One online tool for formative assessments is Quizalize.
Quizalize is an app used for creating fun-interactive formative assessments/quizzes, and uses a platform called zzish to very readily track and follow individual students progress in an online a gradebook. This free tool has a beautiful, trendy interface that was redesigned last year. The free version (there is also a premium version) provides "results for up to 3 classes and 5 activities."
I took some screenshots along the way. Sign-up is easy (Google, or email address). The social community shares quizzes that you can copy and alter for our own use, or create your own. I copied a ready-made quiz, and was able to alter it. One concern is that whatever you put out there, or whatever quiz you copy, is not vetted, so you have to make sure that the questions you are asking really assess the learning taking place.
I took a timed, multiple-choice quiz. After I made a selection, I could see my own progress and if I answered wrongly, I could see the right answer immediately. I also liked that an instructor could incorporate YouTube and audio files into a question. After the quiz, you can upload a video for the students, like "from the instructor" about what they just did (that could be a value-added service). There were also options based on how students scored on the exam, with follow-up steps.
In an online learning environment, one concern an educator had in regards to Quizalize was that it is a great tool for testing student’s knowledge of a topic, but if used correctly, can apply more critical-thinking skills. This suggestion by Dale on EdSurge, “Could we be more deliberate when using game-simulating tools by ensuring we solicit responses from our students that progressively challenge their thinking? Perhaps we could also provide opportunities for students to generate their own questions and use apps like Kahoot as a means to “think-pair-share” their questions to challenge each other!” is a good one, and could work very well in a blended class room as a project. In class, students can take the quiz, and be shown where they rank and who “won” the quiz (a picture is worth 1000 words, here is one from a Twitter educator: https://twitter.com/KLTeehan/status/1134071458559381504).
Overall, this could be a useful tool for my students because I could show them images and videos, and see if they can review afterward who created the video, is it credible/reliable, and more. I think it would also be a great way for me to survey the OCC community at large about what their literacy needs are. It would be useful if this information could be downloaded into another program like survey monkey that can break that information into pie charts and more. But for formative assessment, once a unit is written, I could see this being a very useful tool.
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