Make Data Matter With Formative Assessment & TechnologyTuesday, February 14, 20174:01 PM
Technology, learning, and data. These are three of my favorite things. And when they can come together to provide meaningful information about learning, it can transform teaching and learning.
In Data Driven Duds: The Problem with Formative Assessment, I wrote, “As great as a formative assessment tool or strategy may be, it’s a dud if the data is not used to drive future instruction and learning. Too often, we are so distracted by the shine of new edtech and engagement that we don’t take advantage of the powerful data they can help communicate.”
There are so many tools and strategies for all kinds of assessments, so it’s important to make informed choices. My favorite tools tend to have the following:
- An easy sign in process (Google single sign in is a plus!);
- A web-based platform that works on all devices;
- Easy creation and management for teachers;
- Effective learning or assessment for students across content areas;
- An engaging, interesting, and creative experience;
- And best of all: data, data, data
In English 10, Ss are evaluating their writing w an automated Google Form that gives formative feedback #Schoentell pic.twitter.com/tmUYGJQXCc— Adam Schoenbart (@MrSchoenbart) October 7, 2015
But this isn’t the post where I explore a deep dive into these tools--I may plan for that later on, but a quick Google search will find so many. Instead, I want to share some tips and strategies for making the most of formative assessment technology and the data it provides. For the record, three of my favorites are Kahoot!, Pear Deck, and Google Forms. I’ve rarely seen students have more fun than with Kahoot! Pear Deck does a wonderful job with a range of formative assessment strategies and question types. And Google Forms is a wonderfully powerful and versatile tool.
What do they all have in common? Spreadsheets.
All three tools are engaging options for formative assessment and data collection that organize the information in spreadsheets for feedback. With a few simple tricks, this data can then be organized and sorted to make the students’ learning more actionable. If I can’t understand the data, I can’t provide the right feedback.