Thursday, October 27, 2016

Formative Assessment Made Easy with Technology

The last few weeks I've had the pleasure of visiting many classrooms throughout the school district.  As I've seen a variety of instructional strategies used, I couldn't help but think of how technology could aide in student success.  Of course many activities in a classroom can still be successful without technology but how many times are learning opportunities missed or simply impossible unless a teacher takes advantage of technology.  Let's take for example formative assessment.  How many times have you seen a teacher ask a verbal question and just call on one student for the answer or just take answers from volunteers.  Do you really know if ALL students understand?  The performance levels on the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) stress qualifiers of all, consistently, and always. Certainly you can use a variety of offline techniques for gathering this data but if the digital tools are available why not use them?  Here are a few tools that could help with formative assessments.  You can have a presentation prepared ahead of time or make a generic presentation that's ready anytime you need it.

  1. Pear Deck
  2. Nearpod
  3. Kahoot
  4. Google Forms
  5. Plickers
  6. Quizalize
  7. Quizizz