Formative Assessment & Technology
What is Formative Assessment?
- Gives teachers information to drive instruction
- Provides ongoing feedback
- Helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses
Formative Assessment Tools
Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot, except the questions appear on the students' devices.
Let's try it out!
- On your device or laptop, open quizizz.com.
- Click Join a Game.
- Enter the Game Code the teacher provides and click Go.
- Type in your name and click Join Game.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Take a look at some of our favorite Quizizz features:
- Easily create a quiz by using questions from multiple public quizzes
- Math symbols
- Highlight keywords with red, green or blue text
- Make your own Memes
Quizizz released two great features:
- Read Aloud on browsers: Earlier we had read aloud only on the apps. Now it also works on browsers (on desktop/laptops as well as mobile device browsers).
- Flashcard mode: This is a new mode that has been added for students. After they complete a game, they can review the questions using Flashcards.
Gimkit was created by high school students and is similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, except the students play for “money” instead of points. The free version allows you to have 5 Kits (games) in your account. The paid version allows for unlimited Kits and edits and includes other features. The Pro version is $59.88 a year or $7.99 per month. School and bulk discounts are available. Wa5ch for changes in the pricing structure in the near future.
Gimkit includes a library of Kits from users. You can create your own Kit by typing in the questions and answers or you can upload questions from Quizlet or a CSV file.
Let's give it a try! Open gimkit.com/play and enter the code on the screen.
Let's give it a try!
- Open quizlet.live.
- Type in the code the teacher has given you.
- Type in your name.
- Quizlet Live will assign you a team. Find your teammates and get together.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Quizlet recently released Individual Mode. Your students can now play this game even if they are not physically in the same room.
Silent Quizlet Live
Don't let your students move into their groups or talk during this game style. They have to rely on the others in their group to know the answers!
Quizlet Live Relay Style
We love Quizlet Live, but playing Relay Style really makes it exciting. The devices for each team are all placed in one location. Students on a team line up and only one person at a time can go to the devices and answer a question. Once a question has been answered, the next student goes to the devices and answers the next question. Watch this video to see how it in action!
Flipgrid is a video response tool that is used to create discussions among all students within your classroom. Teachers post a topic or question via text or video and the students respond to the prompt. Flipgrid also gives students the ability to comment on their classmates' responses.
- All of your videos are located in one location.
- You can Freeze a Topic to continue sharing the videos but prevent new recordings.
- Student comments can be turned on or off.
- Have students draw pictures of characters in a book or story then create a talking picture of their character in ChatterPix. Upload the ChatterPix file to Flipgrid.
- Use the filters in Snapchat to create a video to upload into Flipgrid.
- Explain a Science experiment.
- Tell how to solve a math equation step-by-step.
- Have teachers create a video introducing themselves and their class to new students.
- Have students welcome new students to their school.
- Exit Tickets
- Book Talks
- Padlet of Flipgrid ideas
- 15+ Ways to Use Flipgrid in Your Class
- Tony Vincent's Review of Flipgrid - with helpful tips
- Using @Flipgrid in Online #APCalculus to Allow Students to Verbalize Their Thinking Process
- Teacher and Student Guides
- Searchable Help Center
- Flipgrid Blog
- Flipgrid on Twitter
- Flipgrid on Facebook
- Flipgrid help for Students & Parents
- Flipgrid YouTube Channel
- Flipgrid Response Cheat Sheet
Create a QR Code
Create a QR Code that links to your Grid or Topic! Click the Share option and choose QR Code.
Topic Discovery Library
Share and find Topic templates that have been submitted by educators from around the world. All subject areas and grade levels are included. You can find these under Discovery in the Menu Bar.
A Flipgrid Fliphunt is an engaging way to get your students moving and having fun while exploring the curriculum. It is basically a video-based scavenger hunt using Flipgrid. Follow the creator of Fliphunts, Kathi Kersznowski - @kerszi.
- You can find Fliphunts by subject area at this community crowdsourced grid.
- Also, search the Disco Library (at the top of your Flipgrid page) for Fliphunts!
Examples and Ideas:
- Conference Fliphunt
- Geometry Fliphunt
- Skeletal System Fliphunt
- Staff Fliphunt
- Geometric Scavenger Hunt
- Parent-Teacher Conference
- Zoo Fliphunt
- Student Conference
- PE Fliphunt
Padlet is a virtual wall/bulletin board that allows students to create a sticky note to express their thoughts on a common topic. It can also be used as a collaborative tool like the activity in the Google Slides section. Padlet allows us to post text, links, images, and a wide variety of files including video.
Shelf - Posts can be sorted into a series of labeled columns
- Canvas - Move posts around free-form style
Collaborate and assess with Reactions. Grade, star, upvote, or like posts - a simple way to give quantitative feedback. Read more about Reactions here.
