Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Formative Assessment Can Be Fun

With a 1:1, formative assessment is at the forefront of many classrooms. Kahoot has popped up across the curriculum as a fun way to glean real-time information from students and make impactful decisions about instruction based on this feedback.

Science Concepts Review

Eric Martin used Kahoot to review organelles with his classes and used a mixture of images and clever answer choices. To address misconceptions, he utilized the "reshow image" functionality within Kahoot to review each image prior to moving on to the next question. Eric also infused humor in a clever way by adding the "RAGE" option as an answer choice which essentially narrowed four choices down to three.

Based on my observation of his class, I assembled a few best practices for using Kahoot in the classroom:

  • Include Images (and re-show images after responses)
  • Add NOT and “Choose the Best Answer"
  • Include multiple right answers (A, B, and A & B) and change the order of right answers - Consider the benefits for students that rush through reading the question and responses
  • Add Humor (yes, no, maybe, RAGE)
  • Use as a fun way to review or grade HW

Science Collaborative Review

Bob Murphy used a blend of Google Forms and Kahoot in Conceptual Physics to allow student groups to contribute questions and answer choices to the assessment. 

Bob noted, 
"It provided a collaborative process to develop the questions, dividing up the chapter (in this case) among the group members, and allowing discussion and group assistance with questions and answers."
Groups would then submit their questions and answer choices using the Google form. Mr. Murphy had them submit the question, the correct answer, and alternate answers on the Google Form. By jigsawing the activity, it allowed more individuals to be working simultaneously to get the forms completed. After students had submitted their questions, Mr. Murphy would weed through them and select the best ones to build the Kahoot.

German Vocabulary Review

Scott Gardner used Kahoot as a vocabulary review. He infused his assessment with a mixture of images, phrases, definitive articles, and conjugated verbs.

Scott also provided students with Quizlet decks and and a PDF review that could be annotated as ancillary review support resources within eBackpack.

While each teacher took a slightly different approach to utilizing Kahoot within the classroom, they all had success with integrating this flavor of formative assessment with their students.

Stay tuned for info about future updates to this project. As we progress into our fifth year, we will also continue to reflect upon the changes to classroom, pedagogy, and instruction throughout our 1:1 iPad implementation.

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