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Pros: Create simple or detailed assessments in a snap. Real-time monitoring and feedback.
Cons: Could use more collaboration. No family access.
Bottom Line: This cleverly designed tool enables teachers to gather a variety of student response types and offer individualized feedback.
Formative supports truly reflective, student-centered formative assessment regardless of whether students are in school or at home. Use Formative to facilitate a flipped classroom model with videos, reading assignments, and written responses, or ask students to submit a video response to reflect about what they learned in class. View students' progress as they complete graphic organizers, work out math problems, annotate an image, or work through a science lab. Talk with students digitally, giving them the chance to try, fail, try again, and improve learning outcomes. In class, use the teacher-paced mode to guide engaging, interactive lessons that enable students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways, whether it's writing, drawing, video, objective questions, or other response types. Since you can control feedback options, there are opportunities for immediate feedback or for asking students to revisit and retry tasks in order to achieve mastery of learning objectives. During or after a lesson, use the data you gather to inform future instruction, eliminating the guesswork and surprises that often accompany standard classroom lessons and traditional assessments. Set up custom rubrics and use them to grade responses and provide consistent, accurate feedback to students.
Teachers will want to consider that without the ability to involve caregivers through the platform, those who teach younger students may want to avoid asking them to do too much at home. Options for group collaboration would add to Formative's engagement factor at all levels, but even without those, opportunities abound for teachers to connect with and guide students.
Formative is a web- and app-based interactive student response and assessment tool that's compatible with almost any device. Upon sign-up, teachers can add classes via class code, QR code, or URL or through integrations like Clever or Google Classroom. Teachers can then choose whether to take advantage of detailed tutorials and a library of user-created content, or they can upload or create assignments on their own that let students type, record audio and video, enter numbers, draw (with a mouse or their finger, depending on the device), upload an image, answer multiple-choice questions, and more. Through teacher-paced or independent means, students complete assigned tasks and submit them for feedback. Students need accounts if teachers want to track their progress over time, but there's also an option to respond as a guest without logging in.
Progress monitoring options are varied, ranging from real-time formative feedback to a student growth tracker, which allows teachers to track student progress by standard. The teacher dashboard lets teachers see student work upon submission, and teachers can manually or automatically send grades and narrative feedback in response.
In a crowded genre, Formative stands out with its wealth of question or content types and excellent options for individualized feedback. The ability for teachers to see their students' learning progress in real time is invaluable and allows teachers to intervene and guide student learning before students are too far into a concept. Because of the browser-based platform, it works on any device, making it adaptable to a lot of different learning scenarios.
There's a remarkable opportunity for scaffolding here. Teachers can provide as many resources as they wish to support student learning. Students will love how easy it is to use the tool, no matter which device they have in hand, and teachers will love how the features for assignment creation, distribution, and feedback are all thoughtfully designed with the end user in mind. The library of high-quality premade assignments will help time-strapped teachers get off the ground quickly, but they'll have to spend some time curating the activities that best fit their students' needs. As with any tool, this site's learning potential is only as good as the teacher behind it, so it's up to instructors to design thoughtful lessons that demand meaningful engagement, feature a lot of variety, and generate thoughtful feedback. Luckily, there's a lot of guidance available to help teachers do just that.