Monday, September 19, 2016

Putting the Fun into Formative Assessment

Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” - Elizabeth Barkly

Learning should be exciting and fun. Nothing can take the fun out a classroom quicker than a scantron on a student's desk. All types of assessments have a place in a classroom, but relying on only a few traditional types of assessments makes the classroom a dull place for both the teacher and the students. 

Enter Game-based assessments and learning for the save. Students are more engaged when they are active learners in the process and the assessment. Game based assessments can build excitement for both students and teachers. There are many great formative assessment tools that can bring a competitive game show experience to your classroom.

One of my favorite formative assessment tools is Kahoot

Kahoot allows a teacher or student to create a learning game made from a series of multiple choice questions. Creators can add videos, images, and diagrams to the questions. Kahoots are easy to quickly set up. There are also "Public Kahoots" that can be copied and modified for your students. At last count, there were over 9.7 million Kahoots for almost every subject under the sun. 
Learn how to get started with Kahoot: Kahoot Professional Development & Teacher Resources


Kahoots can be played in class or outside of the classroom. There are more than 9 different ways to play. Students love competing with each other in a classroom setting. There are many built-in tools that encourage students to engage in the questions.
Learn more about the 9 Ways to Play Kahoot
When Kahoots are done in the classroom each question is followed by a view breaking down the responses. This is a great opportunity to clarify misconceptions and answer questions.. The results from a completed Kahoot can also be saved to Google Drive. 

Additional Game Based Learning Resources
  • Quizizz
    Quizizz allows you to create and play awesome multiplayer quiz games, both in class and at home.
  • Quizalize
    Quizalize lets you engage your class and deliver instant assessments for personalized learning on any computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Socrative
    Socrative has both traditional assessment tools and some game based resources.
  • Quizlet Live
    Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game. Students work together to correctly match a Quizlet set of terms and definitions.
  • Triventy
    Triventy is a collaborative game-based learning platform, which allows teachers & students to co-author and play quizzes in class.