Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers

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Formative assessment is assessment for learning which is different from summative assessment that is assessment of learning. This graphic we shared a couple of years ago sums up the main differences between these two types of assessments. The purpose of formative assessment is to gather teaching and learning feedback in order to inform your teaching methodology and help you decide on the upcoming instructional measures.  

Some of the examples of formative assessment include: assigning projects and performances, giving writing assignments, and asking questions. In today’s post, we are sharing with you a set of interesting web tools you can use to formatively assess your students. Check them out below and share with us your feedback. Enjoy

1- Quizalize

'Quizalize is a very good classroom quiz tool. This tool allows teachers to create fun classroom exams or homework. Teachers can see the results live and easily spot students' strengths and weaknesses. The process to create a quiz is simple and easy. After you log in to your account (registration is required,Quizalize is free for individual teachers), go to ‘Your Quizzes’ tab and click on ‘Create a new quiz’. 

Follow the instructions and type in your data. Once you are done click on ‘Save’ to save your quiz. To assign the quiz to your students click on ‘Set Quiz’ button and enter the name of your class. A unique code will be generated for you to share with students. The students can then go to and input the class code and their name to access the quiz.'

2- FlipQuiz

'FlipQuiz is a web tool that allows teachers to easily create gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom. All the boards you create can be saved for later use. You can also share your boards up on-screen and have students work on them collaboratively...To set up your new quiz board, you will need to register. 

Once logged in, click on “ Create a new board”. Then use the editor provided there together with the different tools it offers to design your game boards. You can always edit your boards by clicking on the “edit your entire board button”. When you are done creating your quiz boards, you can then see the presentation version of your board by hitting “Launch presentation view”.'

Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. 

Socrative will even aggregate and grade your pre-made activities! Saving you time, so you can engage more with your students on an individual level. Create a library of activities and share them with your colleagues and learning community.'

'TodaysMeet is a great web tool for creating backchannels with your students. It is very easy and simple to use. You can use it in your class to engage students in sideline discussions and chats around a given topic. The process to set up a backchannel via TodaysMeet is very easy: first, create a room and given it a name and a duration then share the URL of that room with your students and start the chat.'

'Plickers is a wonderful web tool that allows teachers to collect real-tine feedback from students without them having or using any device. All they will use are cards with numbers and alphabets on them. As a teacher you use Plickers to gather data to use in your formative assessments. 

You can use polls, multiple questions, quick checks for understanding, true/false questions and many more.As you collect data from students, you can also view it together with them in the form of a group snapshot in a graph.'

6- Kahoot

'Kahoot is another great student response system that teachers can use to create and deliver quizzes and surveys to students. Kahoot provides a learning environment that is ideal for engaging students for it incorporates the precepts of both game-based learning and inquiry-based learning. 

Kahoot allows teachers to create quizzes and surreys that include a wide variety of multimedia elements such as videos, pictures and text. Each quiz you create can be accessed by students across different devices . Also teachers have the possibility to create time-controlled quizzes. You can set a specific period of time for the answer of each question. In this way students are rewarded not only for the correct answer but also for their timeliness.'

‘Otus is the tool that allows educators to succeed in a data-driven culture by providing a single platform that displays standardized, formative, and summative assessment data, and makes that data actionable by all educators who use the learning and classroom management tools included within the system.’

‘GoSoapBox is a powerful, flexible, and intuitive student response system for educators to use in their classrooms. Leveraging web-enabled devices, teachers digitally engage students to conduct formative assessment and gain insight into student comprehension that was never before possible.’

10- AnswerGarden 

AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.

11- Quizziz

'Quizizz allows you to create interactive quiz games to use in your instruction for a number of educational purposes including formative assessment. Quiz games you create have up to 4 answer options including a correct answer. You can also add images to the background of your questions and customize the settings of your questions the way you want. When your quizzes are ready you can share them with your students using a generated 5 digit code.'

Formative is another excellent tool for doing formative assessment class. It allows you to easily create different types of assessments, classwork and homework. The way it works is simple: you create an assignment, assign it to students , receive live results and give your feedback. Formative works across different devices and is also optimized for BYOD, flipped and blended classroom.