Formative Assessment Tool

2 Jan
UPDATE 5/13: Understoodit is closing but here’s another similar option that let’s you take the pulse of your class during your instruction – PollEverywhere

photo-4If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students.  As you speak, students press one of two buttons on a website unique to your class: “Confused” or “Understood” You’ll receive real-time data on how well your class understands your presentation.

At first I was hesitant to try Understooit with my fifth graders, since it seemed so perfect for university professors and high school teachers, but it worked great with my group.  I don’t normally teach by lecture so I had students first try it out while watching a BrainPop video.  This way it was easy for me to know when to pause and initiate a discussion when they were confused.  I’m gathering formative data and can alter my instruction by the minute!

9 Responses to “Formative Assessment Tool”

  1. Andrew Spinner January 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM #

    Great post, Monica! Those fifth graders are in for an amazing 2013 in your classroom. Have a very happy new year!

  2. Cynthia January 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

    It seems to drive instruction and inform the teacher. Thank you for telling us about a fabulous resource.

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