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75 digital tools and apps teachers can use to support formative assessment in the classroom

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There is no shortage of  formative assessment strategies, techniques, and tools  available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. Here is an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning. We didn’t just add any old tool to this list. Here are the criteria we used for those that made the cut:

  • Supports formative instructional strategies and ways to activate learners to be resources for themselves and peers
  • Is free or awful close to it (under $10 per year, where possible)
  • Allows both students and teachers to take the activator role when possible (sometimes teachers need to get things started)

Before you dig into the tools, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about exactly what you want to accomplish with your students.  “How to pick the right digital tool: Start with your learning goal” by Erin Beard can help you wrap your head around goals and guide you in choosing the best tool for the task. “27 easy formative assessment strategies for gathering evidence of student learning” can help you decide what strategies work best for you and your students.

Record audio and video

  • Animoto  Gives students the ability to make a 30-second video of what they learned in a lesson.
  • AudioNote  A combination of a voice recorder and notepad, it captures both audio and notes for student collaboration.
  • Edpuzzle  Helps you use video (your own, or one from Khan Academy, YouTube, and more) to track student understanding.
  • Flip  Lets students use 15-second to 5-minute videos to respond to prompts. Teachers and peers can provide feedback.
  • QuickVoice Recorder  Allows you to record classes, discussions, or audio for projects. Sync your recordings to your computer easily for use in presentations.
  • Vocaroo  Creates audio recordings without the need for software. Embed the recording into slideshows, presentations, or websites.
  • WeVideo Lets you use video creatively to engage students in learning. Teachers and students alike can make videos.

Create quizzes, polls, and surveys

  • Crowdsignal  Lets you create online polls, quizzes, and questions. Students can use smartphones, tablets, and computers to provide their answers, and information can be culled for reports.
  • Edulastic  Allows you to make standards-aligned assessments and get instant feedback.
  • FreeOnlineSurveys  Helps you create surveys, quizzes, forms, and polls.
  • Gimkit  Lets you write real-time quizzes. And it was designed by a high school student!
  • Kahoot!  A game-based classroom response system that lets you create quizzes using internet content.
  • MicroPoll  Helps you create polls, embed them into websites, and analyze responses.
  • Naiku  Lets you write quizzes students can answer using their mobile devices.
  • Obsurvey  Designed to make surveys, polls, and questionnaires.
  • Poll Everywhere  Lets you create a feedback poll or ask questions and see results in real time. Allows students to respond in various ways. With open-ended questions, you can capture data and spin up tag clouds to aggregate responses.
  • Poll Maker  Offers unique features, like allowing multiple answers to one question.
  • ProProfs  Helps you make quizzes, polls, and surveys.
  • Quia  Lets you create games, quizzes, surveys, and more. Access a database of existing quizzes from other educators.
  • Quizalize  Helps you create quizzes and homework.
  • Quizizz  Guides you through designing quizzes and lets you include students in the quiz-writing process.
  • Quizlet  Lets you make flashcards, tests, quizzes, and study games that are mobile friendly.
  • Survey Hero  Designed to build questionnaires and surveys.
  • SurveyMonkey  Helpful for online polls and surveys.
  • SurveyPlanet  Also helpful for online polls and surveys.
  • Triventy  Lets you create quizzes students take in real time using individual devices.
  • Yacapaca  Helps you write and assign quizzes.
  • Zoho Survey  Allows you to make mobile-friendly surveys and see results in real time.

Brainstorm, mind map, and collaborate

  • AnswerGarden  A tool for online brainstorming and collaboration.
  • Coggle  A mind-mapping tool designed to help you understand student thinking.
  • Conceptboard  Software that facilitates team collaboration in a visual format, similar to mind mapping but using visual and text inputs.
  • Dotstorming  A whiteboard app that allows digital sticky notes to be posted and voted on. This tool is best for generating class discussion and brainstorming on different topics and questions.
  • Educreations Whiteboard  A whiteboard app that lets students share what they know.
  • iBrainstorm  Lets students collaborate on projects using a stylus or their finger.
  • Miro  Allows whole-class collaboration in real time.
  • Padlet  Provides a blank canvas for students to create and design collaborative projects.
  • ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard  Another whiteboard tool to check understanding.
  • XMind  Mind-mapping software for use on desktop computers and laptops.

Present, engage, and inspire

  • BrainPOP Lets you use prerecorded videos on countless topics to shape your lesson plan, then use quizzes to see what stuck.
  • Buncee  Helps students and teachers visualize, communicate, and engage with classroom concepts.
  • Five Card Flickr  Uses the tag feature from photos in Flickr to foster visual thinking.
  • PlayPosit  Allows you to add formative assessment features to a video from a library or popular sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, to survey what students know about a topic.
  • RabbleBrowser  Allows a leader to facilitate a collaborative browsing experience.
  • Random Name/Word Picker  Facilitates random name picking. You can also add a list of keywords and use the tool to prompt students to guess words by providing definitions.
  • Socrative  Uses exercises and games to engage students with a topic.
  • Adobe Express  Lets you add graphics and visuals to exit tickets.
  • Typeform  Helps you add graphical elements to polls.

Generate word or tag clouds

  • EdWordle Generates word clouds from any entered text to help aggregate responses and facilitate discussion. Word clouds are pictures composed of a cloud of smaller words that form a clue to the topic.
  • Tagxedo Allows you to examine student consensus and facilitate dialogues.
  • Wordables Helps you elicit evidence of learning or determine background knowledge about a topic.
  • WordArt Includes a feature that allows the user to make each word an active link to connect to websites, including YouTube.

Get real-time feedback

  • Formative Lets you assign activities, receive results in real time, and provide immediate feedback.
  • GoSoapBox Works with the bring-your-own-device model and includes an especially intriguing feature: a confusion meter.
  • IXL Breaks down options by grade level and content area.
  • Kaizena Gives students real-time feedback on work they upload. You can use a highlighter or give verbal feedback. You can also attach resources.
  • Mentimeter Allows you to use mobile phones or tablets to vote on any question a teacher asks, increasing student engagement.
  • Pear Deck Lets you plan and build interactive presentations that students can participate in via their smart device. It also offers unique question types.
  • Plickers Allows you to collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
  • Quick Key Helps you with accurate marking, instant grading, and immediate feedback.

Foster family communication  

  • Remind Lets you text students and stay in touch with families.
  • Seesaw Helps you improve family communication and makes formative assessment easy, while students can use the platform to document their learning.
  • Voxer Lets you send recordings so families can hear how their students are doing, students can chat about their work, and you can provide feedback.

Strengthen teacher-to-student or student-to-student communication

  • Biblionasium Lets you view books students have read, create reading challenges, and track progress. Students can also review and recommend books to their peers.
  • Classkick Helps you post assignments for students, and both you and your students’ peers can provide feedback. Students can also monitor their progress and work.
  • ForAllRubrics Lets you import, create, and score rubrics on your tablet or smartphone. Collect data offline, compute scores automatically, and print or save the rubrics as a PDF or spreadsheet.
  • Lino A virtual cork board of sticky notes, it lets students ask questions or make comments on their learning.
  • Online Stopwatch Provides dozens of themed digital classroom timers to use during small- and whole-group discussions.
  • Peergrade Helps you create assignments and upload rubrics. You can also anonymously assign peer review work. Students can upload and review work using the corresponding rubric.
  • Spiral Gives you access to formative assessment feedback.
  • Verso Lets you set up learning using a URL. Space is provided for directions. Students can add their assignment, post comments, and respond to comments. You can group responses and check engagement levels.
  • VoiceThread Allows you to create and share conversations on documents, diagrams, videos, pictures, and more.

Keep the conversation going with live chats

  • Yo Teach A backchannel site great for keeping the conversation going with students.
  • Chatzy Supports live, online chats in a private setting.

Create and store documents or assignments

  • Google Forms A Google Drive app that allows you to create documents students can collaborate on in real time using smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
  • Piazza Lets you upload lectures, assignments, and homework; pose and respond to student questions; and poll students about class content. This tool is better suited for older students as it mimics post-secondary class instructional formats.

There are several resources for learning more about formative assessment and responsive instruction strategies. Consider our  formative practices workshops , where school and district teams can gain a better understanding of the role formative practice plays in instruction and the four foundational practices to use in the classroom. Or for a quick start, download our eBook  “Making it work: How formative assessment can supercharge your practice.”

Jump in, try new tools and methods, and have fun!

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27 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

July 6, 2021 by Kasey Bell

In this post, you will find 27 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom!

27 Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers and Students

Let’s make sure we are all on the same page when it comes to formative assessment, or what I like to refer to as, “Assessment FOR Learning,” as a follower of Rick Stiggins ‘ work over the years.

“Teachers who use, “Assessment FOR learning,” involve their students in ongoing self-assessment in ways that reveal to those learners (a) where they are headed in their learning, (b) where they are now in relation to those expectations, and (c) how each student can close the gap between the two.” – Rick Stiggins

Formative assessment is such an essential part of the learning process and student success, and many digital tools can help support this process.

This list has a wide variety of features and options to help you solidify your formative assessment strategies! Many of the tools below are great for both formative and summative assessments.

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(in alphabetic order)

1. ASSISTments

ASSISTments is a forever free online math platform that makes it easy for teachers to assign online from their curriculum, and assess student progress in the classroom or remotely. When working on assignments within ASSISTments, students get immediate feedback as they go and teachers get actionable data, which they use to focus instructional time where students need the most support.

Related: 85+ Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom

2. Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle allows you to turn videos into a quick assessment. Choose a video on YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, or upload your own. Trim the video, insert a quiz anywhere and track your students progress. (Freemium, basic account is free, additional features available with paid accounts.)

3. Edulastic

Edulastic is a complete assessment dashboard. Teachers can create and track assessments, and even align with CCSS. They also offer a district wide-platform for sharing district-wide assessments. (Free for teachers, district-sharing requires a paid license.)

4. Explain Everything

Easy-to-use online whiteboard program that can be used on any device. Students can quickly create video summaries in which they can present the most important things they learned and what questions they may still have. (Free and paid versions)

5. Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a video discussion platform, that allows students to respond to questions, topics, and reflect using video. Students can also respond to each other, leave comments, and more. (Free!)

Related: Flipgrid: The Go-To Remote Learning Tool

Some have said that Gimkit is Kahoot on steroids. Gimkit is another fast-paced quiz game, but with an extra element. Students earn in-game cash to spend on game upgrades. Check out Leslie Fisher’s review and video to learn more .

7. Google Classroom Question Tool

Inside Google Classroom, you have the option to create a question and share that with students. You can make this collaborative, or just have the answers viewable for you the teacher. This is not a robust threaded discussion tool like I wish it was, but it can be handy for formative assessments and to check for understanding.

Related: The Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students (FREE)

8. Go Formative

Formative is a free online assessment tool that is very robust. Formative allows teachers to choose pre-made assessments and edit to fit their needs, create their own from scratch, or even upload a PDF or doc to create. They also offer some fantastic data that you can track and intervene when needed. (FREE and integrates with Google Classroom!)

9. Google Forms

Google forms is a survey and quiz tool that is very easy to use. You can feed your form or quiz data into a Google Sheet for analysis and evaluation. Both Google Forms and Sheets also have many “add-ons” that give users even more capabilities that can power your formative assessments. (FREE)

10. InsertLearning

InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn any webpage into an interactive lesson. InsertLearning has this fantastic toolbar that will allow you to highlight text, add sticky notes, insert questions, videos, or even a discussion all inside the webpage! Learn more about InsertLearning here: 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning . (InsertLearning is a freemium application, but you get your first five lessons for free.)

11. Jamboard

Jamboard is a cloud-based, whiteboard application that can be used for collaboration across multiple devices. Students can use this application to collaborate, create presentations, and bring together resources from other Google apps and the web.

12. Kahoot!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning and trivia platform that allows you to create very engaging quizzes for your classroom. Kahoot! is super fun and addictive. You can create your own kahoots, or choose from their library of games. Play live kahoots, in groups, issue challenges, or assign as homework. (FREE)

13. Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an interactive presentation tool that allows you to poll your students, check for understanding, or ask students to vote. There are several different types of questions you can create, image-based, multiple-choice, scales, open-ended, questions from the audience and more. You can even generate word clouds out of responses! (Freemium, some features are free.)

Mote is a FREE Chrome extension that allows you to leave voice notes and feedback, and much more! Improve feedback and formative assessment with voice recording.

Related: 15 Ways to Use Mote in the Classroom

15. Nearpod

Nearpod is an interactive classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons. Nearpod allows you to create and share lessons that sync across devices and encourage student participation, and evaluate student responses through comprehensive reporting. (Freemium, some features are free.)

Padlet is a super easy way to create an online bulletin board that allows teachers and students to share and collaborate. What’s great about Padlet is that it offers so much flexibility! It works on any device, and you can share just about any type of information–text, links, upload files, photos, videos, just about any kind of response. There are also many different ways you can design your pages. Customize the background, organize information in new ways. (Free trial available)

Parlay is a discussion-based learning tool and global community of educators who are reimagining class discussions for the 21st Century. (Free trial available)

18. Pear Deck

Pear Deck is a web-based formative assessment tool that allows you to create interactive lessons using G Suite tools. The Google Slides add-on has quickly become a favorite of mine. (I even teach it in my Google Slides Master Class !) Pear Deck offers a library of free templates that you can use to created interactive assessments in your slides. Pear Deck is also a freemium tool, some features are free, but you can get a 3-month Premium Membership with this special link for Shake Up Learning readers !

19. Playposit

PlayPosit is a web- and Chrome-based tool that lets teachers create and edit interactive video assessments from streamed or uploaded content. (paid)

20. Plickers

This assessment tool allows teachers to collect on-the-spot formative assessment data without the need to have students use devices or paper and pencil. Teachers create and print specially coded cards that students hold up in class as their responses. The teacher uses the Plickers app to scan the cards and collect the data. (Free)

21. Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a live audience polling tool that integrates into your presentation. You can ask questions during your lessons, see live data, and reports. (Freemium, free accounts are limited to 25 responses per poll.)

22. Quizizz

Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages. Quizizz works on just about any device and offers a library of public quizzes that teachers can use in their classrooms. They also provide detailed class and student reports. (FREE)

23. Quizlet

Quizlet is a study tool that uses flashcards, games, and other “study sets.” to help students. Quizlet Live is a collaborative quiz game where students are placed into teams to work together to answer the questions and learn together. (FREE)

24. Quizalize

Engage your class with fun, standards-tagged quizzes. Get instant data on student mastery. Automatically assign differentiated follow-up activities. (Free basic teacher accounts)

Seesaw is a digital portfolio and communication tool that many teachers love! Seesaw works on any device shared or 1:1. Free for teachers. Teachers create activities for students. Students draw, take pictures and video, and capture their learning in their portfolio. Parents can view their students work and leave comments. (Freemium, some features are free.)

26. Socrative

Socrative is a web-based formative assessment tool that allows teachers to create quizzes, ask questions, collect exit tickets and feedback. You can also create a competitive quiz bowl game, called, “Space Race,” where students compete to get the most answers correct. (Freemium with up to 50 students per session.)

