4 Formative Assessments every teacher needs

This week as I researched about formative assessment, I came across an interesting article that discusses 4 formative assessments that every good teacher should be using.  It developed and explained the 4 different categories and also added in some interesting technology that could be used to meet these formative assessment needs.

  1. Clarify the learner: What do we want the learner to know.  Give them clear targets so that they are able to tell if they have met the goals of their learning.  Lino is a virtual cork board where the students can post sticky notes to ask questions, clarify goals, or can be used as an exit slip.  Thought this was a cool way for students and or teachers to communicate.
  2. Elicit evidence: How do we know where students are in their learning.  It is important to be gathering information on a regular basis allows the teacher to better understand the students learning needs.  Discusses KaHoot as being a good way to do this, which we have discussed in class before.
  3. Providing feedback: Important for the students to know what they need to work on next.  Feedback must be timely and consistent so that students understand what is expected and what they need to work on for the future.  Formative feedback for learning is an app that allows students and teachers to conference together through the app and elicit discussions.
  4. Activating learners: How to encourage students to want to learn on their own and be a resource to their peers.  Having students be involved in their learning has many benefits.  An interesting way to involve students and monitor their understanding is for each student to have a green, yellow, and red cup on their desks that they use to let the teacher or their peers know when they need more help or explaining on what they are learning.



5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

I read the article Five Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools.


It says one way is Socrative, which creates quick quizzes for students to complete. It can be done independently or as a group. The teacher mentioned that she split her class into two teams. I think this is a great way to motivate the students and have them participate. This site also offers percentages that can be used for a grade. However, I think it is important to not have all quizzes actually count as a grade, but rather used for the teacher to check the student’s performance level. The site Kahoot, portrays quizzes as more of a game. Students can also create flashcards and watch educational videos.I think Zaption is great tool, in which students watch videos and answer questions within the video. This enforces the student to pay attention, but also not to be just focused on listening for an answer since they do not know the questions beforehand. As the article mentions, I agree that backchannel chat tools are useful. They create high participation formats. Lastly, Plickers and Mobile scanners are a helpful tool because students answers are not shared with anyone except the teacher.

Chatzy and other Formative Assessment Technologies

As we all have learned, formative assessment is vital in order for teachers to understand if their students are attaining the content information and if your instruction is reaching your students. It is important to know if students are understanding the content so that teachers can address any confusion before moving on. In this article, the teacher presents the importance of actually having students do problems or show their understanding somehow rather than simply asking “Do you guys understand this?” The teacher had asked the class if they understood her lesson on binary numbers, which her students all responded yes, but when providing a problem to her students, only two got it right.

This article provides several formative assessment technologies that can assist teachers in checking for understanding. We have already used formative assessment tools like kahoot in class, but another cool idea is to use chat tools to start up conversation. One example is Chatzy. Using this technology tool, a teacher can open up a classroom with her students and students can contribute to the conversation. The website is fairly simple to use; however, it does require each student to have their own device with access to the internet. A teacher may use this as formative assessment by asking students to contribute something they have learned when the teacher is teaching a lesson or having students answer questions she asks with this device. Check out the other devices posted in the article!!


Formative Assessment: Kahoot

Formative assessment is obviously extremely important in teaching. Small check-ins, quizzes or discussions help students see how they are doing with the material and also help instructors gauge their student’s abilities. Summative assessments are simply not enough because a student could already be too far behind and it’s too late for a teacher to realize that his/her teaching style needs to be altered. I think that Kahoot is an amazing tool for teachers. Kahoot allows teachers to create a fun learning game in a matter of minutes with custom multiple choice questions. They can add videos and pictures to enhance the game. Kahoots promote student engagement in the classroom because students are able to answer on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. Kahoot eliminates some of the stress of assessment by making it fun. It also provides instant feedback. A student can see immediately if they were correct or not, while however not showing their answer to the whole class. The teacher also gets the feedback on who answered what. I firsthand have experienced from the student’s perspective the benefits of Kahoot. For example, using it for a review game in class really showed me that I needed to do a lot of studying for the upcoming test. I can defiantly see myself using this useful learning tool in my future classroom.

Go make your own Kahoot @ https://getkahoot.com !

Tech and Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a way for teachers to track student understanding. Technology today has made monitoring progress easier than ever, and allows for teachers to improve their instruction. Programs have the ability to collect data continuously and adapt formative assessments accordingly. Teachers can now utilize technology to get data instantly through games, apps, videos, and task sheets. One educational tech program is Kaboot.it. This program allows students to see who answered correctly, and who answered first. The students sign into your class using a game pin you provide them, making it quick and painless to set up.

I am not sure i agree with allowing students to be able to see who answered first. That concerns me because it may make students rush to answer and not really think through the question. I do not mind them being able to see who answered correctly. Kaboot.it is just one of many programs that use similar features.



Formative Assessments


Formative assessments monitor students progress during the learning process. Using these assessments are extremely necessary to hold a successful, progressive classroom. The information that is gathered through these assessments are helpful for the teacher to identify the areas of difficulty for each student. Using this information, teachers can adjust their approach to teaching while helping students adjust their studying methods. Vicki Davis states in her article, 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools, “Test scores should never be a surprise. You don’t need to be a mind reader.” I find this to be very interesting. As teachers, our job is not to be mind readers and know right off the bat who will understand specific material and who will not. We need to be resourceful and use technology integrated with formative assessment to capitalize on our students abilities and strengthen their weaknesses. We should always be familiar with where are students are at and formative assessments will help us do this.

This past semester we used Kahoot within my civ seminar. We built a quiz based on the material for the week and completed the quiz as a class. Students were able to join in with their computers or cell phones and compete against each other for points. The teacher can see who answered what question correctly which is important in the formative assessment process. Kahoot also allows students to create flashcards or embed videos for a review session if needed. I like Kahoot because it was extremely interactive, super fun, competitive, and easy to use. My seminar loved it because it was something different that we could all engage in as a group!

Socrative: Formative Assessment App Review


One of my English teachers in High School stumbled upon the app Socrative.  Being a 1:1 iPad high school, my teachers were able to incorporate a large amount of technology into the classroom.  At the beginning of each class, my teacher would give us a reading quiz from the night before.  Typically, this quiz was on paper.  With the creation of this app, my teacher was able to see the results from our quizzes immediately, and even easily complete achievement comparisons within the class.

When looking at the Socrative website, teachers are able to manage multiple classes at one time, and even share their quizzes with other teachers.  Specific quizzes and exit slips can be “matched” with Common Core State Standards, showing other teachers what standards a specific quiz meets.

I would definitely recommend it, from a student perspective and a teacher perspective!