Written by Brandon Berthrong of BSD Education.
Formative assessment is an essential part of the learning process, allowing teachers to assess students understanding of concepts and learning needs. Here are a few of our favorite tech tools that can help make assessments fun for students and easy for teachers:
Quizizz is simple to use, with easily customizable options and a smooth, intuitive interface. One of its unique features is the way it includes memes and player points/leaderboards in between questions. These options add a layer of fun to the experience and are implemented in such a way as to not distract from the material. Quizizz is simple and easy to use, perfect for creating fast, fun, engaging formative assessments. Students take quizzes individually, but teachers can monitor student progress in real time and download performance reports afterward.
Kahoot is less streamlined than Quizizz but offers a wider variety of content, including game types like Jumble, where students order items instead of selecting a multiple choice answer. Kahoot has “blind kahoots”, or quizzes designed to teach a concept rather than just test knowledge. Kahoot allows you to save performance data for each quiz just like Quizizz.
Kahoot’s main differentiating feature is that quizzes are taken as a whole class, with students engaging with one question at a time as a group. This wider variety of content and focus on group engagement make Kahoot perfect for stimulating class discussion and encouraging students to engage with each other to answer questions.
We like using Kahoot for larger reviews or when it’s other game modes are better suited to the subject matter, while using Quizizz to reinforce learning in small chunks that will allow students to move individually at their own pace.
The ability of both programs to easily save performance data can open up opportunities for things like keeping a class-wide term scoreboard, tracking individual improvement or highlighting areas that need work.
Edpuzzle is a platform that allows teachers to take videos and turn them into fully realized lessons. The biggest thing we love about EDpuzzle is how intuitive and easy to use it is; videos can be found, edited, and assigned within the application.
Teachers can search popular platforms like YouTube or browse collections of videos by subject and grade level. Teachers can cut the video, add voice-overs or insert in-video quiz questions.
These lessons can be used to break up lectures, review, or teach difficult concepts in the classroom, allowing teachers to take full advantage of the visual power of videos in their lessons. The in-video questions can be added throughout the lesson and therefore are ideal for formative assessments, allowing teachers to test for material comprehension as students learn or review.