27. Spiral.ac

Spiral.ac is an interactive learning platform with a suite of collaborative applications. Deliver quickfire formative assessments, discussion, teams of students can work together to create presentations, and turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. (Freemium, some features are free.)

Did your favorite assessment tool make the list? If not, let me know in the comments!

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7 Tools for Formative Assessment in the Virtual Classroom

Teachers do it every day, they do it all the time, and they do it sometimes without even realizing it. What is it they are regularly doing? Teachers are continually evaluating student understanding via formative assessments. 

Formative assessments are an essential tool for assessing student understanding. With the transition to online learning, it is crucial to find ways to continue to formatively assess your students even when they're not in the room. However, finding new websites and interactive tech tools for your virtual classroom can feel overwhelming. That's why I wanted to share this information today!

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What you'll find on this page:

What are formative assessments?

Formative assessments are a diagnostic versus a summative evaluation, which is more of an assessment based on a “sum” of understanding. An example of a formative assessment could be a pre-test; an example of a summative evaluation could be a unit test. 

In the classroom, you gather formative assessment data from the minute your students walk in the door. Sometimes this is more formal to give you information on content mastery. Other times, you're gathering this data to help you better identify and plan for the social-emotional needs of your class.

Think about it. Do you talk to your students when they are entering your classroom? Maybe you ask them how their day is going.

Maybe you check with them to see if they completed their homework.

Perhaps you remind them to read the board for their bellringer assignment. A simple, “Did you complete your homework?” can help you evaluate immediately where a student is and get the status of your class.

If the majority of students did their homework, they are more than likely prepared for the day’s lesson; if they didn’t, you might need to spend some time reteaching or supporting an individual student. 

The best tech tools to formatively assess your students

Whether you are in a face-to-face teaching model or teaching in a virtual classroom, the following 7 formative assessment tools are sure to help drive your instruction while meeting your students’ academic needs. 

Poll Everywhere

A bellringer is a great way to start your class, it allows for the students to come in, get settled, and get started on a task.  This would be no different in the virtual classroom setting. A great way to formatively assess students in the virtual classroom is as simple as polling them via Poll Everywhere .

With Poll Everywhere you can ask interactive questions and get immediate feedback. 

Students can use a mobile device to respond via the web or by sending a text message. They can also respond directly on the website by following a link to your poll. By embedding your poll into a PowerPoint or Google Slide presentation, it’s as easy as A, B, C, or D! 

Here's a silly example to show you what the data looks like.

Polls Everywhere Data formative assessments

Exit Ticket Parking Lot  

Many of us formatively assess our students using exit tickets. But what does this look like for online learning?

In the traditional classroom, this might be a parking lot poster on the wall. In the virtual world, this can be done via Lino .

Lino is a virtual, online post-it wall where students can post their responses. The beauty of Lino is the variety of ways students can respond. They can add video links, images, text, or document files.

Lino is similar to Padlet except, Lino is FREE!

Lino formative assessments

In addition, Lino allows you to create private groups which is a great tool for collaboratively grouping your students based on their responses. Students can react to their peers' answers which also opens a discussion and allows for accountable, academic talk; all online!  

Peardeck has been around since 2014 but has come to the forefront within the virtual classroom setting. It is an interactive slideshow where student participation and interaction are the main features.

Students view a slideshow controlled by the teacher while interactively responding to questions. In addition, teachers can add new questions to a Peardeck presentation on the fly! This helps to extend or add to the discussion, check for understanding, or simply ask the question again to gauge different responses.

Peardeck is Google Slide and PowerPoint accessible, in fact, you can turn any PowerPoint or Google Slideshow into a Peardeck. 

To make it even easier to create, engage, and interact, Peardeck has ready-made templates you can choose from or you can create a Peardeck from scratch. Peardeck also has tremendous online support to get you started. 

This online tool might be the virtual classroom gamechanger you’ve been looking for to formatively assess your students. Miro is an online whiteboard that encourages visual collaboration as if you are in the same room. There are multiple templates for easy integration, it’s simple to share with peers, and students can add content and collaborate in real-time.

A tried and true formative assessment is the K-W-L chart. In other words, an organizer to find out what students:

  • want to know
  • have learned

Miro has a template for that!

Miro formative assessments

You can easily introduce this board to your students online via a link and they can respond, teachers can check, and go! 

Google Forms

Google Forms is one of the best formative assessment tools in and out of the classroom. A Google Form allows educators to create a quiz or survey that can be individualized to the lesson, to specific students, or to provide online instruction in a survey format. 

Some teachers use Google Forms as a way to check-in and gather information from students about whether they have questions or need to talk, but these can also be used for content-based formative assessment.

With Google Forms teachers can use multiple-choice questions, short answers, checkbox questions, true or false, a linear scale, a grid type of question, an extended response or simply provide an online lesson for students to view. 

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Student responses are compiled in chart form or a google sheet. 

Teachers can assess understanding immediately after the student submits the form or they can utilize the Google Quiz option, and have it automatically graded based on an answer key.

Flipgrid formative assessments

Students and teachers of all ages are flipping out over Flipgrid for good reason!

Flipgrid is a video creation tool; we know how our 21st-century learners love videos. There are multiple uses for Flipgrid, including formative assessments.

Teachers create a grid with a topic, and students respond with a video. Students can reflect on a lesson, collaborate with their peers and teachers, and use their voices via a video clip. 

All the students need is a flip code, and they are good to go. No passwords to remember, no login information (although they can create a free account), and a friendly, easy-to-use interface. 

Not to mention, Flipgrid hits the ELA standards of Speaking and Listening! Win-Win!

Quizizz is an engaging formative assessment method. With so many online academic games out there, Quizizz sets itself apart with student-led learning and self-reflection. As teachers, we sometimes forget that students can formatively assess themselves and Quizziz is perfect for that option.

Quizizz formative assessments

Students can lead their own study groups, host live games, and challenge their peers. They can formatively assess their own learning by getting instant feedback thus taking ownership of their learning. 

For teachers, it’s a great tool because it is easy for students to access a quiz and work at their own pace. The instant feedback is great for formatively assessing where a student is at in their learning and analyzing data collected by Quizziz.

Quizizz is user-friendly and mobile-friendly which is perfect for formative assessments on the go! 

Getting Started with Digital Formative Assessment

These 7 formative assessments are perfect for teachers to utilize in the virtual classroom. The best way to find which is right for you is to spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with each platform to find out which best fits your current needs.

You can always try out a different tool as you become more comfortable with your new digital learning environment. Still, it is important not to overwhelm yourself with too many new tools too quickly.

Formatively assessing your students helps you determine how to adjust your teaching based on where your students are, drive instruction practices, and address student growth and understanding.  This allows for differentiation for various learning styles and levels and ultimately helps improve student growth by providing steady feedback.

Digital Formative Assessment Tools for Online Learning

What are your favorite digital formative assessment tools? I'm always looking for new resources. Share in the comments!

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Best Free Formative Assessment Tools and Apps

The best free formative assessment tools can help teachers track student progress and personalize learning.

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Formative assessments are crucial for educators to understand their students’ grasp of concepts and skills as they work their way through lessons. With this understanding, educators can better direct learners to spend more time practicing and gaining mastery of topics with which they struggle.

The following free assessment tools are some of the best ones for gauging student progress at any point in the curriculum. And in this time of pandemic-disrupted learning, it’s critical that all work well for in-person, remote, or blended classes.

Best Free Formative Assessment Tools and Apps 

  • Nearpod Highly popular with teachers, Nearpod lets users create original multimedia assessments or select from a 15,000+ library of pre-made interactive content. Choose from polls, multiple-choice, open-ended questions, draw-its, and gamified quizzes. Free silver plan provides 40 students per session, 100 mb storage, and access to formative assessment and interactive lessons. 
  • Edulastic Ideal for assessing student progress on standards-based ideas and skills. Free teacher account offers unlimited assessments and students, 38,000+ question bank, 50+ technology-enhanced item types, auto-graded questions, Google Classroom sync, and more.
  • PlayPosit The web- and Chrome-based Playposit platform provides customizable interactive video assessments, helping teachers accurately gauge their students’ mastery of video-based content. Free Classroom Basic account includes templates, free premade content, and 100 free learner attempts per month.
  • Flipgrid This simple-to-use, powerful, and fully-free learning tool allows teachers to initiate class discussions by posting videos. Students then create and post their own video response, adding enhancements such as emojis, stickers, and text. 
  • Pear Deck Pear Deck, an add-on for Google Slides, lets educators quickly create formative assessments from flexible templates, turning an ordinary slideshow into an interactive quiz. Free accounts provide lesson creation, Google and Microsoft integration, templates, and more.
  • ClassFlow With ClassFlow, it’s quick and easy to create a free teacher account and start building interactive lessons. Upload your own digital resources or select from the thousands of free and paid resources available in the marketplace. Assessments offered include multiple-choice, short-answer, math, multimedia, true/false, and essay. Student polls and questions provide real-time formative feedback. 
  • GoClass Goclass allows educators to create learning materials with embedded assessments and then send them to students’ mobile devices. Built-in classroom management features let teachers track student participation and keep learners on task. Free basic account includes five courses, 30 students, 200 MB storage, and five scribble sessions. 
  • Formative Educators upload their own learning content, which the platform automatically transforms into assessments, or choose from the outstanding Formative library. Students respond on their own devices via text or drawing, continuously updated in real time on the teacher’s screen. Free basic account for one teacher offers unlimited Formatives, real-time student response, basic grading tools, feedback, and Google Classroom integration. 
  • Kahoot! Kahoot’s free game-based learning platform is an excellent way to engage learners of any age. Choose from among 50 million existing games or create custom games for your classes. Free basic plan provides live and asynchronous individual and class kahoots, access to the ready-to-use kahoot library and question bank, quiz customization, reports, collaboration, and more.
  • Padlet Padlet’s seemingly simple framework— a blank digital “wall”—belies its robust capabilities in assessment, communication, and collaboration. Drag and drop almost any file type to the blank Padlet to share assessments, lessons, or presentations. Students respond with text, photos, or video. Free basic plan includes three Padlets at one time.
  • Socrative This super-engaging platform allows teachers to create polls and gamified quizzes to assess student progress, with real-time results visible on screen. Socrative’s free plan permits one public room with up to 50 students, on-the-fly questions, and Space Race assessment.
  • Google Forms One of the simplest and easiest ways to create and share formative assessments. Create video quizzes, multiple-choice, or short answer questions quickly. Link the Google Form to a Google Sheet in order to analyze responses. Before you share your quiz, be sure to check out 5 Ways to Prevent Cheating on Your Google Form Quiz.
  • Quizlet Quizlet’s vast database of multimedia study sets includes a variety ideal for formative assessment, from flashcards to multiple-choice quizzes, to the asteroid game Gravity. Free for basic features; premium accounts allow for customization and tracking student progress.
  • Edpuzzle Edpuzzle’s video-based learning and assessment platform helps educators turn one-way videos into interactive formative assessments. Upload videos from YouTube, TED, Vimeo, or your own computer, then add questions, links, or images to create meaningful evaluations. Free basic accounts for teachers and students allow interactive lesson creation, access to millions of videos, and storage space for 20 videos.

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Instruction Assessment

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Formative gives you the teaching tools to engage, instruct, and assess

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(In under 2 minutes!)

Why do teachers and school leaders love formative so much, as a teacher, i will be able to..., transform a pdf or google doc into an auto-graded quiz, present slides with built-in questions for a paced lesson, enhance a reading passage with questions, activate student agency and metacognition using strikethroughs, promote higher level thinking with advanced math tools.

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Create flipped instructional videos.

You can add video as a stand-alone content item and attach questions. Our Partner users can also attach questions at specific times in the video or add a video directly into any question!

You can add videos between other items on your formative. Click on the + icon in between questions or content you've already created, and select from the menu that appears.

*Note: The “Record Video” feature is not compatible with Safari on macOS.

If you are a member of a Partner School or District, you can add a video to any question or content block. You just have to click the blue "+" icon (found in any rich-text field). Then click "Video."

You will have the option to record using your camera, upload from your device, or record and upload a screencast. Check out the following animation to see how it works. Supported file types for video uploads are mp4, mov, webm, 3gpp, 3gpp2, flv, wmv, and mpeg.

You can even leave feedback for students with this feature! Just click the blue plus sign in the feedback chat box!

Add time-stamped questions to video content (Partner users only)

Partner users can create questions attached to specific times in a video. Students will see the questions pop up when the video reaches the selected time. Students are still able to control the video by playing, pausing, adjusting the time, and moving the video forward or backward.

Note: You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.

Students can also record video submissions when using the Free Response question type!

Can I add more than one question at the same time?

You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.

Can I use video timestamps during Teacher Paced Mode?

Yes! Students will see and be able to control the video in the same way during Teacher Paced Mode. Each student will be able to control the video on their own screen.

What if I want to add questions but don't want to attach them at a particular time?

Not a problem! Simply click "Add item at 0:00," and you can add your questions. Students will be able to view them ahead of time by clicking the drop-down arrow next to each question in the right-side column.

Add a YouTube video with timestamped questions

Differentiate learning with audio and video assignments..

Students can respond to your questions by recording themselves using audio and video! This is great for young learners and foreign-language classes. There is a 10-minute limit to recordings, so students will have plenty of time to share their thoughts!

To add an audio response question:

Prompt/ask students to provide a verbal response or explanation!

To add a video response question:

Prompt/ask students to provide a visual response or explanation!

Unleash student creativity with audio and video responses

See students work and engage in real-time, efficiently leave comments on student work., batch scoring & feedback:.

Score and give feedback to multiple student answers at the same time. This is useful if a particular question is giving multiple students trouble!

Draw feedback on Show Your Work Responses:

If you have a Partner account, you'll see an option to "Draw Feedback" on your students' Show Your Work responses. Click on this button to launch the full-screen canvas.

You can use any of the Show Your Work tools (draw, circle, create a square, draw a line, type, upload an image, use the Math Keyboard, select, erase, and back) to annotate your students' responses. When you click the checkmark, your annotations will be saved as an image that you can instantly send to your student as a feedback message!

Student to Teacher Feedback:

Students can directly send feedback to partner teachers on a formative and respond to teacher feedback messages.

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Emojis in Student Feedback:

Have a little more fun with student feedback!

Give feedback to students faster than ever

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App smash your favorite tools by embedding an external learning app

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Know if students copy and paste answers.

One of our features to help ensure secure assessment is the Copy / Paste Alert. This alert is designed to show whenever a student uses any copy-and-paste function -- this could include CTRL C/V keyboard short-cuts, or right-clicking the mouse to select copy/paste, etc..

If a student has used these functions, you will see an exclamation mark alert that reads, "This response includes copy & pasted parts."

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At this time, Formative shows this alert as a way to make you aware that students used this function. The only question type that will actually show you what was copied and pasted is Short Answer. You can click on the small “i” icon in the alert to view what was copied and pasted into the student response. The alert will not appear if a student copies and pastes a part of their own response: only outside items.

