Formative assessment provides feedback to teachers and students in the course of learning rather than afterwards (summative assessment). Immediate feedback from tech tools allows instruction to be adjusted just in time to better meet learner needs. Most tools —but not all— depend on learners to access a device and internet. Some are meant to be used by a class all at the same time, while others can be used individually by learners anytime, anywhere. Some popular tools include gaming.
Connectivity & Access
Tools such as Remind, EZTexting, and Poll Everywhere allow for students to answer questions through SMS texting, an effective strategy that doesn’t require the internet nor a smartphone. Plickers allow for whole class formative assessment simply through the use of an instructor’s smartphone.
Embedding & Integration
A number of assessment tools can be integrated into other online learning tools you already may be using. Tools such as Quizlet and Padlet allow you to embed the interactivity directly into a website or LMS page, making the user experience seamless as students engage with instructional content.
Variety & Open Response
More than just multiple choice, tools such as wooclap offer interactivities including prioritization, sorting, and locating information on an image to increase learner engagement Tools such as Padlet and Facebook Groups provide a simple way for you to ask open-ended questions get immediate feedback.
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