Formative Assessment & Technology

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What is Formative Assessment?

  • Gives teachers information to drive instruction
  • Provides ongoing feedback
  • Helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses
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Formative Assessment Tools


Kahoot! is a game-based website that allows teachers to create games with multiple choice questions for the students to answer. The session is played as a quiz with game show music and points awarded to students based on speed and accuracy. After each question is answered, a graph displays how the group did as a whole. The top five places are also shown after each question.

Are you ready to have some fun?

  • On your device or laptop, open
  • Enter the Pin number projected on the screen and click Enter.
  • Type in your name and click Join Game.
  • Wait for the teacher to begin the game.

Good Luck!

Click here to download a Kahoot! tutorial.

The Team Mode is another great feature of Kahoot! Learn more about this new feature here.

Use Answer Streak Bonus with any Kahoot! Game to reward accuracy! This should help alleviate students quickly guessing an answer just to get more points.

Kahoot! has released a new mobile app (IOS and Android) that allows the students to view the questions and answer choices on their device.
The first item to note in the mobile app is that your students will now see the questions and answer choices on the same screen. This provides the ability to give your students a “play at home” option. This new option is called Challenge


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
  • 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.

Good Luck!

Take a look at some of our favorite Quizizz features:

  • Easily create a quiz by using questions from multiple public quizzes
  • Math symbols
  • Highlight key words with red, green or blue text
  • Make your own Memes

Take a look at some of my 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 Tutorials

Quizizz has a new feature that allows the question and answer choices to be read aloud using the Quizizz Student app. The app is also available from the Google Play Store.


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.

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 and enter the code on the screen.

Quizlet Live

Quizlet has created a new program that turns your flashcards into a live, multi-player, review game.
Let's give it try!
  • Open
  • 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.


Spiral is a collaborative suite of tools for the classroom.

Quickfire - Use Quickfire as a formative assessment tool to see what the whole class is thinking.

Discuss - Allows the teacher to create interactive presentations to spark creativity in class.

Team Up - Teams of students can create and share collaborative presentations from linked devices.

Clip - Turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes

Let's try Quickfire!

  • Open
  • The code is RXHWY


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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Ideas/Tutorials/Blog Posts:

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.


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.

New from Padlet:

Padlet has added new formats:

  • 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,

    20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now.



Are you ready to learn something new?

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
  • 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!


Socrative is an online student assessment tool that works on any Internet-connected device. The site includes the ability to administer a quiz, play a game or give an Exit Ticket.

  • Go to
  • The room number is football.
  • Wait for the teacher to start the quiz!

Socrative 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.

  1. Open
  2. Click Login and select I’m a New Student.
  3. 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.
  4. Click Join.
  5. Type in the Code the teacher gives you.
  6. Click Join the Class.
  7. Choose the Blue Start Button under the video.
  8. Click the Play button to begin the assignment.

That Quiz

Use That Quiz to create online customizable quizzes to allow students to practice skills and determine strengths and weaknesses. That Quiz is especially good for math classes, but it does have activities for science, geography, foreign language and vocabulary.

For directions on how to effectively use That Quiz, check out Mathy Cathy's Blog post.

Creating Videos

Students can create videos to demonstrate their understanding of a topic or idea.

Animoto - Available as an app or on the Internet. Click here to view an Animoto video demonstrating the understanding of a new vocabulary word.

Other Video Creation Tools

Soapbox (Chrome Extension)

TYPITO - (Website)

Go Formative (also known as Formative)

Go Formative is an assessment tool where students can type, draw, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding.

Let's Get Acquainted!
  • Open
  • Enter the Quick Code your teacher gives you in the top, right of the screen and click Go.
  • Click Continue Without Logging In at the bottom of the screen.
  • Enter your first and last name and click Begin.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Click Submit.

Google Forms

Google Forms are easy for teachers to create and they allow timely feedback from the students. What a great way to show student growth!

Poll Everywhere

You've probably used Poll Everywhere in a workshop or with your students, but have you seen the results posted in a word cloud? Get your phone out and discover this neat feature!

Read more about using word clouds in Poll Everywhere here.

Formative Assessment Tools Using 1 Computer or Device


Flipquiz is a Jeopardy-style game that is great for reviewing information. Divide your class into two teams and start playing! Flipquiz is ideal for interactive whiteboards, but it will work with a computer and a projector.

Let's test our knowledge on the Fine Arts!


Don't have enough devices for all students? Then Plickers might be the tool for you!
You only need the Plickers app downloaded on one IOS or Android device to scan the student responses. Let's try it out!
Read more about Plickers here.
Check out lots of info on Plickers here.


Flippity allows users to create an online Jeopardy-style game show quiz.
Click here for easy directions on how to create a Flippity Game Show Quiz. You can post a picture in the game board by copying the image URL and pasting it in the appropriate cell.

Click here to take a Flippity Quiz.

Flippity also has a flashcard module that uses Google Spreadsheets to build the cards.

Stick Pick

The Stick Pick App ($3.99) is a powerful tool that displays “question stems” that are uniquely tied to each learner’s cognitive or English language ability level.

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