Teacher discretion is required for this alert, so we never auto-grade these responses as incorrect .

Some common reasons this alert will show that are not cheating might include:

  • World Languages classes: copying words with special characters
  • All content areas: copying parts of a question to use as a sentence starter
  • Copying words that are difficult to spell from the question or another source
  • Using some Chrome extensions, such as "Grammarly" to accept suggestions for their writing

It could be helpful to let your students know that you are aware when they use any copy/paste function but that this does not always indicate cheating.

Detect if students copy and paste answers

Monitor student growth against standards over time..

To access the student growth tracker, click on the Tracker tab at the top of your dashboard.

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  • Switch between viewing scores by Formatives or by tagged Standards.
  • This area will display any filters that are currently defined. Click the pencil icon next to each of these to adjust your filter's range, or you can remove them.
  • Here you will find the display area for class scores.
  • Toggle this button to hide student names.
  • Click the "Filter" button to define your view range by adjusting the date last answered, classes, grade levels, subjects, and Formative types. Each of the filters chosen will then appear in the area marked 2.
  • Click the "Sort by" button, and sort if students will appear by their names or by their scores. You can also sort formatives by their title or by date answered.
  • Click the "Export" button to export data as a CSV/Spreadsheet or asa Google Sheet (see the following for more details).

More ways to view the tracker:

When showing Formatives (at the top left), click on individual student names to view their overall score for each assignment.

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Note: Students who have not yet taken a formative will have a blank score in the Tracker. ‍

Select "Standards" to see how students performed against standards tagged in the assignments. To do so, click on "Standards," expand the standards to see them in detail (if you want), and click the student's name.

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The Student Growth Tracker measures student progress over time, so it is helpful to understand how the scores are calculated.

To calculate scores, we sum up all the points that answers received (=points earned). We then total all points available for those answers (the point value on the questions = points possible) and divide the former by the latter.

For example, let's say a student completes one formative with two questions. Question one is worth five points. Question two is worth ten points. The student gets two points on the first question and six points on the second. Their score for that formative is as follows: (2 + 6)/(5 + 10) = 8/15 = 53%.

When calculating multiple formatives, we consider all questions and basically treat them as if they were one big formative. For example, let's add a formative to our previous example. This formative has one question worth five points, and the student earned four points. This student's overall grade is now as follows: (2 + 6 + 4)/(5 + 10 + 5) = 12/20 = 60%

As a result, the system will weigh a formative or question with more available points more heavily in the overall score.

NOTE: If a student did not submit an assignment, unanswered questions do not count toward possible points. When students submit an assignment with an unanswered question, their work will count towards the total possible points, thus reducing the overall score. Read about how to force-submit a formative here.

If at a later time, a teacher adds a new question that students do not answer, the tracker will not count the points for that question in their score.

Export data from the Tracker

From the Tracker page, you can select the Export button located in the top right corner.

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Once you select that button, a pop-up screen will appear for you to choose the content you’d like to export. You can export as a CSV/spreadsheet or as a Google Sheet. You can also export all rows or only the rows you have expanded.

When selecting Download as CSV/Spreadsheet, it will download directly to your computer.

If you select Google Sheets, the platform will direct you to choose the email associated with your account. You will then receive a prompt to your Google Sheets page.

Monitor student growth against standards over time

Collaborate with colleagues and co-teachers, tag items to standards..

After creating a question, place your cursor over the following "Tag Standards" area, and tag your question to standards for student growth tracking! Use keywords in the dropdown menu to results with standards in their descriptions!

You can also tag a single question with multiple standards. Want us to add another standards set(s)? Please have the admin on your account reach out and let us know what standard sets(s) you would like us to add!

To add standards to a formative in your account:

  • Go to your formative. In the "tag to standards" field, select "+ Add New Standard Set"
  • Type the name of the standard you wish you add
  • Click on the name of that standard
  • Select "Confirm & Exit," and the standard will be added to your account

Tag items to standards easily

Evaluate student projects using rubrics..

Rubrics are powerful tools: they provide scoring guidelines for evaluating student work, and they offer clear teaching directives and criteria for students. You can customize them in your formatives! Add a rubric to an open-ended question type: Show Your Work, Video Response, Audio Response, Free Response, or File Response.

Evaluate student projects using rubrics

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Ask questions like graphing, drag-and-drop, and more

Edit a do now or exit ticket without asking students to refresh, we're an official launch partner for the new google classroom add-ons.

We are thrilled to announce we are one of the first fifteen add-on apps through the new Google Classroom integration as mentioned in Google's recent Anywhere School Event !

Effortlessly access Formative’s power from your Google Classroom account! You will be able to create, edit, preview, and assign any Formative without needing to navigate back and forth between the two platforms.

This partnership will make it easier for educators and students to get real-time, actionable data. And don't worry: we'll be here to help you at every step of the way!

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Wishing you a great summer!

The Formative Team

We're an official launch partner for the new Google Classroom add-on!

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Encourage powerful faculty collaborations..

Collaborating is a feature that allows you to do more than make and share formative copies with other teachers. As a Partner-school user, you can add collaborators to your formative! You can grant two levels of access to a collaborator.

  • Edit & Assign : all collaborators can edit the original formative. Your collaborator will also be able to assign the formative to their own classes.
  • Assign Only : your collaborator will be able to assign the original formative to their classes, but they won't be able to edit it.

If you or your collaborator make changes to a formative, edits will appear immediately on your collaborators' screens. If they have already assigned the formative to a class, then the changes may affect their data. (for example, if you delete or add answer-key options).

Wondering if collaborating is the right option? Then check out how to share a formative or how to publish it to the public library or your team/school's private library.

TThere are two ways to give collaborating permissions on a formative to others:

  • Add collaborators directly to the formative.
  • Send collaborators a direct-share link.

If you have a large amount of collaborators that you want to add, we recommend using the direct link! (See the following for instructions on both ways.

To add a formative collaborator from your dashboard:

  • Click on the bubble to the left of the formative (or folder) to which you'd like to add a collaborator.
  • Select "Share" from the menu at the bottom.
  • Underneath the first tab - "share" - type the email address(es) of your colleague(s).
  • Choose their level of access (Edit & Assign, or Assign Only).
  • Click "Add," and the colleague(s) will be added to your formative.

Need to remove a collaborator from the formative or change their level of access?

‍ Return to the same "Share" menu, click "edit" next to the collaborator's name, and change the level of access by choosing from the dropdown menu. Remove the collaborator entirely by clicking on the "X" next to their name.

To add a formative collaborator from within a formative:

  • Click on the triple dots in the top right, and select "Share."

To add a collaborator by sharing a direct link:

Any collaborator that has "Edit & Assign" level of access can share the direct link at the bottom of the "share" modal with other teachers from the organization.

Teachers on your team who receive the direct link will be automatically added to the formative as collaborators; they can assign the formative only to their students.

  • If the collaborator added in this way is an admin at the same level of the organization (or higher), they will also have permission to edit the formative.

*Note: collaborating is a feature for our Partner teams and schools. Click here to find out more!

Encourage powerful faculty collaborations

Administer common assessments..

Publish any of your formatives to your team, school, or district's private library as a Common Assessment. When a colleague grabs this assessment from the library, they won't be able to edit the content in any way: they will only be able to assign it. You can be sure every class is taking the same version of the assessment.

Using a common assessment

Common Assessments will be labeled as such in your team, school, or district's private library. The library's filters allow searching for only Common Assessments as well. Anyone with access to the private library can grab a live copy of the common assessment and then assign it to their students.

Anyone with an Edit & Assign level of access to the common assessment can also send teachers within the organization a direct link to the common assessment. If teachers receive the direct link, they can assign the common assessment to their students.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the direct link in the "share" modal under the first tab.

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‍ Note: Anyone who grabs a Common Assessment from the private library is grabbing a LIVE copy: if the original author changes or updates the Common Assessment, those changes will reflect immediately on the screens of all users with a copy, including students currently taking the Common Assessment.

Administer common assessments

Share data among plcs, add security via respondus lockdown browser, respondus lockdown browser.

For school network-managed Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, and iPads, this browser is available as an optional add-on to a Partner Subscription to help keep assessments secure. It prevent students from opening any other apps, tabs, or windows. However, even with this browser-locking technology, it may still be possible for students outside the classroom to use other resources to help them with test questions; students might ask a sibling for assistance or use the internet on a second device.

Support LTI 1.3 to integrate within Canvas, Schoology, etc

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Integrate with SSO and SIS providers.

What is sso and why is it used.

Single Sign-On (SSO) allows you to use your Google, Microsoft, or Clever profile to authenticate you when logging into Formative. If your school account is tied to one of these providers, we encourage you to use SSO for efficiency.

If you don't use one of those providers, you can create a password for your Formative login. Students and teachers can use either method.

With Formative you can sync rosters with your Student Information System (SIS).

Syncing rosters with your SIS is one way to set up all teacher and student accounts and to automatically place all students and teachers into their classes.

Step 1: Check if you have software that supports OneRoster

In order to set up a OneRoster connection, you will need an SIS or other software system component that allows access to rosters using OneRoster 1.1 API or CSV files. Aeries, ClassLink, PowerSchool Unified , and Infinite Campus are some examples of software that support OneRoster exports using the API integration method.

Some of our customers do not have any system that supports OneRoster. In this case, some have adopted ClassLink, which can be used to add OneRoster support to a variety of SIS systems (read more about that here ). A few others have implemented a custom software solution on their end to generate OneRoster files and then upload them to an SFTP server.

Once you have identified a way to provide us with OneRoster data, you will have to consult its documentation (assuming it is not a custom solution) to determine how to set up a OneRoster export and provide us with the necessary information to access it.

Step 2: Get OneRoster Sync Credentials Or Set up OneRoster SFTP Uploads

For OneRoster API integrations, you are given a OneRoster Base URL, Consumer Key, and Consumer Secret.

Blackbaud users: your base URL is based on your Blackbaud access URL. If your Blackbaud domain name is yourschool.myschoolapp.com, then your Base URL will be https://yourschool.myschoolapp.com/ims/oneroster/v1p1

You can encrypt the consumer secret into a secure sharing URL using https://dead-drop.me . Send the Base URL, Consumer Key, and Consumer Secret to your implementation specialist.

Note: if you are using ClassLink, you can instruct members to share roster data with us instead of sending us the credentials. Check out this article for more details.

If your system does not support OneRoster API integration but exports CSV files that must be added to a ZIP file and uploaded to an SFTP site, please contact us to set up an SFTP account you can use to upload the file.

We only need these files for rostering from zipped CSV files:

  • academicSessions.csv
  • classes.csv
  • enrollments.csv

You can optionally provide courses.csv.

Step 3: Establish scope of the import

In addition to the OneRoster access information, we will want to know which organizations (schools, districts, departments, etc.) you wish to import to help us validate the data we receive; this information also helps avoid importing the wrong users. We will want to know the NCES ID (or other government ID, if available) of each school and district, too, so we can avoid data duplication.

Since your organization will have some degree of control over the users that OneRoster imports, we restrict the imported users to a list of emails and email address domains that we can confirm you control. We will need to know all the email domains that your district owns to enable the import of those users via OneRoster. If you have a subset of users outside your controlled email domain (contractors, for example), we can also accommodate a small number of specific, individual email addresses.

Step 4: Make sure we have the information we need for the import

After doing all of the above, be prepared to provide us with the following information if you haven't already done so:

  • If API sync is supported: OneRoster API consumer key, secret, and Base URL (do not send these if data is shared using ClassLink)
  • List of organizations to roster
  • If applicable, NCES / government identifiers for each organization
  • Email domains of the users to import
  • When to start the import (if not immediately)

Additional Notes

  • Existing Classes: Classes imported from OneRoster do not link or merge with existing classes, so you will have to decide what to do with duplicate classes for teachers who have already set up their classes. It is easiest for teachers to keep existing classes and archive the OneRoster-created classes when they get duplicates. The downside of this process: those classes will not automatically update from the SIS, but existing assignments to the class will not have to be copied to the new class.
  • Teacher Login: Teachers will receive emails with some information about their new account, including how to set their password if they need instructions. If they use SSO logins (Google, Clever, Canvas, Microsoft, LTI, etc.), they won't need to create a password.
  • Student Login: If students cannot use a SSO login, teachers can set their passwords via the classes page. Students with access to their email can also use the "forgot password" feature to set their password. We also offer the option of setting each student's password to their "identifier" (e.g. Student ID) by default, although doing so is not the most secure approach.
  • Administrator Users: Although we normally only set up students and teachers using OneRoster, we can use it to control Formative administrators. If you provide us with a list of the members you believe should be formative administrators, we can check whether that information matches OneRoster user data and then update OneRoster in addition to students and teachers. If this information does not match, then Formative administrator access will have to be managed manually. ‍
  • Class Start & End Dates: If OneRoster data includes start and end dates for classes, then classes will not be created if they are more than fourteen days away. Classes created in the past that are more than fourteen days old will be marked as archived.

The following platforms provide a OneRoster API that is known to work with Formative:

  • Focus School Software
  • Infinite Campus

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Here's what our instructional leaders have to say

District supervisors and directors can access the data to allow for collaboration and reflection with administrators and specialists. Once published, all are updatable at any time, and any changes will update scores and tracking for students.

Superintendent

Formative assessment is the true pulse of rich instruction. This phenomenal platform allows us to provide instant feedback to students while simultaneously adapting to an ever-changing virtual landscape.

School Principal

It is probably one of the very best programs I have ever come across in education, and I’ve been here for 31 years...The customer support is outstanding!

Curriculum Specialist

Fingers crossed that SCEC admin will buy into the full subscription. What would life be without Formative in the classroom? Thank you for creating such an app. It is a teacher's online dream for assessments!

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20 Useful Digital Assessment Tools for Teachers (Formative, Summative, and More)

Knowledge checks, quizzes and tests, peer evals, and more!

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Proper assessment is essential to learning. Teachers plan their lessons and activities around learning objectives, and they need ways to check that students have accomplished those goals. Assessment is more than just quizzes and tests , as any teacher knows, and these days, there are more options than ever. Using digital assessment tools for teachers save you time, engage your audience, and make life a little easier. No matter what type of assessment you need, there’s a tool to help you out. Take a look at some of our favorites.

Digital Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers

Digital summative assessment tools for teachers, more digital assessment tools for teachers.

Teachers use formative assessments more than any other type, checking for understanding throughout the learning process. This allows them to adjust their teaching and learning activities to better meet student needs and find out which students need a little extra assistance. These digital formative assessment tools make it easier than ever to check in throughout any lesson or activity.

Google Forms for Exit Tickets

Goal: i want to find out what my students learned during today’s lesson..

Exit tickets are a fantastic way to find out what students gained from today’s lesson. If you want to replace the sticky note method with a digital version, try Google Forms. They’re so easy to use, and they give you an easy way to access student responses anywhere, anytime.

Goal: I want to have some fun with my assessments.