You can now highlight text in your posts.
Categorize posts with Colors. Customize your posts one of five colors. Learn more about Colors here.
Seamlessly link your pages to an LMS. Learn more here.
Matt Miller from Ditch That Textbook has published this article,
Padlet recently released Timeline and Maps formats.
- The Life Cycle of a Butterfly Timeline
- The Legacy of Ancient Greece Timeline
- Dinosaur Time Periods Timeline
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Map
- Countries I've Visited Map
Other Padlet Examples:
Nearpod is an engaging presentation tool that allows students to be actively involved in the lesson. Nearpod also gives teachers the ability to assess learners’ understanding throughout the lesson using multiple types of activities.
Are you ready to learn something new?
- Open nearpod.com.
- Click on the Enter CODE button.
- Type in the Code the teacher gives you.
- Wait for the teacher to begin.
Nearpod also has an App for most devices!
EdPuzzle allows teachers to choose or upload a video and customize it by and add questions to create an engaging interactive lesson.
- Open EdPuzzle.com.
- Click Login and select I’m a New Student.
- If you do not have an account, select Sign Up at the bottom of the screen. (no email required). You can fill in the info or sign up with your Google or Edmodo account.
- Click Join.
- Type in the Code the teacher gives you.
- Click Join the Class.
- Choose the Blue Start Button under the video.
- Click the Play button to begin the assignment.
For directions on how to effectively use That Quiz, check out Mathy Cathy's Blog post.
The Screencastify Chrome Extension is a great way to allow students the ability to demonstrate and create visually with their voice. Stella Pollard wrote this blog post about using Screencastify in different subject areas.
- Directions for finding and adding Chrome Extensions can be found here.
- This one-hour video course by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook), will show you ins and outs of Screencastify and some of Matt’s favorite ways to screencast in the classroom.
- Alice Keeler has created a 45-minute Screencastify Genius Course
- 3 Screencastify Features You Probably Didn't Know About by Jake Miller
- Using Screencastify to Improve Student Annotations by Kristi Moore
3 Assignment Ideas for Screencastify Submit by Laura Litton
Super Screencastify Activities for Schools by Eric Curts
Other Video/Screencasting Tools:
- Adobe Spark (website and app)
- Soapbox (Chrome Extension)
- Clips - iOS App
- Screencast-O-Matic - This screencasting tool is available on Chromebook, Mac, and Windows and has free and paid versions.
- Loom - Works on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks and has free and paid versions. More about Loom: Info and Tutorials for Educators
- Soapbox (Chrome Extension)
Google Forms are easy for teachers to create and they allow timely feedback from the students. What a great way to show student growth!
AutoDraw lets you turn your doodling into art! Use this Google whiteboard tool to draw your best picture of something and the machine learning algorithms try to figure out what you are attempting to draw. It then matches your doodles, squiggles and lines with drawings in its database. The possible matches will be displayed in a list at the top of your drawing canvas. If you like one of those options, you simply click on it and AutoDraw replaces your drawing with the selected image. You have the option to download or share your picture by clicking on the 2 horizontal lines in the top left corner of your canvas.
Google Drawings has so many classroom applications and this is one idea that can be used in any subject area and grade level.
The following directions are for creating a picture of yourself with 3 different callouts containing a fact about yourself.
- Open Drive.
- Select New, More and choose Google Drawings.
- Change the title from untitled drawing to your first and last name.
- Go to Insert → Image and find the picture you want to use.
- Select Insert → Shape → Callouts.
- Choose one of the callouts.
- Drag the callout to desired location and type in your first fact.
- Drag the yellow dot (located at the tip of the point) to move the point of the callout.
- While the callout is selected, click on the Fill tool and change the color.
- Create 2 more callouts for the other facts.
- You can change the alignment, font, font size and color, etc. of the text, if desired.
- Click Insert →Text Box to add your name to your picture. Drag your text box to the desired location. Change the font and the font size and color so that it is clearly visible.
- Go to File and select Download As → JPEG.
Describe yourself at the beginning of the year.
What was Washington thinking when he crossed the Delaware?
How would you describe a parallelogram?
What are five important facts about an animal cell?
And More Info on Formative Assessment!
The following blogs and articles include more formative assessment tools and strategies that can be used in classrooms.
- Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered
- Know Students Better: A Visual Guide to Formative Assessment Tools
- Take Three! 75 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success
- Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools
- Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment
- 10 Ways to Use Backchannels in Your Classroom
- 5 Tools For Giving Students Narrative Feedback
- Formative Assessments are Easier Than You Think
- Digital Tools for Implementing Formative Assessment
- Creating a Quiz or Taking a Poll on the iPad
- 35 Digital Tools to Create Simple Quizzes
- 7 Good Student Response Systems