I use many features on formative in my Chemistry class spesifically during the past paper sessions. I check students reply on a same questions and give them individual feedback and motivate them. Almost every student is fully focused and and know that I am there to train them for the best results.
I am a technology integration specialist, learning this tool so that I can inform teachers how to use Formative to drive instruction. Good formative assessment tools should give fast, accurate information to instructors and students to help them make informed decisions about next steps for learning. Sometimes this is reteaching, moving on to the next topic, or coaching or more!
As an Instructional Technology TOSA, I have used GoFormative to collect data about how my teachers are using tech tools with their students. I immediately used this information to share with my district’s school board to inform the use of district tech funds for past and future reference. Collectively, the board was impressed with the information because teachers were asked to draw, answer open-ended questions and account for their frequent use of tech tools.
When I was in the classroom, I used formative data to guide my teaching, gain an immediate view of which students needed more/less assistance which allowed me to differentiate instruction. I can modify stations and future lessons.
I’m an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, and in my district we use PowerSchool; however, there are huge limitations to PowerSchool that GoFormative doesn’t have.
For example, teachers can create their own questions on GoFormative were the district prevents teachers from creating their own questions on PowerSchool. Furthermore, if you aren’t a Math, Science, English, or History Teacher, you will be unable to create anything on PowerSchool based on the district’s settings.
English teachers prefer GoFormative because they can include long paragraphs or short stories and GoFormative doesn’t seem to have a quota like Kahoot! or Quizizz.
Beyond the ability to create questions that are catered to a class, GoFormative also provides tons of data based on how students respond (making it easy for teachers to recycle questions, reteach, etc).
I use Formative as one of the tools for formative assessments in my classroom. Typically they are short (5-10) questions on what we have been studying over the last few days. I like the flexibility that Formative has with questions types and student responses. As a science teacher, the ability for students to draw or upload a picture of their work is worth is weight in gold. The teacher dashboard makes assessing student responses quick and efficient.
Welcome to the community. There are lot of good Formatives created for science. Happy hunting!
I love Formative! It is by far the best assessment tool I have found for use in my math classes, and I have been using it for over two years for the majority of my assessments. I use it for daily warm-ups at the beginning of class and am able to quickly show the class results with student names hidden. This allows the entire class to see their overall results. I then go over the warm up and discuss with my class mistakes made and clear up any misconceptions that arise from our discussion. It also allows the students to practice using Formative prior to taking a summative assessment. I have seen an improvement in my students’ use of correct mathematical notation since they must type answers as formulas, functions, solution sets, etc.
A specific time I use GoFormative is at the beginning of each semester to set classroom expectations. Students share their insights by submitting (via GoFormative) the expectations they have for me as their teacher, the expectations they have for their peers, and the expectations they have for the general classroom environment.
Learning only happens when a student feels welcomed and supported. Student responses are collected via GoFormative and are then used as discussion points, so that each student in my classroom has an opportunity to voice their opinion. We narrow down the responses as a class to form a mutual list of classroom expectations that the class agrees to abide by which is then proudly displayed on a classroom bulletin board for the remainder of the semester.
I’ve seen an improvement in my students’ math notation as well. It’s helped us have better ‘math’ conversations when students can’t figure out why GoFo flagged their answer ‘red’.
I found that getting student input on day one in middle school was extremely helpful for classroom management the rest of the school year. I didn’t have Formative then, but I can see how this could be used to facilitate that discussion while letting kids ‘play’ with technology that first day.
I am still new to Formative, but this seems like a terrific way to ensure conceptual understanding. I hope to apply this to my class.
I am a 8th grade math teacher who use formative everyday in math class to know what all my students know. It’s used for warm-ups, exit tickets, inconjunction with Desmos Classroom Activites quizzes, discussions, remediation and for blended learning.
I use student responses in Formative to provide immediate feedback to students while they are working. If I notice that most students answered incorrectly, I turn off the names and project responses so that we can have a whole class discussion.
I am using Formative to do pre-assessments in my math blocks. This will help me to quickly assess who needs enrichment, readiness or review work!
I use formative responses to gauge what the students already know. It helps me to expand on the topics we are learning.
I used formative last year to assess my students at the end of their lessons. They began looking forward to the “quiz” and it created a culture of fun and competition within the classroom.
The ability to type in feedback outside the lesson when I have time to carefully consider each student’s responses, and yet that feedback is still interactive makes the formative assessment- useful feedback loop very effective
I’ve just started using Formative this month. I’ve used it to support my reading comprehension class. After reading and listening to a book, I assigned my students to create sentences using words I share on Formative. The words are taken from the book they have just finished reading and listening to.
I use Formative to customise feedback, and find the feedback loop very helpful in stating what is right or wrong with students’ submissions. The bespoke assessment is time consuming though, so I am selective about the nature of Math topics which I use in class.
Welcome to the community Yani. Great way to use Formative.