This free online quiz-game generator is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Teachers show the questions, and students use the completely safe app on their own devices (like Chromebooks or smartphones) to respond. Kids absolutely love these games, making them an excellent way to ramp up classroom engagement. After the game is over, teachers can take a closer look at the results with reports to determine which items kids still need help mastering. Learn how one teacher uses Kahoot! for middle school math assessments here.

Goal: I want to assess reading comprehension.

CommonLit’s huge free library of reading passages comes with built-in quizzes to test for comprehension. Choose your articles by topic, reading level, or type, and assign to students. They can make annotations and use guided reading questions as they tackle the text, then finish up with a reading comprehension quiz and discussion questions.

Goal: I want to hear from my students and watch them share what they’ve learned.

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a social media–style video discussion platform great for generating class discussion around topics, videos, or links posted to the class grid. Students can video-record their responses to share with the teacher or class. It’s a great tool for supporting your students to make their thinking visible.

Goal: I want to do a quick check-in during my lesson.

Mentimeter lets you add polls, word clouds, Q&As, and more to presentations and create an interactive experience for students, who can vote on/respond to questions and engage with the presentation in real time. This made our list because there’s so much variety in the types of formative assessments you can give in real time.

Goal: I want to see my students’ thought process and their answer.

Jamboard is a digital whiteboard that is compatible with Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) services. It’s a game changer for emphasizing the process of learning over the product. Math teachers love how students solve and explain their solution. If you don’t use Google, Padlet is our runner-up.

Goal: I want to listen to my students read to assess fluency.

Students read aloud and answer questions on their device (almost any device works). Within 24 hours, you get a running record with scores for accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. A free basic account includes 10 reading assessments per month.

Goal: I want to include checks for understanding as my students learn.

Edpuzzle is a video editor that allows both teachers and students to add voice-overs, comments, resources, and quizzes to existing or self-created online videos. Best part? All the students’ answers are gathered for you so you can quickly assess.

Goal: I want to put checks for understanding in my slides.

Pear Deck is an interactive presentation and lesson delivery tool. Students use their devices to follow along with the teacher’s slideshow on a classroom screen. Throughout, teachers can pause at points where they’ve added interactive questions and collect real-time data about student understanding.

Goal: I want personalized quizzes for my students.

Quizzes are standards-tagged so you can efficiently track mastery data from every question ever answered. They support official state standards such as Common Core, TEKS, and many more. Plus, you can add hints or explanations so kids learn as they complete the assessments.

Summative assessments are the formal tests and final projects that assess student learning at the end of a unit or course. There are a variety of digital tools that can make summative assessments easier, including our favorites.

Goal: I want to give a quiz or test online.

If you’re looking for tech tools for student assessment that include plenty of options, try this one. You can include multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions. We love how you see students’ results in real time, and you can add explanations if students get an answer wrong. Students can get instant feedback, or you can make the quiz self-paced or lead it yourself. Our favorite feature: Space Race, a group quiz where students “race” to cross the finish line.

Goal: I want grading to take less time.

No matter what grade and subject you teach, grading takes time that we don’t have. Enter Floop. This tool is a cloud-based website where students get annotated feedback from you and their classmates. Using any internet-connected device, students upload images of an assignment to the platform, and you put markers in places where you want feedback. Students are able to see and respond to comments, creating a feedback loop.

Goal: I want to create standards-based assessments more quickly.

Easily create quizzes that students can answer using their mobile devices. This program also includes a bank with 60,000 standards-aligned question items and 300 pre-built assessments.

Goal: I want students to create online portfolios of their work.

Portfolios are a terrific summative assessment tool, allowing teachers, students, and families to look back over a collection of work and gauge progress. Paper portfolios can get lost and are harder to share and grade. Try an online version instead with a program like Seesaw.

Book Creator

Goal: i want a unique form of summative assessment..

This is another type of portfolio assessment. But rather than just collecting work as they go, students use the program to actively create a digital book showing what they’ve learned.

For fun and interactive options, including peer feedback, try these digital assessment tools.

Rubric Maker

Goal: i want rubrics that are easy to create, use, and share..

Rubrics ensure scoring consistency across assessments. They also make self-assessment and peer feedback much easier. This online tool lets you create quality rubrics and easily share them with others.

Digital Escape Room

Goal: i want to gamify my assessments..

Escape rooms foster collaboration and communication when played by students in teams and can be a really fun way to gamify assessment. Students must work together to solve problems or answer questions, then follow the instructions to break the code. These online escape rooms are easy to build using Google Sites or Google Forms, and if you don’t want to create your own, you’ll find plenty of them available for sale on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers .

Goal: I want my students to give each other feedback.

Once you set up your assignment with Peergrade, pick a feedback rubric (or create your own), and select your assignment. Your students take it from there. They submit work, review each others’, and then act on the feedback. Best part? There’s a teacher overview where you can see it all.

Goal: I want to give voice feedback rather than writing.

Use Kaizena for both teacher and peer feedback, and save everyone a lot of time. This assessment tool lets you embed voice feedback directly into Google Docs at points of your choosing. So cool!

Goal: I want to gather feedback about something from my students.

Digital forms can make life a lot simpler. Build a Jotform to gather feedback from students about an activity or experience, or even your own teaching and classroom experiences. The program compiles answers quickly and anonymously (if you prefer) so you can review results in a snap.

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Formative Assessment Tools and Strategies for the Classroom

Formative assessment is the checkup your students need to stay on track. If done frequently, teachers benefit from the knowledge of adjusting teaching practices to the needs of their students. Keep reading to get the lowdown on this essential teaching and learning practice.

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Formative Assessment Tools and Strategies

  • What is Formative Assessment?
  • Why is Formative Assessment Important?

Formative Assessment Examples

  • Formative Assessment Strategies For Reading Comprehension
  • Formative Assessment Online Tools For Distance Learning

8 Student Feedback Examples To Start Your School Year Off Right

  • TeacherMade Is The Premier Formative Assessment Tool
  • Thinking Classrooms: How to Promote Critical Thinking in Class

What is formative assessment?

The d efinition of formative assessment has been refined many times throughout the years. Formative assessment is a deliberate and continuing practice teachers use to measure student learning. This practice uses evidence and data to inform instructional decisions. Students should be a part of the learning process to take ownership of their learning. Formative assessment should include:

  • Defined learning goals
  • Examination of student learning
  • Self-assessment and peer feedback
  • Adjustment of learning strategies based on feedback

Formative vs Summative Assessment

While formative assessment happens frequently, summative assessment happens at the end of a unit of study. Summative assessment measures learning after it has been completed. There is typically a standardization of assessment (i.e. exams) and measures a collection of learning goals. 

Both formative and summative assessments should go hand in hand. This is because formative assessment ensures that summative assessment will go successfully. Formative assessment allows teachers to check in frequently as learning progresses so that teaching can be adjusted.

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Why is formative assessment important?

Formative assessment ensures successful summative assessment. Frequent check-ins with your students allow you to know what parts of your teaching are successful. This will allow you to make many adjustments before a large test occurs.

Formative Assessment Examples

There are many ways to incorporate formative assessment into your everyday classroom routine.

One of the best ways to make sure you are doing frequent formative assessment is to keep it informal. If it’s simple, you’re bound to perform formative assessment more frequently. Simple questions to gauge learning, think-pair-share, and even thumbs up from the class can help you check in quickly for understanding.

Informal Formative Assessment

Many teachers like to use bellwork as their daily formative assessment. Bellwork can become a great routine for checking in with your students. Just give students 1-3 questions from your previous lesson and check in with their learning.

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Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are the perfect way to get immediate feedback and data from your daily lesson. You can even digitize your exit tickets and enable self-grading . From there, you can adjust your lesson for the next day.

Using TeacherMade App to create interactive worksheets online

Homework is the perfect time for students to reflect on what they are learning. They have the space and independence to practice concepts they learn in class. TeacherMade makes it possible for homework to be online, paperless, and self-graded .

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There’s some debate about grading formative assessment, but quizzes can be a good measure of student learning. Short and frequent quizzes allow you to determine what students have learned.

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Formative Assessment Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a complex skill. It can be hard to measure how students are progressing through individual skills. TeacherMade breaks down how teachers use our app to test reading comprehension each step of the way.

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Formative Assessment Online Tools for Distance Learning

TeacherMade makes it easy to do online formative assessments. Online formative assessment has many benefits:

  • You don’t have to remake your worksheets. TeacherMade converts your existing teaching materials.
  • Your formative assessment can be more flexible with 12 question types and many other features . 
  • It’s simple to integrate with other major LMS platforms like Google Docs, Canvas, and Schoology.
  • It’s quick and easy– and that is essential for all formative assessments. 

TeacherMade makes formative assessment for distance learning a breeze. Read more about how you can use TeacherMade for formative assessment .

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Formative Vs Summative Assessment Examples: Effective Ways To Track Your Middle School Students’ Progress Online

In middle schools, testing is everywhere, but it’s often more challenging to find good examples of effective assessment . Educators classify assessment into two broad categories: formative and summative. We’ll explore the difference between formative and summative assessment with examples.

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Thinking Classrooms: How To Promote Critical Thinking In Class

The key to a Thinking Classroom is to focus on the process of learning rather than simply the acquisition of knowledge. This means that teachers must create opportunities for students to think critically, solve problems, and reflect on their learning.

We’ve rounded up the 14 practices of a Thinking Classroom . 

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TeacherMade is the premier formative assessment tool

Don’t reinvent the wheel for your formative assessments. TeacherMade simplifies your planning process of creating online formative assessments from scratch or converting existing materials you already use in your classroom. It’s simple:

  • Step 1 : Upload your file into TeacherMade. Your online assignment maintains the look of your traditional assignment because the file becomes the assignment’s background.
  • Step 2 : Add your questions anywhere to the assignment. 
  • Step 3 : Add an answer key if you want to use self-grading functions.
  • Step 4 : Send links to students or add assignments to your preferred LMS platform like Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology. 
  • Step 5 : Analyze instant feedback and results.

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Formative Assessment: A Guide to Improving Learning

July 26, 2023

Stephanie Escuadro

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Formative assessments are arguably an integral part of the learning process. Without them, your learners will have no way to get feedback and understand topics better at the same time. This article explores everything you need to know about formative assessment, its benefits, effective strategies for implementation, and its impact on a learner’s learning outcomes.

What are formative assessments?

Formative assessment refers to an ongoing, interactive, and diagnostic approach to evaluating someone’s learning. It’s a variety of formative evaluation techniques used by trainers to gather information about learners' learning progress and understanding during the training.

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The primary purpose of formative assessments is to monitor learner progress, guide instructional decisions, and support learner learning and growth.

Unlike summative assessment, which measures learning at the end of a unit or course, formative assessment happens during the learning process. It gives real-time feedback to both learners and trainers and identifies each’s areas of strengths and improvements. This makes adjusting to how they learn and your trainer’s learning strategies a lot easier.

Formative assessments serve as a window into learners' learning journeys. It’s great for cutting down the time it takes to adjust and customize the training program and making sure you ROI on training faster. 

What are summative assessments?

Summative assessments are evaluative measures conducted at the end of a learning period to determine someone’s overall achievement and proficiency in specific topics or courses.

What are summative assessments - EdApp

Contrary to formative assessments, which are ongoing and deliver feedback to support learning, summative assessments focus on evaluating someone's knowledge repository and skills gained over a period of time.

The primary purpose of summative assessments is to evaluate things as a whole, not in parts. They’re used to make judgments about training performance, assign grades, rank learners among each other, or certify their achievements. 

Formative Assessment vs. Summative Assessment

While both formative and summative assessments serve important purposes in evaluating trainee progress, they differ in many areas. Here’s how you can differentiate the two:

Key characteristics of formative assessment include:

  • Timeliness : It offers immediate feedback to learners, letting them make adjustments and improvements during ongoing training
  • Informative Feedback : It gives specific and actionable feedback that helps learners understand their strengths and areas for improvement. This feedback guides them toward achieving the desired learning outcomes.
  • Flexibility : Formative assessment allows trainers to adjust their instructional strategies based on learners' needs and progress. It gives an opportunity for personalized instruction and targeted interventions.
  • Engagement : Formative assessment actively involves learners in the learning process. It encourages self-reflection, metacognition, and active participation, promoting a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Key characteristics of summative assessment include:

  • Culminating Evaluation : Summative assessment aims to supply an overall evaluation of learner learning at a particular point in time. It assesses overall knowledge transfer and skills acquired throughout the learning period.
  • Accountability : It’s often used for external accountability, such as evaluating schools, programs, or comparing learner performance across different institutions or districts.
  • Standardization : Summative assessment follows predetermined criteria, rubrics, or standardized tests to guarantee consistency and fairness in evaluating learner performance.
  • High-Stakes : Summative assessment often carries significant weight in determining grades, promotions, or college admissions. The results have long-term implications for learners' academic progression.

Differences between formative and summative assessments

To summarize the distinctions between formative and summative assessment:

  • Timing : Formative assessment happens during the learning process, feeding ongoing feedback and guiding instruction, while summative assessment takes place at the end of a learning period, evaluating overall achievement.
  • Purpose : Formative assessment aims to monitor learner progress, identify areas for improvement, and guide instruction, whereas summative assessment measures the final outcomes and evaluates overall learning achievement.
  • Feedback : Formative assessment shares immediate and informative feedback to support learner learning and improvement, whereas summative assessment focuses more on final outcomes and may share limited insights.
  • Flexibility : Formative assessment allows for flexibility in instructional strategies and interventions based on ongoing feedback, while summative assessment is more standardized and follows predetermined criteria.
  • Stakes : Formative assessment has lower stakes and is primarily used for instructional purposes, while summative assessment often carries higher stakes and may have consequences for grading, ranking, or certificate.

10 Formative Assessment Examples

Now that you understand what formative assessment is and why it’s important, you may be thinking of implementing it into your training programs. Here are some effective ways you can do just that:

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  • Classroom Observations : Trainers can observe learners during class activities, discussions, or group work, paying attention to their engagement, participation, and understanding of the material. This allows trainers to gauge individual training progress and adjust instruction accordingly.
  • Questioning Techniques : Asking open-ended questions, probing for understanding, and engaging learners in meaningful discussions are powerful formative assessment strategies. By listening to learners' responses, trainers can assess their comprehension and critical thinking skills, and identify any misconceptions.
  • Exit Tickets : Exit tickets are short quizzes or prompts given at the end of a lesson to assess learners' comprehension and identify areas that may need further clarification. learners present brief written responses or select multiple-choice answers, allowing trainers to quickly assess their understanding.
  • Think-Pair-Share : This strategy involves learners thinking individually about a question or problem, discussing their thoughts with a partner, and then sharing their ideas with the class. It encourages active engagement, and collaboration, and lets the trainer assess learners' understanding through their discussions.
  • Quick Checks : Quick checks are brief, focused assessments that can be conducted orally or in written form. They aim to gauge learners' understanding of specific concepts or skills covered in a lesson. Quick checks share immediate feedback with both learners and trainers.
  • Graphic Organizers : Using graphic organizers, such as concept maps, Venn diagrams, or KWL charts, helps learners visually organize their thoughts and demonstrate their understanding of relationships between concepts. trainers can assess learners' comprehension based on the completeness and accuracy of their graphic organizers.
  • Peer and Self-Assessment : Peer and self-assessment promote active learning and metacognition. Learners assess their own work or share insights and types of knowledge with their peers. This encourages reflection and self-regulation and helps learners develop a deeper understanding of the assessment criteria.
  • Observational Checklists and Rubrics : Trainers can use checklists or rubrics to observe and assess learners' performance during class activities, presentations, or projects. These tools detail structured criteria for examples of formative evaluation, giving consistency and clarity in assessment.
  • Learner Reflections : Opening up opportunities for learners to reflect on their learning journey is an effective formative assessment technique. Learners can write reflections, create learning portfolios, or engage in discussions where they express their understanding, identify areas for growth, and set goals for improvement.
  • Digital Tools and Online Quizzes : Taking advantage of technology, trainers can implement digital tools and platforms that facilitate formative assessment. Online quizzes, interactive activities, and learning management systems allow for immediate feedback and data analysis to inform instructional decisions.

