There is nothing wrong with traditional paper-pencil or a show-of-hands student assessment. However, if you challenge yourself to try just one electronic feedback tool, you might be surprised at its efficacy and accuracy. Electronic assessment quickly collects student response, allowing the teacher to analyze and act upon student understanding and to effectively design instruction. There are quite a few free reliable electronic systems available. Below is a small collection of free web-based digital assessment tools.
PollEverywhere is a student response system. Students are able to anonymously text their replies to questions allowing the teacher to adjust and differentiate instruction and address misconceptions. Polleverywhere may be used “real-time” during class or remotely in a flipped setting, allowing teachers to assess student understanding prior to class the next day.
Quia is a password-protected web-based platform that allows teachers to browse a teacher-created library or create their own self-grading quizzes as well as other learning activities, such as flashcards and word scrambles.
SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based traditional, virtual and home schools resources incorporating formative and summative assessments and can be differentiated to meet a variety of curricular, instructional and technology needs. Teachers can create and automatically grade custom multiple-choice quizzes which provide automatic feedback on student understanding.
Diagnoser is an assessment tool for classroom instruction. This interactive program provides teachers with continuous formative assessment and feedback on student thinking, understanding or misconceptions; which in turn inform instruction. Students receive feedback as they work through their assignments and teachers are able to view reports that detail facets of their students’ thinking about an assigned topic.
Edmodo is a password-protected system that connects learners with other students, teachers, parents, administrators and publishers in order to share resources within the class setting or globally. Teachers are able to continue classroom discussions online, provide assignments and to quiz or give polls to track student understanding, confusion or frustration. Students may earn badges based on performance or behavior.
Schoology is a password-protected cloud-based learning management system (visually similar to facebook) for K-12 schools and higher education institutions focused on collaboration allowing users to create, manage, and share academic content. Teacher resource tools include attendance records, online grade book, tests and quizzes, homework drop boxes, use of rubric assessment and Google Drive integration. There is an option to purchase the school-wide enterprise package.
PowerMyLearning is a collection of tools that personalize instruction and support student-driven learning in and out of school. Academic games, videos and activities are tagged by subject, grade and are aligned to common core state standards. The activities (from publishers like PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, Khan Academy, and Scholastic) have been vetted by a team of experienced educators through a multi-step review process and are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and others. Common Sense Media rates PML with 4 (out of 5) stars.