Friday, October 24, 2014

Formative Assessment Fun!

This week the Innovation team had the pleasure of leading another tech session at Ordean East!  The focus of our meeting for October was formative assessment tools, or tools that give quick feedback to teachers to guide instruction.  Here is a summary of the tools we looked at and their functionality!

Tally

Tally is a tool that allows you to very quickly create a question or poll for your students to respond to.  It doesn't do much beyond that, it doesn't even save, but it is by far the easiest and fastest tools to use to quickly get feedback!

Tools needed:

Students could use any device with internet access

Plickers

Plickers was a favorite among our Ordean group for the same reason it is a favorite among many teachers-- no student devices necessary!  Each student has an assigned piece of paper with a puzzle code on it and a letter (a, b, c, and d).  The teacher sets up some questions, and then simply scans over their classroom using the app downloaded on their own phone, and bam!  Instantly the results start filling in on the screen for the whole class to see!  It's awesome!

Tools needed:

Students would need a plickers card 
Teachers need smartphone with free Plickers app


Google Forms

Google Forms is a very under used tool!  It is a survey you can create right in Goolge Drive that will automatically put all of the results into a google spreadsheet.  You can include youtube clips, images, and many different styles of questions.

Tools needed:

Students could use any device with internet access

Kahoot

Kahoot is an awesome gameshow style assessment tool for teachers.  It's SUPER fun for kids, and even shows which student has the high score after each question.   It's easy to set up and easy for students to respond.

Tools needed:

Students could use any device with internet access
(or play game in groups requiring less devices)

Geddit

Geddit is a very comprehensive assessment tool.  Instead of students viewing any kind of results up on a projected screen, all results you want them to see you share out to them via their own device.  This includes questions, images, anonymous responses from their peers, results of class polls, etc.  Geddit's most famous function is the "check in" feature, where throughout the lesson students can click how well they are understanding the material, and you are able to adjust your teaching as needed, or view individuals that are having particular trouble with the lesson.

Tools needed:

Students could use any device with internet access


If you would like to try to use any of these tools in your class, but would like some help getting it set up, trying it out, or just talking more about what it does, let us know by filling out our form!


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