6 Formative Assessment Tools for Quick Insights

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This post is part of a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. In each chapter (aside from the first and last chapters), I pose a question that a teacher might have and suggest a handful of educational technology tools that have the potential to be the right answer.

This question comes from Chapter 3 of the book. The infographic below features the 6 tools that I recommend for quick formative assessments. There are 10 other tools that I mention within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators.

Stay tuned for future infographics that cover formative assessment tools that can deliver richer data (Chapter 4), be used within instruction (Chapter 11), or within videos (Chapter 12).

Need a bit more information to decide which tool is best for you? I elaborate on each of them in the book!

How can I quickly formatively assess my students’ comprehension?

This infographic is for the #EduDuctTape question "How can I quickly formatively assess my students’ comprehension?" The image shows a boy using a tablet, some books, the logos for the 6 tools, and a tablet screen with the following text on it: "Quizizz - Easy setup for live games, asynchronous assignments, and practice. Quizlet - Turn your digital flashcards into fun collaborative Quizlet Live games. Kahoot - Combine fun live games with multiple asynchronous option. Gimkit - Exciting games for students, great data for teachers. Quizalize - Differentiation, remediation, and a bunch of question types. Blooket - Super fun live and asynchronous games that your students will love."
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In the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I revisit the topic of formative assessment across a few different chapters, but in this one, I focus on some easy-to-implement tools that provide access to lots of data that we can use to determine our next pedagogical steps.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Quizizz, Quizlet, Kahoot, Gimkit, Quizalize, and Blooket. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

 

 

6 Tools for Bite-Sized Tech Instructions

This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book#EduDuctTape Question

This post is part of a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. In each chapter (aside from the first and last chapters), I pose a question that a teacher might have and suggest a handful of educational technology tools that have the potential to be the right answer.

This question comes from Chapter 2 of the book. The infographic below features 6 of the 8 tools that I discuss in the book. Need a bit more information to decide which tool is best for you? I elaborate on each of the 8 tools in the book!

How can I create “bite-sized” instructions for how to do something with technology?

How can I create “bite-sized” instructions for how to do something with technology? Camtasia - Sophisticated screencast video-editor makes great #EduGIFs. WeVideo - Create awesome #EduGIFs on Chromebooks and more with the paid version. Screencastify - Create #EduGIFs in Chrome, even in the free version. Screencast-O-Matic - Export #EduGIFs in the paid version. Snagit - Create annotated screenshots or #EduGIFs in this Mac/PC Software. iorad - Automate the creation of tutorials that can be viewed as silent videos, pdfs, or interactive tutorials.
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The obvious answer here is what I post a lot of on this page–#EduGIFs–but there are multiple options for making them and t

here are alternatives to #EduGIFs as well!

You might be a tech coach, tech teacher, or that teacher who voluntarily shares tech tips with everyone. If so, this infographic is for you. Or maybe, you introduce so many new technological tools or processes in your class that you need to provide instructions on using them. If so, this infographic may also be for you.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Camtasia, WeVideo, Screencastify, Screencast-O-Matic, Snagit, and iorad. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

#EduDuctTape – Sam Kary – Engaging Learning with TPACK, SAMR, & EdTech

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Sam Kary of The New EdTech Classroom YouTube Channel and blog. We’ll talk about ways to develop engaging instruction, the TPACK and SAMR technology integration models, Actively Learn, Whiteboard.chat, Whiteboard.fi, and more!

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#EduDuctTape – Kasey Bell – Dynamic Blended Learning with Shake Up Learning

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Kasey Bell, host of the Shake Up Learning Podcast, and author of 3 books including the new Blended Learning with Google, joins me to talk about making blended learning meaningful and dynamic. We hear about her 5 “beyonds” of blended learning and her tips for using choice boards in the classroom.

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#EduDuctTape – Dr. Desiree Alexander – Formative Assessment in Videos

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Dr. Desiree Alexander of EducatorAlexander.com joins the show to talk about formative assessment with videos in the classroom. Desiree and I discuss Edpuzzle, PlayPosit, Razor Arts, Nearpod, and more! Plus, I’ve got a BIG announcement to share!

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Assessment + Feedback in EdPuzzle

When I started using Edpuzzle years ago it was, I’ll shamefully admit, to make sure my students were complying with my directions to watch a video. But I soon discovered that the questions that you can embed in those videos are really good for formative assessment and providing feedback (or feedforward as I often call it).

There are 4 different ways that you can assess your students and/or give them feedback in Edpuzzle:

  1. Multiple-choice questions are auto-graded.
  2. You can mark questions correct (✔️) or incorrect (✖️).
  3. You can assign a percentage score to a response (i.e., 50% for half-correct).
  4. You can provide typed feedback.

My secret weapon, though, is this little efficiency hack. As you’ll see in the EduGIF below, marking questions as correct using the ✔️ can be kind of time-consuming. Instead, I skip over any correct answers and, once I’ve looked at them all, I click the “Mark Ungraded as Correct” button. And voila, Edpuzzle takes it from there!

It does take a handful of seconds, or even a few minutes, to go magically mark them as correct, but I can use that time to get a sip of coffee or eat a few peanut butter M&Ms.

Check out this process in the EduGIF below:

This animated GIF shows a screencast of the assessment and feedback options in Edpuzzle.

#EduDuctTape – Dr. Monica Burns – Leveraging Choice & Agency to Hear from All Students

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EdTech and Curriculum Consultant and Easy EdTech Podcast host Dr. Monica Burns joins me to identify ways that we can hear from ALL of our students. Her suggestion? Select tools that can give our learners choice and agency in how we hear from them! Tune in to hear what tools she suggests!

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#EduDuctTape – Eric Curts – Creative Projects with Docs, Slides, and Sheets

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Control Alt Achieve author Eric Curts joins me to talk about creative projects with Docs, Slides, and Sheets including Stop Motion Animation, Choose Your Own Adventure Activities, Emoji Learning Activities, Rebus Stories, Blackout Poetry, and Pixel Art! We also touch on Canva for Education, Adobe Spark for Education, Google Forms headers, flashcard makers like Quizlet and Flippity.net, and more!

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The EquatIO® Web Toolbar

This is a sponsored post. All opinions, however, are my own.

A while back, I shared about using EquatIO in Google Forms. I also mentioned how well it works in Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, and Drawings, as well as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Office 365 applications.

But what about elsewhere? What about Jamboard? Whiteboard.Chat? Whiteboard.fi? Gmail? You guessed it: the web toolbar didn’t work in those spots. But now it does!!!

Recently, Texthelp announced that the web toolbar works elsewhere in Google Chrome!

  • Need to add the Quadratic Formula in your Jamboard? You can!
  • Need to show the Pythagorean Theorem in Whiteboard.chat? You can!
  • Need to show a graph of a trigonometric function in Classkick? You can!
  • Need to send a chemical equation to your chemistry student in Gmail? You can!

In the EduGIF below, you’ll see how you can easily copy and paste your math as images (into sites like Jamboard, Slides, and whiteboard tools) as well as how you can easily share them as links in sites that aren’t meant as image-friendly (like Classroom)!

Check out a preview of how it works in the EduGIF below! And then, below the EduGIF, you can sign up for a free teacher EquatIO account!

This animated GIF shows the process of using the EquatIO Web Toolbar in Google Chrome to add mathematical equations and graphs to a number of platforms.

You can sign up for a free teacher account here!