Technology and Formative Assessment

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD


Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding.

Students will join a room by going to link


Ask thought provoking questions which motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting.

Students will join a game by going to link

Formative assessment a ubiquitous aspect of classroom activity and is rarely a discreet event; It involves students at work and teachers listening to what they say (Hogan, Nastasi, and Pressley, 2000).


For classrooms with access to mobile devices, PC's, Chromebooks or Macs, Nearpod is a complete solution to manage what everyone sees on their screens. With Nearpod, teachers can create and download interactive multimedia presentations, share content and assessments in real time, monitor classroom activity, and easily control students' devices.


Generate automatically graded online tests with 4 questions types. Great for professionals and K-12! No need to register to create tests.


Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

Formative assessment is being clear with criteria, and making sure the criteria capture and reflect what counts in the subject area (Resnick & Resnick, 1991)

Google Form and Flubaroo

Google Forms - the quizzes can even be self-grading by adding in the proper "if statements" in the underlying spreadsheet. Google Forms allows you to create many different types of questions, automatically collects usernames, sends data to a spreadsheet, self-grading options such as "if statements" but if you use a tool called Flubaroo it is even easier to grade them. Google makes it easy to graph results as well. Google Forms also has many public templates with some quizzes that have already been made, you can use and modify them. Google Forms works with other Google Apps, you can either send the quiz to students via their mail, or embed the quiz in your Google Site.

Poll Everywhere

For class sizes of 30 or less it is free and unlimited. Its great for polling your class for opinion and understanding. The results can be embedded into a PowerPoint presentation or web page and update in real time. responses can be submitted via text message, Twiitter or web. It's the favorite tool of many teachers for creating pools.

Stick Pick

This is an app that you can download. it costs 3.99. Input your students names and it will randomly choose a name. Also, it will give you questions to use for that students based on the level of Bloom's.

Classtools: Random Name Generator

Enter your students names and this site will randomly choose a name. You can also enter vocabulary words and use this like a headbandz game where one student looks at the word and tries to describe it without saying the word while the partner tries to guess the word.

Random number generator example:

QR code Quiz

Input a series of questions and answers to get a quiz. Students don't need web access to participate.

Formative assessment involves analyzing student work in light of criteria and paying attention to what they are thinking, attending as much to their reasoning as to what they don't understand. It involves engaging students as active participants in an assessment activity or conversation, so that it becomes something they do, not merely something done to them (Duschl and Gitomer, 1997; White and Frederiksen, 1998).

Across different subjects, in different countries, across all achievement levels and with all ages, the use of formative assessment can increase the rate of student learning by some 50 to 100%. The highest gains are observed with lower achieving students (Leahy & Wiliam, 2012).


From Simple Twitter Polls to Powerful Web Surveys. Social Media Feedback Tool.

Realtime Board

Realtime Board is very similar to Padlet. It is a virtual whiteboard where students who have the code can write comments, upload files, pictures, videos, etc. Students can participate in a live chat or video conference while on this site. (Padlet does not have the video conference option.)




This is a virtual whiteboard where students who have the code can write comments, upload files, pictures, videos, etc.



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