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Summative 2.0: Tech Tools to Aid Assessing Students


Much has been discussed on what methods are used to assess our students. What tools are we using? Are we assessing both in a formative and summative way? The biggest challenge is just how can we vary our assessments so students aren't intimidated by them, nor are they repetitive enough that they aren't taken as seriously. There are, of course the common assessment tools, but the following tech tools can be used to not only switch up your ways of assessing, but engage your students in the process.


Classtools.net has a variety of different programs that are beneficial for teachers to use. However, a few assessment related tools would be the countdown timer or the random name generator. This program could easily be used as a formative or summative assessment.


Edpuzzle allows you to insert YouTube videos and ask questions or prompt discussion at different points of the video. Another benefit is that this site connects seamlessly with Google Classroom making assigning these videos even easier. The flexibility of this program makes it suitable for both formative and summative assessments.

Go SoapBox

Similar to may of the other tools, this is best described as a combination of them. Go Soapbox allows teachers ask questions, take polls, or even create quizzes. This can all be done in real time, as class is happening. If you're wanting a tool that engages your students more than they have before, check out Go SoapBox. Due to its countless options, this can be used for both formative and summative assessments.


The best way to describe Padlet is like a collaborative bulletin board. A teacher posts a topic and then students “post” their responses on a Padlet. An assessment use of this would be as an exit slip to gauge student learning, making for a quick glance feedback opportunity. This would make a terrific formative assessment tool.


Very similar to Kahoot, this is a game based assessment program that engages students immediately. The main difference is that Quizizz displays the quiz questions on a single screen and students don’t see the overall leaderboard until the very end. A major benefit in using Quizizz is that there is a lot less chaos than Kahoot, even though it is essentially doing the exact same thing. Use this as a formative or a summative assessment to assess your students.

Additional Assessment Resources

These are, by no means, all of the effective tools and methods of assessment. If you're interested in additional resources, this Google Doc that I created offers up even more. Plus, it links to an even longer Google Sheet that lists more yet!

If you've ever wanted to discuss more about assessment, this evening's Ditch That Textbook (#ditchbook) Twitter chat will be focused on assessment and ways we can better these for our students. Feel free to join the chat tonight at 9PM CST using the hashtag #ditchbook.

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