How to Create Formative Assessments with EdApp

EdApp is an innovative and user-friendly learning management system (LMS) that offers a range of features to support effective formative assessments.

How to Create Formative Assessments with EdApp

With its intuitive interface and comprehensive tools, EdApp empowers trainers and leaders to create engaging assessments that enhance learners' learning and deliver valuable insights into their progress. Here’s how you can start creating formative assessments using EdApp.

Step 1: Sign in to EdApp

Begin by signing in to your EdApp account. If you don't have an account, you can create one by following the registration process on the EdApp website.

Step 2: Access the Course Creator

Once you're logged in, navigate to the Course Creator feature in EdApp. This is where you can build and design your formative assessments. EdApp also has a great feature called AI Create , where you don’t have to do any heavy lifting on test creation. You can just let AI make one for you.

Step 3: Select Assessment Type

In the Course Creator, choose the assessment type that best suits your needs. EdApp offers various assessment options, including multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions, true or false, and more.

Step 4: Add Questions

Start adding questions to your assessment. For multiple-choice questions, add the question stem and the available answer options. For open-ended questions, allow learners to type their responses.

Step 5: Set Feedback and Correct Answers

Customize the feedback for each question. You can give specific opinions for correct and incorrect answers to guide learners' understanding and learning process. Additionally, specify the correct answer(s) for multiple-choice questions.

Step 6: Determine Scoring and Grading

Decide on the scoring system for your formative assessment. EdApp allows you to assign points to each question and set a total score for the assessment. You can also specify whether partial credit should be awarded for partially correct answers.

Step 7: Customize Assessment Settings

Explore the various settings available in EdApp to further customize your formative assessment. You can adjust the time limit for completing the assessment, determine whether learners can retake the assessment, and choose the feedback options for immediate or delayed feedback.

Step 8: Preview and Test

Before finalizing your formative assessment, take advantage of EdApp's preview feature to review how the assessment will appear to learners. This allows you to check for any formatting issues, guarantee clarity of questions, and validate the functionality of the assessment.

Step 9: Publish and Assign

Once you're satisfied with the formative assessment, publish it within EdApp and assign it to your desired group of learners. EdApp lets you easily distribute assessments to specific learners or entire classes.

Step 10: Track and Analyze Results

After learners have completed the formative assessment, EdApp has comprehensive analytics and reporting features. You can view individual learner results, identify areas of strength and weakness, and gain valuable insights into overall class performance.

EdApp's user-friendly interface, versatile assessment options, and robust analytics make it an excellent platform for creating and implementing formative assessments. By using EdApp's features, educators can effectively evaluate learner progress, give timely feedback, and drive continuous improvement in their teaching practices.

EdApp is a mobile learning management system designed for today’s digital habits, delivering more engaging and effective micro-learning directly to learners anytime and anywhere.

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Revolutionize Formative Assessments with AI-Powered Tools

6 AI tools to use to transform the way you check for understanding through formative assessment.

Formative assessments play a vital role in understanding student progress and adapting teaching strategies for better learning outcomes. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), educators now have access to a wide array of tools that can transform the way they create and use formative assessments in the classroom. Let’s explore some AI-powered tools that help teachers develop effective formative assessments:

What Is Formative Assessment?

Formative assessment is an ongoing way for teachers to check student understanding of what’s being taught. It gives the teacher information about how students are doing while they are still learning new material. Formative assessments can help identify concepts students are struggling with so teachers can adjust instruction, review, and reteach if needed. Examples of formative assessment include questioning during class discussions, quick writing or drawing assignments to show what they learned, practice quizzes, exit tickets, and more.

Six Tools for Creating Formative Assessments

You can always ask ChatGPT or your favorite AI chatbot to create a formative assessment. An example prompt you could use is, “Generate a list of [number] formative assessment ideas related to [insert topic] for my [grade level and subject] students.” Just replace each bracket with the information for each prompt. You can also ask ChatGPT to align your formative assessments with specific learning objectives. In addition, differentiate your formative assessments by asking ChatGPT to give you five assessment ideas using a variety of modalities like exit tickets, quizzes, graphic organizers, etc.  

Conker is an AI tool that permits teachers to generate formative assessments in the form of multiple choice, mixed, read & respond, or fill-in-the-blank questions.

Conker lets you create fast quizzes and formative assessments that can be differentiated by question type, grade level, and more. It will also allow you to copy/paste reading material to generate quizzes. All you have to do is open Conker and provide details about the quiz you want to create. Conker will then create a short formative assessment you can assign to students with a code or export it to Google Forms. You can even create a printable question sheet and answer sheet. There is a limited free plan, and teacher registration is required.

3. Magic School AI

MagicSchool is an AI with many tools available to teachers. Explore everything from lesson plan generation to formative assessment creation.

Magic School AI offers several tools and features that can be valuable for creating and implementing formative assessments in your classroom. This tool allows you to quickly build multiple-choice quizzes tailored to specific topics or standards. You can customize difficulty levels, question types, and answer keys to assess students’ base knowledge and readiness for new learning. In addition, you can generate quick reflection prompts or questions to collect student understanding at the end of a lesson. Then, you can quickly analyze the responses to identify areas for further clarification or address common misconceptions before moving on. There are both free and paid versions of the program. Learn even more about Magic School AI here .

4. QuestionWell

QuestionWell is an AI that provides teachers the chance to input topic, choose question type, and generate questions from text, YourTube, URL, uploaded documents, or imported questions.

QuestionWell generates questions so teachers can focus on what matters. Start by identifying the topic, content, and grade level. If you have text you want your formative assessment based on, you can provide it, but it isn’t necessary. Then, the AI will write questions. In the free version of QuestionWell, you can create a multiple-choice quiz with 20 questions. Once the questions are generated, select which ones you want to include in the quiz. Then, you can export the questions to tools like Google Forms, Kahoot, Canvas, Microsoft Word, and more.

5. Quiz Wizard

Quiz Wizard is an AI tool that lets teachers create formative assessments from topics, documents, texts, links, or audio/video.

Quiz Wizard is an AI-powered tool that generates multiple-choice questions and flashcards that can be used for formative assessments within seconds. The process is straightforward and involves you entering the topic of your choice into the tool, and Quiz Wizard takes care of the rest by generating unique questions and answers. The content can be exported to other platforms, like Microsoft Word.

6. Quizizz AI

Quizziz AI offers searchable quizzes by topic and provides the opportunity to create your own formative assessments.

Quizizz AI is an artificial intelligence-powered tool that can generate multiple-choice questions with four answer options. The tool can also automatically determine the appropriate number of questions to generate for a formative assessment from the content provided. You can create a quiz by uploading a document, entering text, or pasting a link to a webpage. Quizizz AI offers free and paid premium versions.

These AI-powered tools offer not only instant feedback but also insights into individual student needs, allowing you to tailor your instruction effectively. By leveraging these AI tools, you can create a dynamic and adaptive learning environment, fostering student engagement and growth.

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Formative is a real-time, interactive assessment tool.  A formative assessment is a formal or informal opportunity to do two things: identify which students are struggling AND intervene.  “If an educator does not make an intervention, then they have not done anything formative. However, if a teacher is looking at every moment of the day as an opportunity to make an intervention, then they are in fact always formative” (Craig Jones).

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Formative can be accessed on any web browser on a Windows, Android, or Apple operating system. There is a YouTube channel that holds easy-to-understand mini-tutorials. An active community forum provides innovative tips and assessments.

Formative is free to both teachers and students.  Teachers and school districts can purchase a partner version  with more features.

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Formative does not explicitly provide accommodations for learners with special needs.  However,  the tool can be used in conjunction with screen-magnifying and screen-reading programs.

Students under 13 must have parental consent to use Formative. Formative requires teachers to provide parents’ e-mail addresses so that consent can be obtained. Alternatively, parents can directly e-mail their consent to [email protected] . For all features to be operational, users need to permit cookie access. Cookies collect internet activity, and can be used by advertisers to direct ad pitches. Other user information gathered by Formative include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser types, internet service providers, referring or exit pages, click stream data, operating systems and the dates and times the site was visited.  Formative states that the information gathered is meant to improve the user experience, including information that is shared with outside websites that Formative links to (and that are clicked on by users).

Terms of Use: Users understand and accept that all content uploaded is considered to be in the public domain. Formative maintains a “worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, and otherwise fully exploit the User Content in connection with the Website and our (and our successors’ and assigns’) businesses, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third party websites and feeds).” Formative prohibits content that is copyrighted, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, sexually explicit, violent, or discriminates against protected groups.  Users are forbidden from using the tool for commercial transactions, such as contests or sweepstakes. Formative was designed for users in the United States, and makes no claim to be legal in other countries. Formative provides an e-mail address if anyone wishes to give feedback on their terms of service .

Equity: Formative has the potential to enhance deep learning among at-risk learners. Too often, at-risk learners may be labeled as unmotivated, lazy, or lacking focus.  Formative provides an opportunity for all students – especially at-risk students – to track and receive comments on their progress.  This may serve to improve equity in education, as teachers can provide meaningful feedback in real-time.

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  • Substitution: Substitution materializes when technology supplants an analog process. The exams provided by Formative can substitute exams that have traditionally been distributed using pencil and paper.
  • Augmentation: Augmentation occurs when technology functionally improves an analog process. Uploading an answer key to Formative makes grading seamless, rather than requiring the teacher to dutifully check the answer key for each student submission.
  • Modification: Modification is realized when technology notably overhauls an analog or digital process. Formative’s highly participatory community forums enables teachers to enrich their professional learning networks with others who hold diverse, deep, and dynamic backgrounds and experiences.
  • Redefinition: Redefinition takes place when technology creates a product that was not previously possible. The tool’s ability to let teachers observe students’ work in real-time, from one screen, is a significant redefining characteristic.

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A pathophysiology lecturer completed a lesson on childhood disorders of the gastrointestinal system.  Students have voiced misconceptions about pyloric stenosis, a congenital disorder.  The lecturer uploads an image of the duodenum and pylorus, and asks students to draw the disorder’s progression on the image.  The lecturer evaluates each student’s grasp of the content in real-time, and provides individualized feedback.

An algebra teacher visits the Formative community forum , where a math coach shared a code that embeds the Desmos graphing calculator as a content item in a question. The teacher copies and pastes the code into a worksheet, activating the graphing calculator.  She instructs her students to complete the worksheet so that they can gain practice in  graphing linear equations . The teacher helps individual students identify errors made, in real-time, when solving linear equations with unknown variables.

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After completing a lesson on the challenging topic of capital supply and markets to students who are not majoring in economics, a professor asks the class to self-reflect on the lesson.  The first question is an evaluative multiple choice question, and students can either choose one of three options:  (A) I understand; (B) I somewhat understand; or (C) I do not understand. The second question is an open-ended question, where students complete the following sentence: “After today, I can …” The final question is also open-ended, and students are prompted to explain a concept about capital supply and markets that was salient to them.

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Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.

Formative assessment—discovering what students know while they’re still in the process of learning it—can be tricky. Designing just the right assessment can feel high stakes—for teachers, not students—because we’re using it to figure out what comes next. Are we ready to move on? Do our students need a different path into the concepts? Or, more likely, which students are ready to move on and which need a different path?

When it comes to figuring out what our students really know, we have to look at more than one kind of information. A single data point—no matter how well designed the quiz, presentation, or problem behind it—isn’t enough information to help us plan the next step in our instruction.

Add to that the fact that different learning tasks are best measured in different ways, and we can see why we need a variety of formative assessment tools we can deploy quickly, seamlessly, and in a low-stakes way—all while not creating an unmanageable workload. That’s why it’s important to keep it simple: Formative assessments generally just need to be checked, not graded, as the point is to get a basic read on the progress of individuals, or the class as a whole.

7 Approaches to Formative Assessment

1. Entry and exit slips: Those marginal minutes at the beginning and end of class can provide some great opportunities to find out what kids remember. Start the class off with a quick question about the previous day’s work while students are getting settled—you can ask differentiated questions written out on chart paper or projected on the board, for example.

Exit slips can take lots of forms beyond the old-school pencil and scrap paper. Whether you’re assessing at the bottom of Bloom’s taxonomy or the top, you can use tools like Padlet or Poll Everywhere , or measure progress toward attainment or retention of essential content or standards with tools like Google Classroom’s Question tool , Google Forms with Flubaroo , and Edulastic , all of which make seeing what students know a snap.

A quick way to see the big picture if you use paper exit tickets is to sort the papers into three piles : Students got the point; they sort of got it; and they didn’t get it. The size of the stacks is your clue about what to do next.

No matter the tool, the key to keeping students engaged in the process of just-walked-in or almost-out-the-door formative assessment is the questions. Ask students to write for one minute on the most meaningful thing they learned. You can try prompts like:

  • What are three things you learned, two things you’re still curious about, and one thing you don’t understand?
  • How would you have done things differently today, if you had the choice?
  • What I found interesting about this work was...
  • Right now I’m feeling...
  • Today was hard because...

Or skip the words completely and have students draw or circle emojis to represent their assessment of their understanding.

2. Low-stakes quizzes and polls: If you want to find out whether your students really know as much as you think they know, polls and quizzes created with Socrative or Quizlet or in-class games and tools like Quizalize , Kahoot , FlipQuiz, Gimkit , Plickers , and Flippity can help you get a better sense of how much they really understand. (Grading quizzes but assigning low point values is a great way to make sure students really try: The quizzes matter, but an individual low score can’t kill a student’s grade.) Kids in many classes are always logged in to these tools, so formative assessments can be done very quickly. Teachers can see each kid’s response, and determine both individually and in aggregate how students are doing.

Because you can design the questions yourself, you determine the level of complexity. Ask questions at the bottom of Bloom’s taxonomy and you’ll get insight into what facts, vocabulary terms, or processes kids remember. Ask more complicated questions (“What advice do you think Katniss Everdeen would offer Scout Finch if the two of them were talking at the end of chapter 3?”), and you’ll get more sophisticated insights.

