Tech Spotlight: Formative

UPDATE: I need to mention up front that Formative is a website, not an app. Sorry for any confusion.

Ok, let me start by saying I love Google Forms. They are quick and easy to make, and you get a ton of data from them, but I think I’ve found a new love in Formative. It combines the live response capabilities of Classkick, the quick quiz format of Kahoot, and the data collection and instant feedback of Google Forms. Check out what the creators of Formative have to say about their product first:

So for those of us who didn’t watch the video, here’s why I’m so excited about Formative:

Give instant written feedback and grades while students work

Give instant written feedback and grades while students work

Real-time feedback: Much like Classkick you can see students’ responses as they work and offer feedback in real-time. This allows us to instantly see what students need to improve on, correct them in the moment, and help them adjust then and there.

Show your work function in Formative

Show your work function in Formative

Multiple kinds of questions: Of course multiple choice is there, but you can also create short answer questions, show-your-work questions with the digital whiteboard, and even questions where students can submit media as an answer.

Instant data: Like Google Forms and Kahoot, Formative allows you to get data from student responses. This is what formative teaching is all about! We can use this data to inform our instruction, to group students by skill levels, and more easily differentiate based on student work.

Student voice: The ability to broadcast student responses as they happen is a powerful practice. Especially when many of us would like to increase student discussion in our classes. We can project anonymous answers from the class and generate discussion around ideas posited by students who may rarely speak. This can be very empowering for those quiet kids, and may act as a way to draw them into the discussion.

Upload & Transform Function: This is big for me. This allows you to import a PDF or Word doc and add questions over the top of them. Since many of us have so many electronic documents (or have the ability to scan paper files and turn them into PDFs), not having to reinvent the wheel is a big deal. Just upload your map, readings, articles, etc. and place questions directly on top of the file. No copy and pasting necessary.

Formative's online community is robust and helpful

Formative’s online community is robust and helpful

Tons of support: The Formative community is passionate, and they are more than willing to help. There is a growing library of over a thousand formatives to choose from by grade level, standards/skill and subject, and there are a ton of how-to resources on the site to help you get up and running.

If you’ll pardon the pun, this can be a transformative force in your classroom. So, checkout Formative, and let me know what you think!



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