NWEA recognizes formative assessment practice as an important component of assessment literacy and an integral part of teaching and learning. We’ve gone so far as to define it this way:
Formative assessment: formal and informal processes and tools used by teachers and students to gather evidence for the purpose of adjusting ongoing teaching and learning to improve student achievement.
That said the “purist” in me tends to lean more to the “processes” piece than the “tools.” Probably in part because of the confusion present in education about formative assessment as pedagogy versus a product you buy or a test you create. However, there is a connection between both.
We’ve generated a list of a variety of digital tools that make formative assessment easy, interesting and engaging. My thought was that perhaps collecting a list of only those tools that help teachers create quizzes might also be useful. There is some overlap between the two lists, but this one focuses solely on those digital tools which offer free accounts and allow you to create quizzes. (Be aware that some of the tools on this list allow you to create other useful resources as well.)
- 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.
- GoSoapBox – Free for less than 30 students, this all student response system works with the BYOD model, so there’s no charge for a clicker, and teachers can create quick quizzes and polls. One of the most intriguing features for me is the Confusion Meter.
- Kahoot – A game-based classroom response system, where teachers can create quizzes using Internet content.
- Naiku – Teachers can easily and quickly create quizzes that students can answer using their mobile device. Great for checking for understanding before and after a lesson.
- 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.
- ProProfs – Build and test knowledge with quick quizzes, polls and surveys.
- Quia – Teachers can create games, quizzes, surveys and more, and access a database of existing quizzes from other educators.
- Quizlet – Create flashcards, tests, quizzes and study games that are engaging and accessible online and via a mobile device.
- Socrative – Engaging exercises and games that engage students using smartphones, laptops and tablets.
- Yacapaca! – Allows teachers to create and assign quizzes with ease.
- BubbleSheet – An app that allows students to complete assignments and common assessments using an iPhone or iPad Quizzes up to 10 questions are free.
- Google Forms – A Google Drive app that allows you to create quizzes and documents that students can collaborate on in real time using smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The mobile and digital tools that teachers and students have access to is vast and provide the classroom with rich, interactive opportunities to assess for learning. While formative assessment truly is pedagogy, there are tools that can help bring it to life in the classroom.
What other tools out there can help teachers create quizzes? Share them in the comments section below.