3. Dipsticks: So-called alternative formative assessments are meant to be as easy and quick as checking the oil in your car, so they’re sometimes referred to as dipsticks . These can be things like asking students to:

  • write a letter explaining a key idea to a friend,
  • draw a sketch to visually represent new knowledge, or
  • do a think, pair, share exercise with a partner.

Your own observations of students at work in class can provide valuable data as well, but they can be tricky to keep track of. Taking quick notes on a tablet or smartphone, or using a copy of your roster, is one approach. A focused observation form is more formal and can help you narrow your note-taking focus as you watch students work.

4. Interview assessments: If you want to dig a little deeper into students’ understanding of content, try discussion-based assessment methods. Casual chats with students in the classroom can help them feel at ease even as you get a sense of what they know, and you may find that five-minute interview assessments work really well. Five minutes per student would take quite a bit of time, but you don’t have to talk to every student about every project or lesson.

You can also shift some of this work to students using a peer-feedback process called TAG feedback (Tell your peer something they did well, Ask a thoughtful question, Give a positive suggestion). When you have students share the feedback they have for a peer, you gain insight into both students’ learning.

For more introverted students—or for more private assessments—use Flipgrid , Explain Everything , or Seesaw to have students record their answers to prompts and demonstrate what they can do.

5. Methods that incorporate art: Consider using visual art or photography or videography as an assessment tool. Whether students draw, create a collage, or sculpt, you may find that the assessment helps them synthesize their learning . Or think beyond the visual and have kids act out their understanding of the content. They can create a dance to model cell mitosis or act out stories like Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” to explore the subtext.

6. Misconceptions and errors: Sometimes it’s helpful to see if students understand why something is incorrect or why a concept is hard. Ask students to explain the “ muddiest point ” in the lesson—the place where things got confusing or particularly difficult or where they still lack clarity. Or do a misconception check : Present students with a common misunderstanding and ask them to apply previous knowledge to correct the mistake, or ask them to decide if a statement contains any mistakes at all, and then discuss their answers.

7. Self-assessment: Don’t forget to consult the experts—the kids. Often you can give your rubric to your students and have them spot their strengths and weaknesses.

You can use sticky notes to get a quick insight into what areas your kids think they need to work on. Ask them to pick their own trouble spot from three or four areas where you think the class as a whole needs work, and write those areas in separate columns on a whiteboard. Have you students answer on a sticky note and then put the note in the correct column—you can see the results at a glance.

Several self-assessments let the teacher see what every kid thinks very quickly. For example, you can use colored stacking cups that allow kids to flag that they’re all set (green cup), working through some confusion (yellow), or really confused and in need of help (red).

Similar strategies involve using participation cards for discussions (each student has three cards—“I agree,” “I disagree,” and “I don’t know how to respond”) and thumbs-up responses (instead of raising a hand, students hold a fist at their belly and put their thumb up when they’re ready to contribute). Students can instead use six hand gestures to silently signal that they agree, disagree, have something to add, and more. All of these strategies give teachers an unobtrusive way to see what students are thinking.

No matter which tools you select, make time to do your own reflection to ensure that you’re only assessing the content and not getting lost in the assessment fog . If a tool is too complicated, is not reliable or accessible, or takes up a disproportionate amount of time, it’s OK to put it aside and try something different.

11 Online Tools for Student Assessment

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11 Online Tools for Student Assessment

Evaluating your students’ knowledge doesn’t have to be repetitive and one-sided. In the past, tests and quizzes on paper were the norm in testing student’s understanding of a topic. Now, there is an abundance of different ways to assess your students in engaging and fun ways. Digital tools have only expanded your options.

Incorporating these digital assessments into your classes is a perfect tool to test your students’ knowledge in an engaging, gamified way. Many digital tools also track and record grades and responses for you to get a full breakdown of your classroom learning. This automatic grading allows frees up more of your time so that it can be better spent on what matters most.

Below we’ve listed 11 popular tools for student assessment and the pros and cons of each. Read on to find the perfect solution for you and your students.

A favorite amount student response apps, Kahoot! is a game-based way for you to ask your students questions. Kahoot! can be played live, in groups, or assigned as homework. Used on the web, there are no downloads or signups for your students.

  • Free access to a library of premade Kahoots
  • Share results after a Kahoot is completed
  • Add photos, videos, and diagrams to your Kahoots

Pricing : Kahoot! is a free tool!

Socrative is a web-based platform that allows you to ask students pre-made questions or questions on the fly. Create quizzes, ask individual questions, get feedback, or use it for exit tickets. The most engaging feature is the space race, where students compete during a quiz for who can get the most correct answers.

  • Instantly save and grade results
  • Available on all platforms
  • Keep a library of past quizzes in your account

Pricing : A free for up to 50 students! Check out Socrative Pro for K-12 or Socrative Pro for Higher Education for more features.

Google Forms

Google Forms can be used to assess your students in a variety of ways. Not just for quizzes, but also for surveying, exit tickets, and many more customizable options. Google Forms can grade submissions automatically and is integrated right in with Google Classroom so that all of your data is in one place.

  • Collaborate with others during the creation of the form
  • Store form responses on a spreadsheet
  • Share online, through email, or by PDF and paper

Pricing : GSuite can be used by schools and educators for free! Find out more at edu.google.com .

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Quizizz is an interactive polling platform that integrates with other popular teaching applications, like Google Classroom. Create your own Quizizz or handpicked questions from the millions of free already created questions by teachers. Students can use any device to answer questions at their own pace, and Quizizz will grade them for you automatically.

  • Live Mode or Homework mode for in-person or remote teaching
  • Individualized scoring reports by student and question
  • Integrate with Google Classroom to store all data in one place

Pricing : Quizizz is free!

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If you and your students only have access to a teacher device or are interested in more of a low tech option, Plickers is the tool for you. First, you create questions online, then print out specially coded cards. Then, students hold up these cards after you’ve launched the questions in class. Finally, using the Plickers app on your device, you scan the room to collect instant results.

  • True/false or multiple choice questions
  • Share Plicker Packs with other teachers through email
  • Scoresheet to track students’ results overtime

Pricing : Use Plickers for free! Or, for more features, check out Plickers Pro for $9/month.

Quizlet Live

Most students know about Quizlet for studying with their flashcards and other engaging games. However, Quizlet Live is a competition-based collaborative quiz game for students. Together, they will work to answer all the questions right in a row. Use any Quizlet Set and begin playing Live!

  • Individual mode for playing when students are remote
  • Focus on accuracy over speed; therefore, if a question is answered wrong, students will start again from the beginning
  • Class Progress reporting to see how students are studying

Pricing : Quizlet live is free! For the ability to customize Quizlet Live games and more features, use Quizlet Teacher. Try a 30-day free trial, or use it at $3/month.

Formative is a tool for you to create online formative assessments. You can choose to edit pre-made Formatives from their library or create your own with their question types or by uploading a file. As students submit their answers, you can follow along and see live results and data for each student and each question.

  • Add many different question types or content to your Formatives such as audio and video to whiteboards and multiple-choice to graphing questions
  • Integrated with Google Classroom for saving data and uploading files from your Google account to use in a Formative
  • Give feedback on student responses through audio, images, or video format

Pricing : Formative has a variety of plans to choose from. Start with the Basic plan for free, or check out the Premium plan at $15/month and the Small Team plan at $20/month for more features.

Try a new way of assessing your students by using Flipgrid’s video responses. Flipgrid is a discussion platform for students to leave short responses via recorded videos. Create a Grid for your class and add different topics for the students to contribute to. Every student has a chance to reflect and share their opinion in a creative way.

  • Leave responses and comment on each student response
  • Add text, filters, frames, and stickers to videos
  • Track student engagement through your Teacher Dashboard

Pricing : Flipgrid is free for all users!

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Quizalize is a complete online dashboard of your student results. This tool is great for tracking the assessments you create, not only yearly but daily. Quizalize allows you to differentiate assignments and quizzes to challenge students individually. Create your own assessment or add in questions and use premade tests from their library.

  • Sync grades with Google Classroom, Microsoft Office, and other LMS
  • Engage students with added videos, links, and images
  • Over 20 question types such as multiple-choice, matching, and graphing questions

Pricing : Get started with a Free Forever Plan , or check out the Teacher Premium Plan for $100/year. Edulastic also has plans for your institution or district.

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Gimkit is a growing live quiz game with a twist. Instead of earning points for correct answers, students earn virtual money. With their money, they can buy upgrades and powerups to use during the quiz. Quizzes are setup in Kits for students to go through at their own pace, or done later for homework.

  • Classroom and individual student reporting to see which topics and students need extra help
  • Automatic grading for assigned homework Kits
  • Create Kits from scratch, or upload an existing quiz from Quizlet,

Pricing : Gimkit’s has a free Basic Plan or a Pro Plan for $5/month, or ProPass for $10/month with more features and unlimited Kits.

Quizalize is an online gamified assessment tool that gives you extraordinary data on your student results. Choose to create your own quizzes and activities, or use any from their marketplace. Each question your students respond to will have detailed data on the skills mastered related to your curriculum.

  • Sync classes with Google Classroom
  • Assign follow-up activities to students after completion of a quiz
  • Scrambled word or multiple choice questions

Pricing : Quzalize offers a free Teacher Basic Plan , a Premium for Teachers Plan at $5.75/month or Premium for Teams and Departments at $4.50/month.

How to choose?

If you are looking to add fun into your classroom in a productive and engaging way, consider one of the gamified tools like Kahoot!, Gimkit, or Quizizz.

For an assessment tool that is data-driven , choose between Edulastic, Formative, Quizalize, or Socrative.

If you are a Google Classroom user, and need a simple tool to test, or get feedback from your students, use Google Forms.

To continue adding student engagement in your classroom in new ways , use Quizlet Live or Flipgrid.

Not all students have a device during class. If this is the case at your school, use Plickers to still engage students and record data.

Engaging students can be implemented into any part of your lesson plans. Read more about why student engagement is so important here.

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For teachers, establishing an effective learning environment requires them to first assess how much of a topic their learners already know about- then deploy some of the best formative assessment tools to further enhance their learning. 

After teachers have assessed the existing knowledge levels, they can start working on the instructions and the curriculum. 

The best formative assessment tools can help teachers get valuable data on learners’ performance that can help them modify instructions and help students self-assess their performance.

In this article, we’ve compiled 20 of the best formative assessment tools that can prove beneficial for both teachers and students and keep the learning effective and efficient.

But first, a little background on formative assessments.

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What Is Formative Assessment?

A formative assessment is often referred to as an “assessment for learning.” These are the assessments that the instructors use in the first phase of developing learning material and instructions for the learners.

The aim of conducting formative assessments is to measure the level of knowledge before the learning process begins. In simple words, it’s to identify:

  • Those who’re struggling with instructions, and 
  • The areas where they are struggling

Measuring knowledge would also differ based on different types of formative assessments out there. Speaking of types, here are some of the most common types of formative assessments that teachers use:

  • Observation
  • Diagnostic tests

Now, let’s quickly take a look at why formative assessments are important. 

Why is Formative Assessment Important?

Here are the top reasons why formative assessment is important: 

  • It helps in identifying learners’ individual strengths and weaknesses. 
  • It helps in identifying knowledge gaps. 
  • It helps teachers recognize the areas where students are facing problems and helps address those problems. 
  • It helps improve students’ performance with the help of ongoing feedback. 
  • It lets the teachers examine the instructional practices to determine the ones that produce desired results and the ones that don’t. 

With that out of the way, let’s have a look at the difference between formative and summative assessments.

Formative Assessment vs. Summative Assessment

While formative assessments are conducted to identify the knowledge gaps, summative assessments are conducted to determine if those gaps have been addressed with a set of instructions.

A formative assessment aims to monitor student progress with repetitive feedback that instructors can use to improve their instructions for students to improve their learning. A formative assessment doesn’t have a high or low point; it’s a low-stake assessment. 

On the other hand, a summative assessment aims to evaluate students’ learning at the end or completion of instruction by comparing it with standard performance. A formative assessment is usually a high-stakes assessment, meaning they have a high point value.

Now that we know the difference between the two let’s quickly look at five ways to conduct formative assessments before moving to the list of tools. 

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5 Ways to Conduct Formative Assessments

As discussed above, there are different types of formative assessments. Here are some of the ways and formative assessments examples: 

  • Entry and exit slip: Ask questions at the beginning and the end of the class. Set aside a few minutes to ask students about their previous day’s lessons. 
  • Short quizzes: Build short online quizzes with 1-5 questions to see where your students stand in terms of knowledge.
  • One-minute papers: Ask your students to write a brief answer that you can collect and then analyze later. 
  • Interview assessments: Have a casual chat with students in the classroom and engage them in a discussion based-assessment.
  • Dipsticks:  Ask students to write a letter, draw a sketch to present knowledge visually, or make them think, pair, or share an exercise with a partner.

Formative assessments can take a variety of forms. However, the key aspect is to guide instruction and learning going forward, rather than presenting an overall picture of learner achievement.

Now, let’s take a better look into all of these tools’ features, functionalities, and pricing. 

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Here are 20 of the best formative assessment tools for you to try. 

1.  ProProfs Quiz Maker

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ProProfs is a popular online quiz software widely used by businesses for creating online assessments to provide learning & training across the world. 

ProProfs’ online assessment solutions have made it the first choice for instructors, teachers, and trainers to create and conduct online assessments making it the best quiz maker . 

It’s a feature-rich tool and one of the best online teaching software that offers the most delightful experience to its users. It comes with an assessment library of 100+ ready-to-use assessments across thousands of topics. 

Anyone looking for a professionally designed assessment can look into the library and find a suitable assessment as per their needs. Or, they create an assessment from scratch with the help of 100k ready-to-use questions. It’s super simple and easy. 

  • 100+ Ready-to-Use Templates:  Get access to 100+ personality and scored quiz templates to create formative assessments in minutes.
  • Question Library:  Explore 100,000+ ready-to-use questions across thousands of topics from the question library.
  • 10+ Question Types:  Get access to 10+ question types, including multiple-choice, True or False, and video questions (or video responses ), to gauge different learning abilities.
  • Automated Grading:  Pre-assign scores to correct answers in advance to save time spent in grading individual questions.
  • Instant Feedback:  Assign feedback for correct and incorrect answers to be displayed instantly after the question is answered. Instant feedback makes it easier for students to learn from mistakes in formative assessments.
  • White-Label Quizzes:  Brand your assessments by adding a logo and theme of your choice.
  • Completion Certificates:  Customize completion certificates that can be automatically issued to the learners upon completing the assessment.
  • 100+ Settings & Configurations:  Configure your assessments and other settings like security, notifications, availability, and more.
  • Easy to use 
  • Intuitive UI
  • Automatic reporting
  • Multiple language support
  • Could use some more educational templates

Pricing: Starts at $20/month.

