Hi Faith. I think the easiest way to wrap your mind around it is this: Use Formative instead of your traditional worksheets/textbook assignments.
For example: If I have a worksheet where the students work the problems and then color the sheet based on the answer they get, then I keep it a paper worksheet. However, if I have a worksheet where the students are just working problems and they want me to check their problems as they work to ‘see if they got the right answer’ and I have to grade all the answers later anyway, then I use Formative.
Many times I can just upload the worksheet into Formative and place ‘bubbles’ on top of each problem. It set up the Formative key based on my hardcopy key. Students show their work on paper and then insert their answer in the Formative. I have the problems set to give immediate feedback (red/green). I usually leave one problem at the end that I have to grade (don’t put in an answer key); reflection question, free response, or upload a pic of the worksheet.
I stopped using a textbook about 20 years ago, but if you are required to assign problems out of the text, you can still make a Formative. A quick go-to: Title the Formative the way you would assign it from the book…“p135 (2-20E)”… and add questions for students to input answers. Bubble 1 would be ‘problem 2’, bubble 2 would be ‘problem 4’, etc. They can be set to grade immediately or after submitting. Either way, you only have to look at the red bubbles to double check for other ways the students could have entered answers. MUCH faster than grading all the problems.