Formative (Twitter @) is a free web browser app for formative assessment that works on any device, no downloads required. It is different from the popular tool Kahoot in that it is not inherently competitive; each student works on their own and responses are private.
Teachers create a formative assessment, students respond using their devices, and the teacher sees individual student responses in real time. Formative is very flexible, and includes image and file uploads and audio or video embeds, even a Quizlet can be embedded. It offers different types of responses, including multiple choice, show your work (drawing), short answer, and true/false. You can upload a PDF file and add questions directly to the page, or create a quick quiz question within the app. The app can autograde multiple choice and true/false questions, and then the teacher can manually grade show your work and short answer. Teachers can even give feedback live while a student is working. Once the activity is finished, teachers can export the data into a spreadsheet to use for assessment and to see where reteaching might be needed.
Students can access a Formative with a link, a quick code, through Google Classroom, or through an embedded activity on a website. The activities can be made public for everyone or assigned to specific classes.
For elementary students, the app is good for class warm ups or exit ticket review for any content area. Vocabulary, chapter book studies, math problems, estimation, predictions, and hypotheses all work well. It can also be a fun homework review assignment.
This is an example of a warm-up activity for fourth grade Virginia Studies. Students learn about the Indian tribes and major language groups present in Virginia when the English arrived in 1607, and this would serve as a quick review before starting another phase of the unit.
To try the exercise, choose “Enter as a guest below”, then type your name and click Get Started Now.
All of the responses are recorded and displayed in Live Results, which you can export.
Make sure to check out the Formative YouTube channel for quick tutorials and ideas for using Formative.
How would you use Formative in your classroom?[Disclosure: All blog posts are written by Andrea. Blog posts are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the respective companies of any service, hardware, or software mentioned. This blog earns a small commission through display ads.]