Real-time Formative Assessment without the Need for Student Devices


Real-time Formative Assessment without the Need for Student Devices

Formative assessment is a process that intends to give real-time info on whether or not students are learning and what is obstructing their growth. 

Understandings gained from this formative classroom assessment procedure assists educators well to deliver the instruction the right way and guide students. 

The real utilization of formative assessment can provide balanced learning to the students. Real Time Formative Assessment has a lot of benefits to students. Here are some:

Enable Standards-based Grading: Result of formative assessments is standards-based. It happens spontaneously as a consequence of the grading process, and many of the work are automatically.

Understand Student Learning in Real Time: Knowing student’s understanding about a particular topic in real time has many advantages. Teachers can understand student’s grasping capacity and can help students to enhance their capacity. Educators can easily identify area where a student or students need reinforcement.

Save Teacher’s Timing: Using platforms like Plickers for real time formative assessment can save a lot of teacher’s timing. Teachers can spend more time on the content rather than collecting paper and checking paper one-by-one.

Create Rich Learning Environment for Students: Real-time formative assessment tool create rich learning environment for students. Giving students’ homework in the form of quizzes and test engage them continuously. Students can access hints and can work effectively. Hence a rich environment is created where students can learn with fun and excitement.

Formative assessment is an easy way to judge student’s knowledge with availability of so many digital tools and apps today, but there are various reasons why teachers prefer using Plickers. 

What is Plickers?

Plickers is a simple and powerful tool that enables educators to collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. With this platform, a student doesn't need to log-in with their device.

With Plickers educators can:

  • Tailor instruction with instant feedback
  • Engage ALL students in critical thinking
  • Focus more on teaching, less on set-up

What You Can Do With Plickers?

Plickers is a valuable tool for real-time formative assessment. It acts as valuable polling tool, by just providing every student a card and using smartphone to scan it. Educators in real-time can check the responses.

Quizzes and questions are multiple-choice and text-only. Educators can add valuable questions and options for answers to provoke and check analysis inquiry.

In order to conduct poll, educators can create poll and project it on-screen, students can pick-up their custom responses cards, turning the cards in various orientations to show their answer. Educator holds up device and can scan student answers. Replies can automatically project on the screen and educators can tack their student’s replies.

Above all Plickers is a free service. Users can find Plickers on both iTunes and Android.

About the Author
Author: Prasanna Bharti
Prasanna is a blogger by profession, and loves to write about education technology. Her write-ups intend to provide a deep insight about enormous resources and ideas available to make learning better and effective with the use of technology.
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