Another Excellent Formative Assessment Tool for Teachers

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Spiral is a great formative assessment tool to use in your instruction. The tool, brought to my attention  by a tween from Megan Mongelli, is a simple and easy to use and does not require any install or download. As a teacher, you can log in, create various types of learning activities and invite students to join using a generated code or through email invitation. You can either review students answers and share feedback  in realtime or grade them offline at your own pace. Spiral is also integrated with Google Classroom allowing you to easily transmit your class rosters into spiral. 


Spiral offers  five types of activities each of which can be watched live with the whole class or can be shared as an assignment for students to work on at their 'desired time'.

1- Quickfire Lite
"Ask a verbal question and instead of one hand going up the whole class can respond from any device. Fast, Simple and effective in getting high quality formative assessment in seconds."

2- Quickfire
"Plan a prepared quiz as a teacher-led or as a student-led independant activity. Choose a range of question formats from open, closed, MCQ, polls annotations, drawings and audio response. Assess in real-time or asynchronously."

3- Discuss
"Import any slide deck, powerpoint or pdf and present live in class or on-line. Set discussion points for the class to discuss and let them share comments, thoughts and ideas with each other."

4- Team Up
"Student teams can create and share collaborative presentations from linked devices in class and from home. Student teams can ‘take over’ the whiteboard from their devices to present to the rest of the class for peer review."

4- Clip
"Turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. Watch with the class as they answer each question, or post, review and grade as an assignment for the students to complete in their own time."

Watch the video below to learn more about Spiral


You can also check out this great post from We Are Teachers featuring a list of some of the best formative assessment tools for teachers.