Implementing and using formative assessment in everyday classroom activities is not difficult and it’s made even easier with the help of numerous digital tools. In our first post in the series, we shared some of the digital tools that can help facilitate formative assessment in the classroom; we covered rubrics and all student response systems. In this post, we’ll share digital tools that cover no hands up, feedback, and activating self and peers.
No Hands Up
+ BubbleSheet – Allows students to complete assignments, tests and quizzes using an iPod®, iPad® or iPhone®. Answers are viewed in real time by the teacher for lesson adjustments.
+ iLEAP Pick a Student – Helps the teacher pick a student from the class, and uses turn-based selection so every student is selected before a student is picked again. Supports multiple classes and has a number of selection options.
+ Random Name/Word Picker – This tool allows the teacher to input a class list and facilitates random name picking. You can also add a list of keywords and use the tool to have the class prompt a student to guess the word by providing definitions.
+ Pick Me! – An easy to use app for the iPod, iPad and iPhone that facilitates random student selection. Can be organized by class for convenience.
+ Formative Feedback for Learning – An iPad app that is designed to foster and encourage communication between students and teachers. Through a conference setting it uses icons to prompt discussions. Dylan Wiliam, our resident formative assessment expert, says, “Formative Feedback for Learning looks very useful. I can see myself recommending it to others.”
Activating Self and Peers
+ VoiceThread – Allows you to create and share conversations on documents, diagrams, videos, pictures or almost anything. This facilitates collaborative student discussion and work.
+ Vocaroo – A free service that allows users to create audio recordings without the need for software. You can easily embed the recording into slide shows, presentations, or websites. Great for collaborative group work and presentations.
+ QuickVoice Recorder – Another free voice recording app for the iPhone or iPad that allows you to record classes, discussions or other project audio files. You can sync your recordings to your computer easily for use in presentations.
+ AudioNote – A combination of a voice recorder and notepad that captures both audio and notes for student collaboration.
+ Padlet – Provides an essentially blank canvas for students to create and design collaborative projects. Great for brainstorming.
+ ThinkBinder – A collaboration tool that allows students to ask questions and discuss topics in a group, share, create and work together on almost any project.
+ iBrainstorm – An iPad app that allows students to collaborate on projects using a stylus or their finger on screen.
+ RabbleBrowser – An iPad app that allows a leader to facilitate a collaborative browsing experience.
+ InfuseLearning – A platform by which teachers can engage all students on any device, getting valuable formative feedback along the way.
These are just some of the many digital tools out there that can facilitate formative assessment in the classroom, giving students and teachers what they need to meet learning targets. In our last blog in the series, we’ll wrap up and share some tools designed to elicit evidence of student learning.
Have you or your teachers used any of these tools? Share your experiences below or add to the list with digital tools you’ve used with success.
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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