This blog has been created in relation to our recent webinar: Formative Assessment: Using Technology to Inform Recovery Support in Education.  (A copy of the webinar is available at the bottom of this blog.)

The webinar highlights a few key areas of research and pedagogy around the use of technology to support formative assessment.  We explored the EEF Digital Technology Guidance Report, in which we highlighted key areas around the benefits of technology, in relation to workload and how technology can increase the processes of formative assessment within our settings. The report also supports the idea that technology should be used to compliment and support traditional teaching practice, as opposed to replacing the pedagogy we as professionals have already developed. 

We also discussed the importance of the ‘Why’ as highlighted within Simon Sinek’s work. Depending upon your role either as a school leader or just the ‘leader’ within your classroom. It is important to ensure that you have carefully considered why you have chosen to use a particular platform or routine of formative assessment. Consider also, what you intend to achieve and how would be best to implement this use of formative assessment within your classroom.

We also discussed that the real impact of formative assessment was not necessarily the student completing the task. The value is in the response from you as class teacher. Whether you choose to challenge misconceptions live or after the initial assessment, it is vital that you use the data collected to challenge the common misconceptions and in the creation of your own and your students’ next steps.  

The screenshot below is from the Quizizz reporting feature, which much alike similar apps allows quick and simple analysis of each assessment completed. Alongside this, most popular formative assessment apps will allow a seamless export to Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets (with many apps also allowing great integration with Google Classroom). When we consider the exams processes of recent years, it goes without saying that we as professionals know the importance of tracking data and being able to support our own judgement. Therefore, these tools also allow us simple, timely methods of data collection, collation and reflection opportunities which may pay benefit further down the line.

Towards the end of the Webinar we discussed and introduced a series of apps which offered a variety of EdTech formative assessment tools. The images and information below are just a few examples, more suggestions and guided support is available on our new Chromebook Directory website (beneficial for both Chromebook and non Chromebook users).

A full recording off the Webinar is available below:

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