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"An assessment functions formatively to the extent that evidence about student achievement is elicited, interpreted, and used by teachers, learners, or their peers to make decisions about the next steps in instruction that are likely better, or better founded, thant the decisions they would have made in the absence of that evidence" -Dylan WilliamFormative assessment is changing how teachers effectively evaluate their instruction and make decisions that better feed student learning forward. Technology certainly has helped teachers easily and effectively gather formative assessment data, and one tool in particular that is at the forefront of the formative assessment movement is Socrative.
“Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.” - http://www.socrative.com/
Learn more about this tool by watching the video below:
One thing that I have somewhat despised about “clickers” is the inability to solicit more deeper meaningful responses from students, instead you were left with just the quick true and false or multiple choice data. Don't get me wrong, I’m not saying that multiple choice and T/F data is not useful formative data, because it can be, but Socrative gives teachers more control over the types of questions they design thus gathering more specific data to move learners forward.
There are so many great things about this FREE tool that I can hardly do written justice to all of them, so watch the video, check out their site, try the demo, and then give it a whirl. You won't regret it.
Socrative A Student Response System For Everyone
No Hands In The Air
Embedded Formtive Assessment by Dylan Wiliam