Digital Tools for Formative Assessments


Measuring for Learning, Goal 4, of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Ed Tech Plan (NETP), states that “At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning”.  The shift from traditional paper and pencil to next generation digital assessments enables more flexibility, responsiveness, and contextualization.

Below is a list of easy to use and engaging assessment tools to support your instruction and to personalize learning for students.

You will also want to check out the CDE Classroom Formative Assessment Modules from The Colorado Department of Education. These FREE  online Professional Learning Modules are designed for educators to participate individually or as a team. The Modules will assist teachers to reflect on their current practice, make decisions about which aspects of formative assessment they would like to strengthen and engage with colleagues in professional growth

Assessment Tools:

  • AnswerGarden a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming, and classroom feedback.
  • Classflow: Classflow allows you to build lessons, quizzes, polls for students and even includes a parent communication feature.
  • Classkick: Provides ability to provide real-time feed back using your own content. Add drawings, text, images, audio, links, and videos to provide instruction or create assessments. Students are able to give anonymous feedback to each other.
  • Formative: Create new assignments or simply upload & transform a pre-existing pdf or doc, then tag with any standards & assign to anyone.   Get results and respond in real time.
  • Google Forms have evolved to create interactive quizzes and surveys with images, photos, videos, and hyperlinks.
  • Kahoot: You can make a series of multiple choice questions or try their new game – Jumble. The format and number of questions are entirely up to you. Add videos, images, and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement. Best played in a group setting! Use with adults for Professional Learning workshops!
  • Nearpod: Create or download your own interactive media presentations, share with your students for their response, monitor and measure student results on an individual and aggregate basis.
  • Padlet: This free online tool can be used for so many learning activities. Create collaborative Padlets for all students to post their responses or have each student create a padlet to demonstrate their learning. Make sure you check out the different ways you can engage using Wall, Canvas, Stream, Grid, or Shelf
  • Plickers: Plickers is a powerful, yet simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. You can print the Plicker cards yourself or you can order laminated cards online.
  • Poll Everywhere: Poll Everywhere is a student-response tool — available on just about any platform from the web to iOS and Android to all the major presentation providers — that offers assessment and whole-class participation through teacher-designed surveys, polls, and discussion boards.
  • Quizizz: makes it super-easy to create great quizzes in no time. Use the detailed class and student-level reports to understand where your students are.
  • Quizlet: Either you or your students can develop their own digital flash cards, games, and quizzes.
  • Quizalize: Pick a quiz or create your own. Students receive instant feedback and so does the teacher!
  • Recap: A free app that lets teachers prompt the students to explain their thinking on a question or topic using video.
  • Seesaw: Students show their work with photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Great resource for portfolios!
  • Socrative.com: Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.
  • Triventy: Write your own questions, or customize any quiz from their extensive library. You’ll be able to mark your quiz as a collaborative quiz and invite students to add questions to it.

ENJOY the beginning of a new school year!

Christine Schein

Christine Schein

Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist at Colorado Department of Education
Christine Schein is a Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education. She has a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Information Technology and School Library Media. Although her undergraduate degree is in Sociology/Criminal Justice and her work experience spans various business fields, her real passion is students and their future as responsible citizens in the world. She has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, AASL, CoSN, CASE, and InnEdCo. Christine teaches technology integration for Pikes Peak BOCES and has CoSN’s CETL certification.
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