Apps For Formative Assessment

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1. Evaluate

1.1. Classify It! – A Fun App for Learning to Classify Plants and Animals

1.1.1. In this app students are asked to classify basic plants and animals. In order to participate in the app students are evaluated upon their basic knowledge of plants and animals. They are asked a question and then required to identify the plant or animal which would be the answer to that question. This would be nice for some of my "high flyers" because it would offer them an indepth look at plants and animals verses what we cover in the classroom.

1.2. TinyTap Introduces Insights to Track Your Students’ Progress on the Games You Make

1.2.1. Through this app teachers can create their own educational games. Once the students participate in these games you can use this app to track their progress or evaluate your students. I can see this being really useful for a pretest or to get an idea of what knowledge students retained from a given lesson. I really like that you can design your own app as a teacher because you can tailor it to fit the needs of your students.

1.3. Socrative

1.3.1. This app helps to measure students learning and current knowledge on a topic. Grades taken from this "make your own" quiz platform are displayed in percentages automatically which can make for an easy grade. This also ensures that all students are being formatively assessed and the data for these assessments is well organized.

1.4. Literably: the easiest way to assess reading

1.4.1. This app can be used to evaluate a student's general fluency. This would serve as a perfect formative assessment between the benchmark assessments our school uses to measure a student's fluency through AIMSWeb. this would take a lot of the stress off of organizing a student's data every time they do a one minute fluency focused practice.

2. Analyze

2.1. MindMash on the App Store

2.1.1. This app called "MindMash" would be really helpful to students. It encourages students to really analyze and synthesize information. This requires students to organize their thoughts. In doing so students are using basic skills such as comparing and contrasting. I really like this app because it requires critical thinking from the students in a very user friendly format.

2.2. VideoScience on the App Store

2.2.1. The description on this app did not lead me to first think of analyzing. The app has a variety of student friendly science experiments which are shown in video form. In order to use this for analyzing purposes, the review of the app suggested first teaching the students the scientific method. Then, the students are encouraged to watch the videos and identify each step of the scientific process along the way. In some of these videos the process was not exclusively followed or steps were omitted. This would encourage the students to really analyze the work of the scientists in order to determine the steps they are taking during these experiments.

2.3. Online Reading Activities | ReadTheory

2.3.1. This reading assessment tool brings formative assessment results to both the teacher and the student. Both parties are able to access all data and view progress being made. The quizzes based upon reading, are already integrated as a part of the app. This formative assessment would be great for grouping students by ability level in order to continue with instruction.

3. Applying

3.1. A Fun App for Introducing Kids to Health Foods

3.1.1. Within this app students are encouraged to create recipes fast with the space chef. The idea behind this app is that students will become more familiar with healthy foods. By applying their current knowledge of foods, they are able to create balanced meals with the space chef. I think this would be a really neat reward game in the classroom. Often times basic health concerns aren't addressed with students because they are not "a part of the standards" and we simply don't have time. This would be helpful because it does not require teacher guidance at all.

3.2. Two Math Apps that Have Students Slicing Numbers

3.2.1. This app is considered a "skills practicing app". Students can take the knowledge from the school year and apply it through this app. Students seem to be far less engaged when I get the flash cards out. This app would solve that problem and engage students to get some additional practice in while using a digital resource

3.3. Knowledgehook - An Instructional Guidance System for Math Teachers

3.3.1. Students are asked to apply their knowledge through this interactive gaming app. This is a great example of formative assessment because it rewards students for their work. A lot of times I have found that students are not as engaged in formative assessment because it is not for a grade. With this simple rewarding app students will really try their best and I will be able to formatively assess them.

4. Create

4.1. Book Creator Now Lets You Publish With One Tap

4.1.1. This app is primarily designed for creating ebooks. This app would be helpful in the classroom because it allows our students to make mistakes. sometimes with the old fashion "pen and paper version" my students will have a little hiccup on their final copies which is seemingly unfixable without completely starting over. This ebook app allows the student to continually edit and improve without having to start completely over.

4.2. Inspire Creative Writing With the Scribeasy App

4.2.1. One key struggle I have seen at any grade level is a bit of writer's block when it comes to an entirely self created story. This app solves that problem by providing the students with a variety of images in order to prompt the start of their story. At first students will select one image which they feel like could be the setting or background of their story. Then, the app displays many different images which the students are able to add to the background. Once the students have completed their image they will now have a starting point for their writing which comes from telling the story of the picture.

4.3. Recap

4.3.1. This app lets students create a short video to demonstrate their learning. This would allow for the teacher to view their presentation videos at a later time and give them direct feedback or gage their retention of the material in the lesson.

5. Remembering

5.1. World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary on the App Store

5.1.1. This app is a part of IReady which is the program my school will be gein using this upcoming school year. I was really interested in this app because it will be something that my students are working with daily. This app helps students to increase and solidify their vocabulary by practicing site words in an engaging way. This will help our students to better remember their site words.

5.2. Hideout: Early Reading on the App Store

5.2.1. This app is all about letter and sound associations. In order to progress through the app the students play sets of mini-games. Through these games students are asked to identify letter sounds and phonemic patterns. Previously I taught in a CWC setting where we reviewed letter and sound associations daily with a small group of students. This would be an ideal practice for one student to participate in which would free up my time in order to help another student with their specific needs.

5.3. Beyond the Bubble

5.3.1. This app describes itself has a historical based quiz app. Through this app students are challenged and rewarded based upon their critical thinking skills as well as rewarded for memorization. This would be a great formative assessment to gauge the general knowledge of history of all of my students. Additionally this would be helpful in identifying some of the strengths in my students.

6. Understand

6.1. Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion on the App Store

6.1.1. Through this app students will learn all about fact and opinions. As students progress through each stage with Garfield they begin learning the fundamental differences between fact and opinion. this app would be really useful in the classroom because there would be no pre-teaching of the concepts required.

6.2. Thinking Blocks Addition on the App Store

6.2.1. This app is for students to practice their fundamental math skills. In order to encourage understanding, this app breaks down and models the entire practice for the students. This would be really beneficial in my classroom because I truly believe there isn't just one way to learn. Teaching students all sorts of strategies and letting them pick the one which best suits them is the most effective practice for me. The app would just provide yet another method of teaching the same concept.


6.3.1. When considering the possibilities with this app, your reach certainly can extend outside of the classroom. If all students have access to an online capable device at home this would be a great way to encourage collaboration as well as formatively assess students through their conversations with their peers.

6.4. Flipgrid. Ignite Classroom Discussion.

6.4.1. This app is a platform which allows students to answer posed questions in a variety of ways. I think that this would really help me to formatively assess my students because it is not a cookie cutter style of assessment where I am expecting all of my students to perform and respond in the same way. This app thrives on authentic assessment and giving the students a variety of ways to answer a question.