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2.  Edulastic

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Edulastic is one of the top formative assessment tools for teachers. It offers educators a time-saving and customizable solution for assigning digital quizzes, tests, assessments, or worksheets to students. It’s one of the best test maker software and lets teachers easily build and deliver multiple technology-enhanced assessments across different types in one place. 

Features: 

  • In-depth reports: Get access to five different assessment reports such as express grader, single assessment, multiple assessments, student profile, and standards mastery report. 
  • Shuffle question order: Randomize the order in which questions appear to students in a test.
  • Read-aloud: With the read-aloud feature, display green play and stop buttons above each question that you can click to hear a voice reading the text.
  • Calculator: Teachers or instructors can provide a basic or scientific calculator to the students.
  • Co-Instructor: As a teacher or instructor, you can add a co-teacher or a co-instructor for their class. 
  • Rubric-based scoring: Teachers can create rubrics and share them across their district. While grading with a rubric, you can select scores from the dropdown. The score will adjust automatically.
  • Assessment Draft Collaboration: With this feature, you can share an assessment with others to provide for joint editing. 
  • User-friendly
  • Pre-built tests
  • Predefined test standards for easy creation
  • Occasional glitches
  • Needs more diagnostic tests

Pricing: Starts free. Paid plans start from $100 per year.

3.  EdPuzzle

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With EdPuzzle, you can turn any video into an online assessment. It works on a simple algorithm – you take a video, add questions, and assign it to your students. Doing so helps you unlock the power of videos through simple editing tools. EdPuzzle strives to create a shared library of the highest quality video lessons with the video-to-assessment approaches. 

  • Multiple questions/comments: You can add as many questions/comments in the video as you like by simply clicking the +icon. 
  • Student Projects: Assign your students a project on EdPuzzle to let them have the teachers’ experience. By doing so, you can give them access to videos from various sources, and they can edit videos or create their own video lessons. 
  • Folders: Organize various video lessons into different folders for better segregation. You can organize these folders by class, subjects, and more. 
  • EdPuzzle Chrome Extension: Establish direct navigation to EdsPuzzle by installing EdPuzzle Chrome Extension. An ‘edit on EDpuzzle’ button appears beneath YouTube videos. Clicking this button will take you directly to EDpuzzle, where you can personalize that same video.
  • Extremely creative
  • Multiple presentation options
  • Fine control over videos
  • Cannot create alternate video endings
  • No automatic captions

Pricing: Starts free. Paid plans start from $12.50 per month

4.  Flipgrid

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It’s a platform for video discussion that lets teachers empower discussions by posting topics in the form of videos, texts, and other multimedia resources, including GIFs. 

Learners can participate in or respond to the discussions by recording a video. The video responses can be recorded using the software’s camera and then posted to the original topic. 

Students can record these videos as many times as needed before uploading and include emoji, text, stickers, drawings, or custom stickers. 

This tool is perfectly compatible with mobile devices with a camera and power backup. 

  • Fit for Engagement: Create short mini-lectures, video announcements, or videos to introduce concepts.
  • Options drawer: Get access to several options like upload clip, only mic, mirror video, mute, and record screen. 
  • Effects drawer: Bring exciting effects into your videos like text, filters, ink, board, stickers, photo, and frames. 
  • Sticky note: Let the participants type notes to view when recording the video. 

 Pros:

  • Easy to submit responses
  • Minimalistic interface
  • Great admin control
  • Joining groups can be confusing
  • Difficult to assess mathematics assessments

Pricing: Free to use.

5.  Gimkit

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A classroom game-show platform, Gimkit can be used in any classroom to introduce or review concepts. You can call it a mix of Kahoot and Quizlet. At Gimkit, the students compete by answering quiz questions on their devices. 

The quiz games are fun and engaging but are assigned to students for self-assessment. It lets students connect via game codes on any web browser. They can either compete against each other or make teams, and the teachers can download detailed reports every time. You can create a Gimkit game in a few minutes with a collaborative quiz-building tool. 

  • Live Games: Let your students have fun, engage and learn simultaneously. 
  • Game Modes: Keep exploring new and exciting game modes that release around the year.
  • Projects: Assign projects to students where they can publish their work and learn from one another. 
  • Stories: Introduce a new way of sharing ideas through gaming stories. 
  • The Paper: Let your students have the place to read and learn across multiple classes and projects.
  • Easy to get started
  • Minimal setup
  • Fast-paced live gameplay
  • Suggestive content in the image library
  • It can become slightly distracting

Pricing: Starts at $650/year

6.  Kahoot

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As a game-based learning platform, Kahoot can be a good choice for teachers looking to test their students before giving lessons. Kahoot is quite easy-to-use and helps enhance student learning. It’s quite popular among K-12 teachers and widely used across the world. The quizzes built on Kahoot are mobile-responsive and can be accessed via any web browser. 

  • Easy-to-use: Easily create quizzes in minutes, build quizzes from templates, import questions from a spreadsheet, and more. 
  • Gameplay: Get your students to play individually or divide them into teams, set a timer, and more. You can even host these quiz games on video conferencing. 
  • Sharing & Organization: Use team space as game banks and more to share games with other Kahoot users.
  • Reports & Analytics: Access reports with visual insights, download reports in spreadsheets, assign personalized learning, and more. 
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Create questions at scale and issue them seamlessly
  • Mobile app support 
  • Tricky integrations
  • Requires a strong internet connection

Pricing: Starts at $17/month.

7.  InsertLearning

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Like its name, InsertLearning is an online tool that helps teachers insert learning content into an existing resource. It lets you take any website you can find and turn it into an embeddable resource. 

You can insert comments, links, and videos and post these things on top of the website as it’s. Then, you can assign it to students for them to read and go through, and then they can check their comprehension through questions and discussion threads. It’s an amazing way to have kids learn online and great for distance learning .  

  • Differentiate for every student: Easily pair text with questions and media to help your students become better learners. 
  • Authentic Sources: Create high-quality content by using primary sources for your students to work on and improve their performance. 
  • Engaging tools: Use interactive questions, create discussions, conduct live annotations, and more to make your assessments engaging and fun. 
  • Embedded Discussions: Help all students share their ideas while reading by letting them annotate any web page. 
  • Real-Time Assessment & Intervention: Keep track of students’ performance and respond when your students need help. 
  • Useful for critical reading
  • Break reading into manageable chunks
  • Add sticky notes
  • The teacher dashboard needs more refinement

Pricing: Starts at $0/month.

8.  Padlet

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Padlet is an easy-to-use online bulletin board that provides easy collaboration between teachers & students. It can work on any device and lets teachers share any information in any form like text, links, files, photos, videos, etc. 

It also lets you design your pages in many different ways with the available set of customizations.

  • Easy-to-use: Easily add posts with one click, copy-paste, or drag & drop. 
  • Universal & Inclusive: Easily collaborate with anyone around the globe in 29+ languages.
  • Collaboration: Invite others to contribute without signup, work with unlimited contributors, configure permissions, and more. 
  • Overall Support: Embed content from anywhere on the web, including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, The New York Times, and 400 other apps
  • Apps: Easily access on iOS, Android, or Kindle devices. Scan QR codes from within each app. 
  • Private & Secured: Choose from a public, secret, password-protected, totally private, and organization-wide.
  • Flexible & Versatile: Access three layouts to convey information. Use as a square board, feed for information, open canvas, and more. 
  • Easy customizations
  • Great security features
  • Seamless collaboration
  • Has a slight learning curve
  • Could use some shortcuts for sharing

9.  Mentimeter

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An online presentation software, Mentimeter, is used by more than 25 million people across the globe. It’s used to create fun and interactive presentations. It lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. It helps become a better presenter and helps in getting unbiased input and churning out real-time tangible and actionable data.

  • Word Cloud: Easily build your word clouds in real-time. 
  • Mobile-responsive: Gather data, run polls, and fetch opinions using smart devices. 
  • Presentation Builder: Easily create interactive presentations in the Mentimeter presentation builder. 
  • Translate: Take your data and translate it into your audience’s language effortlessly. 
  • Export data: Get insights on participants with trends and data export. 
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Highly customizable polls
  • Create follow-up sessions
  • Limited design flexibility
  • Presentations can feel overly simplistic

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10.  Pear Deck

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A web-based formative assessment tool, Pear Deck, lets teachers create interactive lessons using the G-suite tools. This tool offers a library of free templates that they can use to create interactive assessments in their slides. 

  • Engaging & Interactive: You can keep your lessons in a format you can use, create, collaborate, and share with a single click.
  • Seamless Integration: Easily integrates with Microsoft and Google Apps for education. 
  • Unlimited Storage: Store all your lessons in Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. 
  • Easy Implementation: No need to upload files or learn to work with a new set of tools. It’s built to work with the existing apps you use. 
  • Engaging presentations
  • Useful vocabulary tool
  • Easy progress tracking
  • It can feel a bit laggy and slow at times
  • Cannot integrate videos into presentations

11.  ASSISTments

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Assessments is another one of the many free evaluation tools for teachers that makes it easy for them to assign assessments from their curriculum and assess students’ progress remotely. 

Students also get immediate feedback while working on their assignments through Assessments and teachers get tons of actionable data about students, which they can use to make changes to their instructions. 

  • Open Educational Resources: Assign independent practice tests online and get data from all individual students.
  • Proprietary Text Books: Provide a deep learning experience to students with copyrighted textbooks.
  • Skill Builders: Provide targeted practice on specific skills to students through a common core skill repository. 
  • State Tests: Gives students a taste of the real-world assessments using the repository of questions from previous state tests.
  • Easy personalization
  • Assign skills to students
  • Automatic reports
  • Requires a lot of manual input from students

12.  Plickers

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Plickers is yet another one in the list of powerful learning assessment tools teachers use to build and conduct formative assessments online. With Plickers, teachers can print specially coded cards which the students can hold in the air as their responses, and the Plickers app scans them for the data. 

  • Prepare Classes and Questions: Add student groups to classes and assign each student a unique card number.
  • Scan Student Cards: Display content to students through the Now Playing feature and scan cards for answers. 
  • Store and Review Results: Keep track of all the student data after the sessions and measure performance. 
  • Pack User Permissions: Define the type of permissions you want to give your colleagues and limit access. 
  • Built-in Reports: Get a detailed report of the total class score, individual score, total score for individual sets, and much more. 
  • Device and screen-free classrooms
  • Procedural and reflective questions
  • Test quizzes and exam questions
  • Only displays one question at a time
  • Limited question types

Pricing: Starts at $5.99/month.

13.  Formative

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Formative is one of the most robust formative assessment tools money can buy. The tool includes a list of formative assessments that are built-in and can be edited by the teachers as per their needs instead of creating everything from scratch. Teachers can also track some extremely insightful data and intervene whenever necessary. 

  • Digital Whiteboards: Tap into your students’ thinking and engage them using digital whiteboards.
  • Upload Images: Upload images and erase items from your whiteboard for greater flexibility.
  • Flipped Instructional Videos: Create standalone videos and attach questions or add videos to questions for better engagement. 
  • Audio-Video Recordings: Let students record their answers in audio or video format. 
  • Better Feedback: Leave comments on students’ work to give contextual feedback for better understanding. 
  • Copy and paste alerts
  • Real-time insights
  • Evaluate projects using rubrics
  • No family access
  • Needs more collaboration opportunities

Pricing: Free for educators, custom pricing plans for partners

14.  Google Forms

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You have probably heard of Google Forms as a survey maker tool but probably not a tool for formative tests. Teachers can actually use Google Forms to build quizzes, and all the data received can be fed into Google Sheets for analysis. Also, there are plenty of add-ons and integrations that teachers can use to improve their classroom assessments. 

  • Google Drive Responses: Respond to students and collaborate in real-time using Google Drive.
  • Google Expeditions: Take your students on a virtual field trip and improve learning and engagement through Google Expeditions.
  • Share Resources: Create folders in Google Drive, add content and share them with your learning network seamlessly. 
  • Create Visualizations: Create charts and graphs in Google Sheets or let your students do so for a better learning experience. 
  • Seamless Integrations: Integrate Google Forms with other Google tools to supercharge your workflow. 
  • Autocomplete answers
  • Quiz answer suggestions
  • Automatic grading
  • Limited customizations
  • Basic reporting and analytics

15.  Jamboard

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Jamboard is an online whiteboard application from Google that can be used as a learning assessment tool by collaborating across multiple devices. Students can use Jamboard to create presentations, bring resources from different Google platforms and collaborate with others in real-time for a great learning experience. 

  • Collaborate: Share jam sessions in real-time and collaborate with people on any device. 
  • Google Drive Integration: View, edit and share your jam files from anywhere using Google Drive storage. 
  • Host Video Meetings: Schedule meetings using Google Calendar and present your whiteboard remotely. 
  • Multiple Device Support: Create, edit and share jams from your mobile phone, tablet, and computer.
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Seamless GSuite integrations
  • Multi-device support
  • Cannot embed external sources

Pricing: Free.

16.  Nearpod

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Nearpod is an interactive classroom tool used by teachers to engage their students through interactive lessons. Teachers can use Nearpod to easily create and share lessons and formative exams that sync across all devices and encourage student participation. 

  • Easy-to-Use: Find built-in lessons or create interactive ones within minutes.
  • Synchronized Learning: Use your web conferencing application to control and synchronize lessons for all students. 
  • Access Anytime and Anywhere: Assign self-paced lessons to your student that they can access anytime and complete at their own pace.
  • Individual Access: Track performance and learn about each student individually with the help of individual access controls.
  • Great for making presentations
  • Better engagement 
  • Offers a unified view
  • Slow response time
  • Answers take time to load

Pricing: Starts free. Paid plans from $159 USD/year

17.  PlayPosit

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PlayPosit’s a web and Chrome-based online assessment software that focuses on video assessments. With Playposit, teachers can easily create and edit video assessments directly from streamed or uploaded content. 

  • Responsive Interface: Change player settings, navigate interactions, and access notes with the revamped interface. 
  • Seamless Viewing Experience: Watch videos and clips unlimited times without any interruptions. 
  • Sidebar Interactions: Adjust player features and interactions to fit perfectly in the sidebar. 
  • Student Notes: Take searchable, downloadable, and timestamped notes within the video lectures.
  • Enriching Slides: Build full screen slides for images and extra content for more engagement. 
  • Access anywhere
  • Easy embedding
  • Custom branding
  • Unreliable auto-grading

Pricing: Starts at $144/year.

18.  LessonUp

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LessonUp is one of the most popular web-based formative assessment tools that boost engagement and empower learning by integrating teaching materials with images, videos, presentations, and much more. Teachers can easily present lessons in class in which the students can either participate or receive independent work. 

  • Targeted Content: Create interactive lessons from built-in content based on objectives.
  • Engage Students: Boost classroom interaction by deploying more than 10 interactive classroom elements. 
  • Flexible Teaching: Teach online and offline, from anywhere in the world, and with or without personal devices.
  • Easy Integrations: Integrate LessonUp with popular online tools and transfer your data seamlessly.
  • Provide instant feedback
  • Interactive elements
  • Use existing lessons
  • Slight learning curve
  • Complicated video integration

Pricing: Starts at $69/teacher/year.

