How I Use It
I used this with my Spanish I students last year for some quick assessments and began using it more with my Spanish 3 students this year. I created a variety of questions using the chapter vocabulary and had them using all of the tools available for assessment. Some were multiple choice and true/false, some were to draw a picture based on a Spanish description I had written, or verb commands or vocabulary, and some I had them write open ended responses using the whiteboard features to conjugate verbs. It was great to give them instant feedback and see how fast the comments and grading reached them, to provide that reinforcement they need. They had a lot of fun in working with it and want to use it more in our classroom.
I made sure all students had iPads so we were all using the same device and everyone had access.
It worked very well and the information that you can get from it and the ability to interact so quickly are great.
It is great for assessing students in a variety of formats, for giving them different options for responses and also enabling them to receive faster/live feedback. It is really neat sharing some of their work on the Smartboard to see their answers live or drawings in progress. I liked how quickly they received my comments and how engaged they were, and asked for me to add more questions, and to use it more often, in place of other tests or assignments. it is a great supplement to the resources I have and definitely helps with cutting down the time needed for grading traditional paper assessments. I really liked moving about the room and seeing them so engaged and working with one another, reading the feedback, and having fun and learning. There are many possibilities with this tool and I recommend giving it a try, Some students were later using their phones, which made it a little bit of a different experience, but they all liked the use of Formative and what they could do with it. I enjoyed seeing their work live and the end products of their drawings and other creative designs.