Digital Technology Tools for Implementing Formative Assessment – Post Three

Digital Technology Tools for Implementing Formative Assessment – Post ThreeIn our first two posts on digital technology tools for implementing formative assessment in the classroom, we’ve shared tools that covered rubrics and student response systems and no hands up, feedback, and activating self and peers. In this, our final post, we’ll provide you with some digital technology tools that can help educators elicit evidence of student learning – one of the cornerstones of effective formative assessment.


Eliciting Evidence of Student Learning

+ iThoughts – This mind mapping app for Apple’s iFamily® is a great visual tool to help you brainstorm ideas, plan projects and themes, and set goals. As students discuss ideas and possible answers to discussions, educators can visually see the path that their thinking takes, helping to understand how students are learning.

+ XMind – A mind mapping software for use on computers and laptops.

+ Coggle – A mind mapping tool designed to understand student thinking.

+ Conceptboard – This software facilitates team collaboration in a visual format – similar to mind mapping, but using visual and textual inputs. Compatible on tablets and PCs, Conceptboard can work from multiple devices.

+ TodaysMeet – This online collaboration tool allows educators to create a “room” in which students can share ideas, answers and thoughts to lectures and lessons. Educators can view student responses in real time for evidence of learning.

+ Five Card Flickr – Designed to foster visual thinking, this tool uses the tag feature from photos in Flickr.

+ Ask3 – This app for the iPad allows students and teachers to collaborate on lessons both in and outside of the classroom. Questions can be posted to specific classrooms set up in the app, and students can add their thoughts, answers, and thinking to the whiteboard.

+ AnswerGarden – A tool for online brainstorming or polling, educators can use this real time tool to see student feedback on questions.

Together with our first two posts, we’ve shared 22 digital tools that can help you implement effective formative assessment into classrooms, giving teachers and students a way to meet learning targets. There are many more digital tools out there and we’d love to hear what one’s you’ve used in your classrooms or schools, so share in the comments section below.

Photo credit to Brad Flickinger.