Improvement ideas for Formative - wish list

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Two things that would make a big difference to my uptake of Formative:

  1. The ability to put sentence frames/starters into short answer questions and explains to support EAL students (all my students).

  2. The ability to have the setup the graph to begin with preentered content by pasting an existing Desmos graph URL as you can in Desmos’ own activity builder. That would enable that feature to be extremely powerful.


I love this idea!! I would find it very helpful in my Algebra 1 classes.

Yes, yes and meny more yes!


I couldn’t find if anyone already suggested adding comments in Multiple Choise questions by every answer choise like Khan Academy has. That is: the student chooses incorrect answer and the comment explains why it is incorrect, e.g. “This is the radius, not the diameter”.


Is there any possibility of getting Formative to send grades back to Google Classroom. I looked through the forum and did not see anything yet about this, but perhaps not using the correct search terms.


This would be AMAZING!! I recently went back to using some EdPuzzle videos and found that when I ‘post’ those videos to GC, the scores are placed in my GC grade book. I would LOVE for GoFo to do the same! It would save SOOOO much time.


This is definitely something on our radar! We made Tracker data exportable a while back as a way to help teachers more easily enter that data into different systems but automatic grade passback would certainly be a gamechanger for those using Google Classroom, Clever and Learning Management Systems.

Would anyone like to join me on a call sometime and discuss the design for this, what you’d like to see and how you envision it functioning with Formative? The same offer applies to those with our partner schools using LTI integrations such as Canvas, etc.

I don’t know how this would work, but I know EdPuzzle auto grades and populates scores in my Google Classroom IF I ‘post in Google Classroom’ from EdPuzzle. Maybe there’s someone there who can assist you in the coding.


I would like to see this as Formative syncing directly with Google Classroom. It could also be a switch where if off, wont post, but if on it will auto post.


Is it possible to set a max time per question (like in Kahoot). If no, is that a feature that may be availbale in near future?


This is a big need. Thanks for suggesting.

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Some things that I would like to see are:

  1. Timed formatives to give practice standardized tests. I know we can open and close them at certain times, but if there is a way to have them get 25 minutes from the time they open their formative.
  2. A spot to put a general feedback on questions. For example, the answer is A because… You might have picked B if you didn’t… etc. or a sample for “show your work” questions that need to be manually graded. Maybe even some video capability to explain how to do problems would be nice.
  3. The ability to see the answers we typed in to compare to students’ answers (especially for checking math that might be typed in differently from the answers, but still are correct.)

Great ideas!

  1. Setting a time limit would be nice for Exit Tickets, learning checks, bell ringers too.
  2. I’ve wanted to give general feedback for awhile now. If I write a multiple choice problem, my answers are based on specific errors, so having auto-feedback generated for specific answers would be perfect! The same would be true for specific short answer responses as well.
  3. I usually make myself a key by using the student view, however, I wish that part would stay ‘frozen’ at the top of the page while I scroll down to grade other answers.

So I am very slowly putting together ideas on rubrics. I have used Schoology in the past and their rubric concept worked quite well, and Google is working on a beta as well for Google Classroom.

Here is my first concept. Similar to tagging standards, I envision a user created database of reusable rubrics with the ability to create one on the fly from a simple drop down menu.

I’ll work on some concept art in the next few days on what the teacher side grading would look like.

This is an idea of what I am thinking for the grading side. You could add your own criteria or add a standard for a criteria. The + and - for cells would be visible on mouse over.


This looks amazing!!!

I love this!! I would totally use this. I think the same type of ‘selection’ process could be applied to feedback as well. I can see me using a rubric with common feedback comments and selecting all the ones that apply. :slight_smile:

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I wonder if it would be possible to open a formative to individual students once a formative is closed for the class.

There are times I want to give extended time to some students, but can’t without giveing the whole class.
Students absent during test day would be another example of opening a test for individual or few students.

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You can!! I do this all the time. Click on “adjust settings” under your class list on the Assign tab. Then click on the toggle button and you will see a list of students. Then just choose the ones you want to allow to work on the assignment.

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Thnak you! I didn’t realize that! Awesome!!!