feedback on topics talked about in class.
This tool allows one to create quick multiple choice, true and false, and short answer questions. Teachers get valuable real time and spreadsheet data to help individualize instruction and students get instant feedback on their work. Exit ticket and game options also available.
Great for the class that may not have access to technology. Plickers is short for paper clickers. Students get cards with QR codes on them. To choose a selection they simply rotate the card to choose A,B,C, or D. The teacher uses a mobile device to scan student selections to gain valuable student response data.
Allows you to create a wall that your students can post questions and samples to and teachers can curate student posts.
Is a great quiz game style tool that allows you to interact with your students and have them participate in meaning formative assessments in a fun way – can create own quizzes or access robust public pre-made quizzes.
This is a new one that I have recently found and have used. Can even import pdfs of quizzes in and annotate questions to including written response which allows to see student work.
I have found these tools to be very useful on their own or coupled with mini-white boards, checklists and other non-technology based formative assessment practices. Formative assessment has powerful repercussions in the classroom. I hope this article reminded you of a few tools that are out there or maybe introduced you to a new one. Please let me know if there are any I forgot or if you have any questions. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on twitter @vendi55. Past articles can be found at http://teachertechtalkwithdean.blogspot.ca/
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.