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Best Formative Assessment Tools

Best Formative Assessment Tools

No matter your content area, teachers must use assessment tools to track student growth and progress. There are tons of tech tools you can use collect assessment data.

Through formative assessment, teachers check student understanding, get valuable data on student learning, and then use that data to modify instruction. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can adjust to meet students right at their level. The best formative assessment tools also help students self-reflect and assess, figuring out where they are and where they need to go as learners. Browse the below Formative Assessment Tools that can be used in the classroom. There are formative assessment apps for everything from discussion to quizzing, polling, and student responses to interactive lessons and videos.

This list has a wide variety of features and options to help you solidify your formative assessment strategies. Many of the tools below are great for both formative and summative assessments.

Edulastic is a powerful standards-based assessment tool that tracks student progress. An efficient platform for helping teachers assess and track student progress on meeting standards and building understanding along the way. 

Edulastic is a user-friendly online assessment system that provides instant data for teachers, administrators and students, so you can adjust instruction and measure growth and achievement. Unlike most other tools, Edulastic is designed to serve as a common benchmark system and teacher formative assessment tool in one, allowing teachers and administrators to create assessments with more than 30 technology-enhanced question types that mirror end of year state tests. 

Price: Free for teachers, district-sharing requires a paid license

Devices: Web


Nearpod

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Nearpod is an interactive slideshow tool that engages students and promotes collaboration. This effective tool leverages the capabilities of 1-to-1 environments and offers both teacher- and student-paced learning.

Price: Free, Paid

Devices: iOS and Android



EDpuzzle

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Edpuzzle allows you to turn videos into a quick assessment. Choose a video on YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, or upload your own. Edpuzzle is a flipped classroom or student creation tool with lots of opportunities for use, but teachers will need to be creative if they want students to engage. You can crop, customize, and remix online video content with this interactive tool.

Price: Freemium, basic account is free, additional features available with paid accounts

Devices: Web



Flipgrid

( iPhone, iPad )

Flipgrid is a simple way for students and teachers to create online discussion, as long as your classroom culture is mature enough to use it wisely. Flipgrid is a video discussion platform, that allows students to respond to questions, topics, and reflect using video. Students can also respond to each other, leave comments, and more. 

Price: Free to try, Paid

Devices: Web


Spiral

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Spiral is an engaging, easy-to-use tool that supports both formative and summative assessment while allowing for student collaboration. It provides instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool. This tool deliver quickfire formative assessments, discussion, teams of students can work together to create presentations, and turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. 

Price: Freemium, some features are free

Devices: Web


Kahoot!

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Kahoot is a game-like student-response tool that can spark competitive fun. Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively.

Price: Free, Paid

Devices: Android, iOS and Web


Socrative Teacher

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Socrative is a web-based formative assessment tool that allows teachers to create quizzes, ask questions, collect exit tickets and feedback. Using Socrative, formative and summative assessment merge in snapshot polls and quizzes. This tool is a powerful and easy-to-use student-response system has the potential to support responsive teaching.

Price: Freemium with up to 50 students

Devices: Android, iOS and Web


Google Classroom

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Inside Google Classroom, you have the option to create a questions and share that with students. You can make this collaborative, or just have the answers viewable for you the teacher. This is not a robust threaded discussion tool like I wish it was, but it can be handy for formative assessments and to check for understanding.

Price: Free, Paid

Devices: Android, iOS and Web


Padlet

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Padlet is a super easy to way to create an online bulletin board that allows teachers and students to share and collaborate. What’s great about Padlet is that it offers so much flexibility! It works on any device, and you can share just about any type of information–text, links, upload files, photos, videos, just about any kind of response. There are also many different ways you can design your pages. Customize the background, organize information in new ways. 

Price: Free, Paid

Devices: Android, iOS and Web


Plickers

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

This assessment tool allows teachers to collect on-the-spot formative assessment data without the need to have students use devices or paper and pencil. Teachers create and print specially coded cards that students hold up in class as their response. The teacher uses the Plickers app to scan the cards and collect the data. 

Price: Free

Devices: Android, iOS


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