Utilizing a student response system as a formative assessment will facilitate an effective teaching and learning strategy that includes:
- Checking for real-time student understanding of content being taught
- Diagnosing student misconceptions and misunderstanding
- Displaying responses of the group to trigger discussion and reflection
- Gathering formative data to guide instruction
- Saving time in administering and scoring quizzes
- Introducing and monitoring peer learning methods
Spiral is a creative way to do a formative assessment, either planned or spur of the moment in their "quick fire" choice. No apps to install, any device connected to the web can answer the questions with their web browser. Educators can create a fee account that allows for Quickfire activities - questions can be spoken to the students and can be answered via their device, either text or drawing. (Think math computation!) There is also a choice to create "teams" within the platform where they can work to create a presentation of their ideas and the platform will track each students contributions.
Kahoot is a fun learning game made up of multiple choice questions created by teachers. The questions can be 2-4 questions using text, videos, images and diagrams. Players use their own devices to play this fast paced game, (platform can be accessed from any internet enabled device). Students can also create their own Kahoots. No player sign in required to play the game, just the PIN for the game.
Plickers is a real time formative assessment tool that only requires the educator to have the technology. Using Plickers allows the students a chance to participate and engage in learning without feeling self-conscious about their answers. Educators print out the Plicker cards after creating an account and assigning the card numbers to students within the class(es). Educators can distribute the cards to the students. When the student hold up the cards in the correct position to answer, the educator scans the room with their device. The app gathers the data (responses) and places the responses on a screen (with or without student's names.) This is a free account where cards can be printed or purchased.
Poll Everywhere_ can create live word clouds, take attendance, collect anonymous feedback and check-in on learning. The K-12 free plan allows for up to 40 responses per poll and unlimited polls per account. Polls can be within a PowerPoint or on the Web platform and include many questions types including choosing a clickable image to answer a poll. Results can also include a word wall, cloud or running ticker. Polls can be accessed from any platform.
Quizizz - Multiplayer response system for all devices. Start a "Live" game in class, or assign Quizizz as a fun "Homework" task. You control the competition by toggling the leaderboard, timer and other settings. Students play together, but each at their own pace. Gamfication elements like avatars, leader board (can be turned on or off) and funny memes add to the fun! Use detailed class and student-level reports to understand where your students need help.
Backchannel Chat is a chat room platform for educators to facilitate online discussions. Educator tools that support the conversation with the ability to control content and message are built into this platform. Not only does this platform increase classroom participation but also include any students that maybe in a distance learning situation. The free account will allow 30 students and a maximum of 20 session per year. Currently, the paid account is only $15/year and allows unlimited sessions and more security features with 50 students per session. The paid subscription also allows teachers and students the ability to attach files to the sessions to share with participants.
Socrative is a resource that allows for multiple choice, true/false and short answer responses in real time. No student logins are required, however students "sign in" when they enter the room so that data is saved to the teachers account at the end of the session. Student data and class data is populated when the session is complete as well.
Go Formative is a platform that allows teachers to see each individual students responding in real time to the assessment activities. The format of the questions can be either multiple choice, show your work, short answer or true false. Students and teachers can use any internet connected device. The teacher view is made up of all student devices and allows for individual feedback as the student is working. Teachers can upload word or PDF documents that students can enter text or draw on. Importing media or connecting to a URL for student assignments is available as well. (There will be a PRO acct option later this year, but currently all aspects are FREE.)
Triventy is a game-based learning platform which enables educators to author, run and host quizzes and surveys in your classroom. Students will participate in the quiz using their smartphones - without any prior installation - while educators run on a large screen, just like a presentation. Educators can include images on the questions, allow for the students to retrieve a "clue" and have a "did you know" with additional information for each question. Educators can also create a "collaborative" assessment and allow students to create questions. These can then be shared and used within the class. There is a "public" library of already created assessments that can be copied and modified by educators. Assessment games can be sent to Google Classroom directly from the platform.
TodaysMeet can allow the conversation to keep going after class has ended or allow students that are not in the classroom to participate. Using this back channel can also allow students a way to communicate during times when talking is more difficult...movies or silent activities and yet collaboration is needed. TodaysMeet is a free service, however they have just added Teacher Tools a new Toolbox of resources just for teachers. This new feature applies a monthly fee, currently $5. It includes permanent transcripts, paused rooms, better access controls and more specifically designed tools for teachers.
AnswerGarden is a tool for brainstorming, exit tickets and other creative processes. Educators can pose a question that can be answered in short responses (1-3 word answers are best). Students respond and their responses appear in a word cloud format. The question can be embedded live on a website and accessed from an iOS app. Educators have control of the submissions and can delete anything unacceptable. The word cloud can be exported as well.
Answer Pad is an interactive platform that allows for educators to watch each students "answer pad" while the work on answer to questions. Educators set up how each question should be answered (multiple choice, short answer, drawing or even a template). The free version gives you 12 basic templates for use with math and ELA standard question types. (Cause and Effect, X Y Chart, etc.). When teachers are logged in they can watch the class work on the "answer pads" in real time. Pads can then be saved for data.