I’m not sure how much you can relate, but I can most definitely remember the anguish I would have when I walked into class and learned of the “pop quiz” that I was about to undergo. I never ever walked away from a “pop-quiz” and felt that I learned anything from that situation except that I did not enjoy being unprepared.
Formative assessments are not about gotcha-ing students. They are about guiding where instruction needs to go next for each student. We should use them frequently, while or after kids learn a new idea, concept, or process. When you are on your way to the Big End Project (or summative assessment) and students have just learned a piece or a step toward the end, check to see if they’ve got it.
There is certainly not a shortage of online tools for distributing quizzes to students and watching their responses in real-time. If you would like to avoid using the tired old quiz, check out today’s Tech-Tip for a few new ways to check for understanding. (1)
Formative is a free, web-based student response and assessment tool for the classroom. After a tutorial, teachers can upload or create assignments that let students type, enter numbers, draw (with a mouse or their finger, depending on the device), upload an image, or answer multiple-choice questions. Teachers can create classes (manually or by filling out a template spreadsheet) and then distribute their assignments to students through classes (including Google Classroom) or via an access code. Students can use accounts (which allows teachers to track their progress over time) or choose to respond without logging in. Teachers can watch their students’ responses arrive in real time via the teacher dashboard, and teachers can send back grades (manually our automatically) and also send longer narrative responses in reply. (2)
After teachers create an account, they receive an automatically generated email from the company’s co-founder and CEO (who is a former teacher) with links to a step-by-step walkthrough and a page of YouTube tutorials. A blog linked from the developer’s website offers further assistance. (2)
The best feature of Formative is the option to create “show your work” type questions. “Show your work” questions enables students to draw responses and or upload pictures as responses to your questions. When you use this question type students will see a blank canvas directly below the question where they can draw and or type responses. (3)
The best part is…IT’S FREE! Check out this short video for a bit more information.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about implementing any type of technology in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by submitting a Technology Integration Ticket on the Talawanda Web Portal. Have a great day!