May 12, 2014
Four Powerful Formative Assessment Tools for the Chromebook Classroom – From Holly Clark on Edudemic
This post first appeared on Edudemic.As more and more Chromebooks hit the classroom, redefining instruction and instructional practices is getting easier and easier - you just have to know where to start. One step in the process is to rethink the way you gather crucial information about each student and their journey towards mastery of a concept. There can be real power in the formative assessment process. To understand the richness of these new tools, you first need to understand formative assessment. This process is meant to measure where students are in the learning process by applying a diagnostic tool, usually in the form of questions. This can be done through both formal and informal assessments. The information obtained could then be used to modify teaching and learning activities with the goal of helping improve student comprehension. Here are four assessment tools that are perfect for the Chromebook classroom. They can help teachers monitor student progress and allow for quick and easy differentiation. More importantly, they provide a fun and engaging way to review important concepts.
SocrativeThis is always the biggest hit during the Chromebook workshop sessions that I do with teachers. Socrative is an easy to use and engaging way to assess student learning.
- Socrative uses a “room” system, and students enter a teacher’s “room” to begin an assessment.
- Assessments can include traditional, open response or multiple choice quizzes, exit tickets, and even the fast paced Space Race group activity.
- My favorite test option is the single question activities that you push out to students on the fly. Use the short answer option to ask for immediate feedback on a learning goal. By using this tool, teachers can quickly gauge whether or not individual students, or the class, are ready to move on to the next concept.
- Socrative is web-based, requires no sign-up by the student, and can now use Google sign-in for teachers.
- Each room allows for 50 students per quiz. Once the quiz is complete, Socrative provides a spreadsheet of responses that can be emailed directly to a teacher, downloaded as a spreadsheet, or saved for later.
GedditHave you ever asked students for a show of hands to assess their understanding of a concept, and then realized the obvious flaw in such a process - that the student who does not want to be embarrassed will raise his hand despite not understanding anything. Teachers can say goodbye to the flaw and hello to the perfect alternative. Geddit, which is both a Chrome app and a web based platform, is a powerful way to get information from the students themselves.
- “Students give feedback about their understanding in private and in real time. This means teachers can identify needs as they occur.” Justin Mann, the app’s developer, told me during a recent meeting.
- Ask quiz questions to compare evidence of understanding with student self assessments.
- Real time information allows teachers to quickly match a strong student with a struggling peer.
- Upon reviewing the data, message students through the app with links to further content.
- Everything is tracked over time to help teachers visualize student progress in the learning process.
Kahoot!Another favorite formative assessment tool is Kahoot!, which allows teachers to ask consecutive quiz-show type questions using a highly engaging and fun format.
- Students can use their Chromebooks to play this active and absorbing game.
- Kahoot! uses sounds and timers to make the game high energy and interesting to play!
- Kahoot! also allows teachers to share their quizzes, so you can search the library to find examples that might be perfect for your class.