We’ve blogged numerously on classroom formative assessment strategies that can be implemented easily into everyday classroom activities. All of the formative assessment blogs we’ve done to date can be categorized into various types, to include:
- All student response systems
- No hands up
- Activating self and peers
- Eliciting evidence of student learning
Within each of these formative assessment categories, there are digital tools that can help facilitate the assessment, most of which are free or affordable. In this blog we’ll identify and share digital tools for the first two categories, and we’ll cover tools for the other categories in subsequent blog posts.
ForAllRubrics – This software is free for all teachers and allows you to import, create and score rubrics on your iPad, tablet or smartphone. You can collect data offline with no internet access, compute scores automatically and print or save the rubrics as a PDF or spreadsheet.
All Student Response Systems
- BubbleSheet – An app that allows students to complete assignments and common assessments using an iPhone or iPad Quizzes up to 10 questions are free.
- SMART Response VE (for SMARTboards) – A cloud-based software that enables students to respond to planned and spontaneous questions and take quizzes using any of their favorite Internet-enabled devices, from anywhere.
- Socrative – Engaging exercises and games that engage students using smartphones, laptops and tablets.
- Google Forms – A Google Drive app that allows you to create documents that students can collaborate on in real time using smartphones, tablets and laptops.
- I>Clicker – A device that helps facilitate all student response to polls, questions and other teacher-led discussions.
- Mentimeter – Allows you to use mobile phones or tablets to vote on any question a teacher asks, increasing student engagement.
- PollDaddy – Quick and easy way to create online polls, quizzes and questions. Students can use smartphones, tablets, and computers to provide their answers and information can be culled for reports.
These are just a handful of the many options out there for teachers as they implement rubrics and all student response systems. These formative assessment techniques can help engage the entire class in deeper thinking and discussion, while informing the teacher on student understanding and comprehension.
Share some of your digital formative assessment tools below, and stay tuned for more ideas as we explore ways to implement formative assessment in the classroom.
Kathy Dyer is a Sr. Curriculum Specialist for NWEA, designing and developing learning opportunities for partners and internal staff. Formerly a Professional Development Consultant for NWEA, she coached teachers and school leadership and provided professional development focused on assessment, data, and leadership. In a career that includes 20 years in the education field, she has also served as a district achievement coordinator, principal, and classroom teacher. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado Denver.
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