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20 Transformational Formative Assessment Tools

Check out these tech tools to gauge student understanding and foster collaboration.

March 17, 2015
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant

CATEGORIES Assessment, Tools
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Formative assessment may not be new, but since technology came into the picture, it feels significantly renewed. With the increase in BYOD and 1-to-1 programs, the edtech market is abuzz with student response tools, online collaboration platforms, and other resources that gauge student understanding and foster collaboration. There are many to choose from -- but which is the best for your classroom?

This week, we’re highlighting 20 tools that can help answer this question. If your classroom could benefit from more online communication, check out Collaborize Classroom or Today’s Meet. These social media-like platforms are great for extending classroom discussions and providing more thinking time for different learning styles. Want to empower your students to take more ownership over their learning? Try ExitTicket or Nearpod. They allow students to instantly see how they're performing against the rest of their class, prompting them to ask questions in the moment, and allowing teachers to react to trends in real time. All of these tools leverage technology to make learning and teaching more impactful -- successfully bringing formative assessment into the 21st century.

To see the most updated version of this list as well as the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top Picks List: 

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Adam Blum
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Great to see coverage of formative assessment tools.  OpenEd.io is the only site with free formative assessment items covering every CCSS standard. And most excitingly it recommends specific videos that address learning gaps identified by the asssessments. Keep p the good work.