Next-Generation Math Formative Assessment Technology

18 Digital Tools for Assessment in the Classroom

1. Formative Feedback for Learning
What it is: An iPad app that is designed to foster and encourage communication between students and teachers through a conference setting that uses icons to prompt discussions.

Why we like it: Based on the philosophy of assessment pioneers Robert Mazano and Dylan William, Formative Feedback is transforming the way feedback is given in schools today. Utilizing the iPad 2 camera, this app allows students to make videos, and then teachers and other students use built-in icons to provide positive and constructive feedback.

2. ForAllRubrics 
What it is: ForAllRubrics is a free-to-use mobile app that allows teachers to assess students more easily than ever, right from their iOS devise

Why we like it: This flexible software allows teachers to import, create, and score rubrics on an iPad, tablet, or smartphone. Teachers can collect data offline with no Internet access, compute scores automatically, and print or save the rubrics as a PDF or spreadsheet.

3. Kahoot
What it is: This quick and easy app allows teachers to create quizzes, surveys, and other assessments in minutes. Teachers can add videos, diagrams, or anything needed to engage students.

Why we like it: Kahoot is best used in group settings, where students can use their smart devices to vote on answers, and results can be viewed in real time. Students and teachers alike can also share their Kahoot with people across the globe, making this a great way aggregate information and build a virtual learning community.

4. Obsurvey
What it is: Teachers can create online assessments using this quick and easy tool. Assessments can be entirely original content or based off the templates included in Obsurvey.

Why we like it: There are tons of customization options for quizzes and surveys, such as multiple choice, checkbox, and short- or long-answer questions. You can include as many or as few questions as you like and get data on your students’ performance in real time.

5. Tumblr
What it is: With Tumblr teachers can create their own blogs that show pictures and videos of quality classroom behavior. Just snap a picture with your smartphone and post it straight to your class blog from your device. You can even allow students to submit original content.

Why we like it: Tumblr is a great way to create an online learning community that encourages exemplary behavior. You can use Tumblr to allow students to post original content, share helpful learning tips, or just stay in touch with their peers.

6. Today’s Meet
What it is: Students are able to state ideas and share questions as a lesson is being taught through these online meet-ups that let teachers run a virtual classroom ranging from one-on-one tutoring support to lessons and lectures from across the country.

Why we like it: The teacher can quickly address questions and point out interesting ways of looking at a topic, and students are able to build on the thoughts of their classmates.

7 and 8. Lino and Padlet are two examples of digital corkboards.
What it is: Students work collaboratively, posting their thoughts, ideas and questions on a topic.

Why we like it: A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words. With these digital collaboration tools, students can post thoughts or visuals to discuss and expand upon difficult content.

9. Socrative
What it is: This cloud-based student response system allows students to log into a virtual classroom that you design with pre-posted questions for them to answer.

Why we like it: Teachers can create quick assessments for students to take at home on their laptops, or in class on their smart phones or tablets. This is a great way to encourage students to collaborate with their peers in order to master troublesome material.

10. BubbleSheet
What it is: Students use their iPhone or iPad to complete assignments and quizzes. The first 10 questions are free.

Why we like it: Teachers can easily create and upload assessments in any format and get real-time data on how their students are achieving so that they can alter their lesson plan to accommodate student needs.

11. PollDaddy
What it is: A quick and easy way to create online polls, quizzes and questions. Students can use smartphones, tablets, and computers to provide answers, and information can be culled for reports.

Why we like it: With 19 question types, 15 preset digital themes, and loads of other customizable content, teachers can create quizzes, polls, and assignments that match their students’ learning goals.

12. Evernote
What it is: This cloud-based note-taking system allows you to store images, audio, or text that you can access from anywhere.

Why we like it: Evernote makes it easy to keep track of your students’ activities. Have a question, comment, or concern that you’d like to address later? Jot it down in Evernote.

13. Inkflow
What it is: Teachers can use this app to take notes on what’s going on around the classroom and store them on their smart device.

Why we like it: You can scale and move items, change fonts, alter layouts, and anything in between with this note-taking tool. Inkflow is perfect for taking and organizing whatever notes you need to keep your classroom running at full capacity.

14. ClassDojo
What it is: This behavior-tracking tool allows teachers to give positive feedback to their students, which encourages good classroom behavior.

Why we like it: Teachers can create customized rewards and give them to students on the class Dojo, encouraging specific behaviors. Parents can also get involved by logging into the ClassDojo and seeing feedback on their child in real time.

15. ShowMe
What it is: ShowMe allows teachers to create their very own tutorials by recording their voices over whiteboard visuals that they can draw themselves.

Why we like it: Allows teachers to create visuals ahead of time to explain complex topics to students. You can also use ShowMe to provide commentary on graded work, or as a real-time interactive whiteboard replacement.

16. Vocabulary/Spelling City
What it is: A series of engaging vocabulary and spelling games that will keep your students busy learning for hours.

Why we like it: Teachers can customize the games with any list of words, making this a great tool for anything from English class to SAT prep. It also provides preset vocabulary lists, and tons of activities.

17. Toontastic
What it is: This innovative story-telling app allows students to animate and share their original cartoons with peers.

Why we like it: There are hundreds of different characters, backgrounds, and sound effects for your students to choose from. This app is sure to get their creative juices flowing while providing the perfect opportunity to teach students about the essential elements of a compelling story.

18. TeacherKit
What it is: Organize lesson plans and manage students with this handy K–12 app. If you’re teaching multiple classes and need to copy lessons, figure out which students are in what courses, or any other basic upkeep, this app is for you.

Why we like it: This app has dozens of useful educational tools. You can add behavior notes, take attendance, add grades, and do tons of other tasks, all through TeacherKit. You can also create and share reports with parents through this app.

Read my latest white paper for more on formative assessment. From Formative Assessment to Informative Assessment in the Math Classroom.