1-to-1 Tech and Formative Assessments: A Closer Look

In the past, formative assessments may have induced yawns and eye-rolls among students. Now, thanks to devices and apps that support 1-to-1 technology in the classroom, formative assessments provide enjoyable learning experiences for students and accurate, individualized data for teachers.

Two formative assessment apps: Kahoot! and Socrative

Two such apps are Kahoot! and Socrative. Mr. Huck Stewart’s 7th grade math class, which participates in online formative assessments, uses both of these apps.

The Kahoot! website describes the app as “a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!” Mr. Stewart reports that Kahoot! builds motivation for his students, and that the interactivity captures a student’s attention with its slightly competitive nature.

The Socrative website says that “through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.” Mr. Stewart reports that Socrative provides more of a self-paced, quiet, on-your-own activity.

The most effective technology in the classroom serves the lesson content, personalizing and enriching student learning in previously impossible ways. Kahoot! and Socrative:

  • Allow each student to self-guide and self-pace through a unit
  • Demonstrably improve achievement

See formative assessment apps in action

This week’s content on Edivate features Huck Stewart’s 7th grade math students as they engage with Kahoot!. Mr. Stewart explains the advantages to using the app in a 1-to-1 technology environment. Included is a guidebook that summarizes the segment, offers reflection questions, and provides links to additional resources.

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