19.  Wooclap

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Wooclap is an interactive platform and a great evaluation tool for teachers, making smartphones and computers an amazing learning tool for students. Students can easily connect to the platform on their computer or smartphone using a link and without downloading any applications. 

  • Multiple Question Types: Communicate effectively with your students using 15 plus question types. 
  • Presentations: Interact with students the right way by creating and customizing PowerPoint presentations
  • Remote Use: Share interactive lectures by video conferencing applications from anywhere in the world.
  • Easy Exporting: Visualize, and export student reports in multiple formats and track progress. 
  • User-friendly interface
  • Easy accessibility
  • No smartphone support
  • Occasional glitches and bugs

Pricing: Free for K-12 educators. Paid plans for higher education start at $6.99  per month, billed annually.

20.  ClassFlow

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ClassFlow is a web-based lesson delivery and a formative assessment tool used by teachers to deliver engaging lessons and assessments from mobile devices or computers by simply connecting to the internet. 

  • Instant Polls: Engage your students by sending them instant polls.
  • Multiple Question Types: Choose from eight different question types and build diverse assessments. 
  • Assist Students: Gauge student responses and assist low-performing and struggling students.
  • Gather Feedback: Collect feedback data from your students in real-time, which is saved automatically in your account
  • Easy collaboration 
  • Data security
  • Digital badges
  • Tricky for young students to get used to
  • Complex navigation

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Pick a Tool That Works the Best for You

So, that was the list of some of the best online formative assessment tools out there. Here’s hoping we could give you a fair idea about all the tools mentioned in this listicle. 

Each of the online formative assessment tools mentioned above stands out in its own way and offers a holistic teaching experience to teachers, which helps them improve instructions for their students. Take a good look, explore more functionalities, and choose wisely!

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Formative Assessment Tools: 10 Types of Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

This article provides an overview of the importance of formative assessment and its benefits. It also highlights the various formative assessment tools available in the market.

Online education and learning have been growing steadily since the pandemic. Despite schools and learning institutions returning to physical learning, online learning initiatives are still making an impact and will only continue to grow further.

As per research , the global e-learning market size is expected to be $278 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 13% to reach $462.6 billion by 2027. In this evolving landscape, teaching and assessment have undergone tremendous change.

Formative assessments have been gaining momentum, a dynamic process involving online mechanisms to test and provide real-time feedback. Due to their several benefits, they are now part of mainstream education, making learning more simplified and effective.

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What is formative assessment.

  • Real-Time Student Assessment
  • Improved Student Engagement
  • Reduction In Achievement Gaps
  • Continuous Development
  • Enhanced Teacher-Student Relationships
  • Hurix Digital
  • Google Classroom Question Tool
  • TestGorilla
  • ASSISTments

Within the realm of education, formative assessment is an ongoing practice that monitors and assesses a student’s learning progress and comprehension throughout a course.

Unlike summative assessment, which is administered at the end of a learning period and provides a final grade or evaluation of the student’s learning, formative assessment can be conducted regularly. It seeks to enlighten the teacher and the student about the student’s present level of understanding and areas in need of improvement.

Some formative assessment examples include interactive quizzes, multiple choice questions (MCQs), assignments, or group projects, which help students put their understanding to the test.

This type of assessment provides valuable feedback to both the student and the teacher, which can be utilized to adjust and improve the learning experience.

Importance of Formative Assessment

Here are some key reasons why it is crucial for learning:

1. Real-Time Student Assessment

Formative assessment is like the GPS for learning. It helps students put their learning to the test and get instant feedback.

It’s all about the journey of learning, not just the destination. This ensures that they receive timely feedback and understand areas of improvement.

2. Improved Student Engagement

By getting real-time inputs into students’ learning and areas of improvement, teachers can ensure they provide iterative feedback.

Thus, students are more likely to stay focused and participate actively in class while their gaps or doubts get resolved in time.

3. Reduction In Achievement Gaps

Formative assessment can help identify achievement gaps among students early on. Teachers can then implement strategies to bridge these gaps, ensuring that all students have an opportunity to succeed.

Also Read: 10 Best Digital Assessment Tools That Are Useful for Both Students As Well As Teachers

4. Continuous Development

Since formative assessments use interactive quizzes and gamified learning mechanisms for teaching, they create a continuous learning and improvement culture.

Teachers, too, are encouraged to reflect on their teaching methods, seek professional development, and adapt to the evolving needs of their students.

5. Enhanced Teacher-Student Relationships

Regular interactions through formative assessment build stronger teacher-student relationships. Students feel supported and valued, which can positively impact their overall educational experience.

Top 10 Formative Assessment Tools

Here is a look at some of the top formative assessment tools that can be a great addition to your curriculum:

1. Hurix Digital

Hurix Digital offers a versatile platform for formative assessments, allowing educators to create and deliver interactive assessments, quizzes, and surveys to gauge student understanding and adapt instruction accordingly.

These assessments can easily sync with its end-to-end teaching platform, making it ideal for educational institutions and workplace learning.

  • Why it’s on the list: Hurix Digital stands out for its versatility in creating interactive assessments, quizzes, and surveys. It provides real-time data analytics for teachers and offers a one-stop solution for learning needs.
  • Key Features: Easy customization, real-time reporting, multimedia-rich content, end-to-end assessment, and learning content management.

Kahoot! is a popular gamified learning platform that makes formative assessment engaging.

Teachers can use it to create fun quizzes, surveys, and challenges to assess student knowledge while promoting active participation.

  • Why it’s on the list: Kahoot! adds an element of fun to formative assessment with gamified quizzes and challenges, making learning engaging.
  • Key Features: Gamified quizzes, pre-made content library, engagement-focused.

3. Socrative

Socra t ive is a simple yet interactive classroom response system that enables real-time formative assessment through quizzes, polls, and exit tickets.

It provides instant feedback for teachers and students and is widely used in K-12 and higher educational institutions.

  • Why it’s on the list: Ideal option for secure and anonymous formative assessment options, ensuring students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts.
  • Key Features: Anonymous feedback, secure polling, and discussion boards.

4. Google Classroom Question Tool

Part of the Google Classroom framework, Ask a Question , is a feature that allows teachers to get quick feedback from all students.

Educators can pose questions to students, view their responses, and provide feedback within the Google Classroom environment, streamlining the assessment process.

  • Why it’s on the list: It seamlessly incorporates formative assessment into Google Classroom, the popular education platform.
  • Key Features: Easy integration, real-time responses, and all Google Classroom features.

Quizizz offers a gamified approach to formative assessment with a vast library of user-generated quizzes. It engages students with competitive elements while providing valuable insights into their progress.

  • Why it’s on the list: Quizizz combines formative assessment with a competitive twist, fostering engagement and motivation among students.
  • Key Features: Gamified quizzes, detailed feedback, student-paced mode.

6. Mentimeter

Mentimeter is a versatile presentation and polling tool that facilitates interactive formative assessment.

Educators can create polls, quizzes, and surveys to gauge student comprehension during lessons or presentations.

  • Why it’s on the list: It provides a unique blend of formative assessment and presentation capabilities, enhancing interactive learning.
  • Key Features: Interactive presentations, real-time polls, and data tracking.

7. TestGorilla

A popular pre-employment assessment tool, TestGorilla has a range of customizable assessments that teachers can use to create their quizzes.

This includes projects and scenario-based questions to test students’ learning in a real-world environment.

  • Why it’s on the list: TestGorilla focuses on pre-employment assessments and skills testing, making it valuable for evaluating candidates’ suitability for various roles.
  • Key Features: Pre-employment assessments, customizable tests, ready-to-use templates, and candidate evaluations.

8. ASSISTments

ASSISTments is an educational platform focusing on maths assessment and providing real-time student feedback through actionable learning data.

It allows students to respond to questions or prompts via short video clips, fostering engagement and communication.

  • Why it’s on the list: ASSISTments empower educators to create, assign, and grade formative assessments, offering detailed reports for tailored instruction.
  • Key Features: Assignment creation, detailed reports, student progress tracking.

Flip is a free app by Microsoft that allows students to respond to questions or prompts via short video clips, fostering engagement and communication.

This is ideal for in-classroom assessment, where teachers can assess students on particular lessons and provide interactive projects in groups or stand-alone.

  • Why it’s on the list: Flip utilizes video discussions for formative assessment, promoting engagement and communication among students.
  • Key Features: Video responses, discussion boards, engagement-focused.

10. Formative

As the name suggests, Formative is a tool designed to create formative assessments. Educators can create assignments, quizzes, and polls, and students can complete them online, enabling real-time feedback and data analysis.

  • Why it’s on the list: The best part is that the tool can easily blend in with your other educational platforms, making it a trusted add-on for most educational institutions.
  • Key Features: Customizable assessments, real-time feedback, and analytics.

Also Read: Exploring the Potential of Digital Assessment Tools in Education

Formative assessment is an invaluable asset in the world of education and is already helping to make learning more interactive and engaging. With digital formative assessment tools readily available for classrooms, teachers can now adapt their teaching methodologies to incorporate more real-time and gamified feedback.

This adaptability, combined with a focus on individualized support and a deeper understanding of the subject matter, enables students to thrive and learn effectively.

So, embrace the power of these tools, explore their features, and transform your classroom into a hub of dynamic, personalized learning experiences for all students with Hurix Digital . We offer a complete e-learning solution for classrooms, making us a one-stop solution for all formative and summative assessments. Get in touch with us now.

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Monitoring learning as it happens

Unlike a summative assessment, which measures student learning that has already taken place, a formative assessment helps teachers monitor student comprehension, needs, and progress over the course of instruction. These kinds of evaluations are enormously beneficial tools for clarifying problem subject areas, adjusting lesson approaches, and re-teaching troublesome material. They can also be helpful in identifying student learning differences. The challenges lie in timely paper grading and useful data extraction. For teachers using frequent quizzes to monitor progress as they go, it is not uncommon to seek out some sort of teacher app or test grader to meet the demands of high volume scoring and fast feedback turnaround.

A variety of assessment approaches

In formative classrooms, teachers use different types of instruction and evaluation to ensure students are keeping up with the material being presented. Sometimes students will work independently or with a partner, while other times they may work collectively or in small groups. They might be asked to summarize meaning, organize information, represent ideas visually, or even share their understanding with others. Daily assessment check-ins can also be quick and easy tools for teachers to measure progress and identify challenges. Scores, while necessary to track data, are more of a guide than a goal in responsive learning environments, and are not intended to be used or counted in the same way a summative assessment would be. This is where a versatile grader app can be invaluable.

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GradeCam can be the best tool in any educator’s formative assessment toolbox. An array of diverse and customizable answer types, including rubrics, make it easy for teachers to tailor daily quizzes or student self-evaluations. Not only does the ability to instantly scan, score, and record grades save significant amounts of time, but GradeCam also automatically generates highly flexible data that can be used to make crucial curriculum adjustments in real-time. Teachers can view and compare current and longitudinal results by question, student, class, school, standard, and more. Multiple answer sheets can even be printed on a single page, cut out, and laminated for repeated uses.

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    Make sure the tools you use fit your purpose. If you need to see students' process, select a tool that can capture that, such as Animoto or Flipgrid. If you need to check their content knowledge, try Kahoot or Quizlet. Collect data over time: Formative assessment is a process, and it's important to collect evidence of learning over time.

  10. 20 Digital Assessment Tools for Teachers (Formative & Summative)

    20 Useful Digital Assessment Tools for Teachers (Formative, Summative, and More) Knowledge checks, quizzes and tests, peer evals, and more! Proper assessment is essential to learning. Teachers plan their lessons and activities around learning objectives, and they need ways to check that students have accomplished those goals. Assessment is more ...

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    4. Square, Triangle, Circle. Giving students choice with formative assessments is really important, says Anderson, as not all students show their thinking the same way. Anderson recommends Square, Triangle, Circle, an activity wherein students choose a shape and its associated question prompt.

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    Don't reinvent the wheel for your formative assessments. TeacherMade simplifies your planning process of creating online formative assessments from scratch or converting existing materials you already use in your classroom. It's simple: Step 1: Upload your file into TeacherMade.Your online assignment maintains the look of your traditional assignment because the file becomes the assignment ...

  13. 20 Tools to Help Teachers Create an Online Assessment

    Edulastic is an amazing online assessment platform that gives teachers the opportunity to assess, instruct, and measure the progress of their students' performance. The goal of the tool is to help teachers prepare students for standardized testing. Diagnostic and formative assessments for identifying learning gaps;

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    Digital Tools and Online Quizzes: Taking advantage of technology, trainers can implement digital tools and platforms that facilitate formative assessment. Online quizzes, interactive activities, and learning management systems allow for immediate feedback and data analysis to inform instructional decisions.

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    1.5K. Formative assessments play a vital role in understanding student progress and adapting teaching strategies for better learning outcomes. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), educators now have access to a wide array of tools that can transform the way they create and use formative assessments in the classroom.

  16. Formative

    Formative is a real-time, interactive assessment tool. A formative assessment is a formal or informal opportunity to do two things: identify which students are struggling AND intervene. "If an educator does not make an intervention, then they have not done anything formative. However, if a teacher is looking at every moment of the day as an opportunity to make an intervention, then they are ...

  17. 7 Smart, Fast Formative Assessment Strategies

    3. Dipsticks: So-called alternative formative assessments are meant to be as easy and quick as checking the oil in your car, so they're sometimes referred to as dipsticks. These can be things like asking students to: write a letter explaining a key idea to a friend, draw a sketch to visually represent new knowledge, or.

  18. 11 Online Tools for Student Assessment

    Formative is a tool for you to create online formative assessments. You can choose to edit pre-made Formatives from their library or create your own with their question types or by uploading a file. As students submit their answers, you can follow along and see live results and data for each student and each question.

  19. Tools for Teachers and Other Formative Assessment Resources

    Other Online Formative Assessment Tools; Purpose Description; Smarter Balanced Content Explorer: This web application provides a user-friendly interface to explore the range of English language arts/literacy and mathematics knowledge and skills important for college and career readiness on the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

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    Here are 20 of the best formative assessment tools for you to try. 1. ProProfs Quiz Maker. ProProfs is a popular online quiz software widely used by businesses for creating online assessments to provide learning & training across the world. ProProfs' online assessment solutions have made it the first choice for instructors, teachers, and ...

  21. Formative Assessment Tools: 10 Types of Formative Assessment Tools for

    Regular interactions through formative assessment build stronger teacher-student relationships. Students feel supported and valued, which can positively impact their overall educational experience. Top 10 Formative Assessment Tools. Here is a look at some of the top formative assessment tools that can be a great addition to your curriculum: 1.

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    Monitoring learning as it happens. Unlike a summative assessment, which measures student learning that has already taken place, a formative assessment helps teachers monitor student comprehension, needs, and progress over the course of instruction. These kinds of evaluations are enormously beneficial tools for clarifying problem subject areas, adjusting lesson approaches, and re-teaching ...