Let’s talk assessment. I use a lot of tech tools for formative assessment. The kids love them; I get immediate feedback and all of the tools I use allow me to download the information so I can track results. That’s a win-win in my book!
I love using the short answer question on Socrative. I can throw a question to my students during the lesson and let them show me their understanding of the topic. I always project the results on the board anonymously. Students love to see their thoughts made public in our classroom and because I don’t post names, they are free to take risks. Watching a student read someone else’s answer and then revise their thoughts is amazing. This app also allows you to create exit tickets. Each exit ticket has three questions: how well did you understand (mc), summarize what you learned, and answer the teacher’s question. (Write one on the board beforehand or ask one.) All results are shown on the teacher’s screen in chart form.
Kahoot is hands-down my students’ favorite tool. They will beg me to do a Kahoot if it has been a while. I have reservations about this one. The timed feature severely limits what types of questions I can ask, and speed is rewarded over perseverance. How do I teach them that the struggle and the process are more important than the product and then do a Kahoot? They love it though so we do use it periodically.
Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot but instead of being teacher-led, each student plays on his or her device and moves on when ready. You can turn off the timer and the leaderboard to take the element of competition away. After answering a question, a funny meme pops up, which the kids love. Quizizz includes the option to assign a quiz for homework. I rarely have an issue getting students to do their homework when I use this app.
Plickers works well for classrooms that are not 1:1, as the only device needed is one smartphone. This is another game my students beg to play, even though my classroom is 1:1. I create multiple choice or T/F questions and display them on the board through the Plickers site. Each student has a card glued into the back of their notebook and holds it up with the correct letter facing up. I use my phone to scan the cards. As each card is scanned, that student receives a check, so I know who I missed. My phone tells me who got it right and who needs more help, but that information is not posted on the board.
The last tool I use regularly is Google Forms. Did you notice they just added a Quiz feature? In the past, I have used Forms with Flubaroo to grade and return them, but the Quiz feature makes it even easier. If you click on the settings gear, it gives you the option to turn already created forms into quizzes. How slick is that? I am anxious to give it a try when we return to school. Have you used it yet? Do you like it?
Which tech tool is your favorite way to assess? Please vote below and leave a comment on which you chose and why. Is there one I’m missing? I’d love to hear about it!