There are tons of tools available for gathering feedback from students, colleagues and other groups. Whether you need an anonymous brainstorming tool (eg: AnswerGarden) or a detailed survey form with lots of options (eg: Google Forms) there’s likely a free or relatively cheap option available.
This lesson includes a variety of tools that can be used for brainstorming, exit tickets, data collection, assessments, feedback and more. The Tools to Explore section includes the most popular tools with links to examples and ideas. The More to Explore section includes links to lists of additional tools and articles about feedback tools.
TOOLS TO EXPLORE
- Padlet – Formerly known as Wall Wisher, handy and easy to use noteboard. Free.
- Flipgrid – Terrific tool for recording short video responses to questions. FlipGrid One is free. One “grid” with unlimited topics. Pro account is $65/year.
- Andy Plemmons: Natural Side of Student Voice – comments about using Flipgrid
- 2nd Graders Use Their Research To Respond Via Flipgrid!
- The Educators Guide to FlipGrid – Free PDF with tons of details about using FlipGrid.
- PeerGrade – Run a “live session” for student peer review of work. Students sign in with a code, no email needed. They submit their work with a Google Drive link, a link to URL, text typed right in the app, or by uploading a file. They then give feedback on the work of 3 other students. And finally receive their own feedback.
- Quizlet Live – Well known for creating flash card sets to help students learn and review content, the Live option turns your sets into a game. Quizlet creates random teams from your student lists and they must work together to answer questions and complete the game.
- Dotstorming – Simple free tool. Start with a question, add some options and share URL. Students can each add more options and then vote for their favorites. Try this one that I set up for our workshop: Cool Tools dotstorm Dotstorm has a very cool feature, you can populate your options from a Pinterest board!
- Spiral – Currently includes 3 types of student activities: Quickfire for quick questions and answers, Discuss for interactive presentations, and Team Up for group work.
- Vizia – Import a video from YouTube or Wistia. At any point in the video, easily insert polls and questions to check for understanding.. Students play the video, it stops where you’ve inserted a question. Students need to answer or skip questions to proceed. Results can be added to a Google sheet, along with student name.
- EdPuzzle -Similar to Vizia. Add a video and add quesions, quizzes and polls at specified points.
- Kahoot – “Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free!” Very popular and lots of fun.
- Quizziz – Somewhat similar to Kahoot with some different options. Both are great for quiz like games in class. Short video from Tony Vincent demo-ing how it works.
- Formative – Add content for students to review, then create assessment questions for them to answer. Create class groups to simplify administration.
- TodaysMeet – Simple and free twitter like backchannel discussion tool. Teacher sets up a free room, students just need to know the URL. No logins required, just type in your comment and it appears. Teacher accounts have more features for $5/month.
- SeeSaw – free iOS app lets students upload digital work and photos of physical work. Teacher can provide feedback, parents have access.
- Seesaw, The Learning Journal – blog post by Joyce Valenza
- Plickers – iOS app to gather feedback from students in the classroom. You have the app on your device, students each have a large printed card with a QRCode on it. Each card can be used to select the answer A, B, C or D to your multiple choice question. Students hold up their card, you scan the room and app gathers answers. Might be gimmicky (?), but reviewers say it’s engaging and fun.
- AnswerGarden – Free tool for web and iPad. Pose a question, respondents answer anonymously and a word cloud is created.
- Google Forms – Great for creating feedback forms and quizzes. Input is saved in a Google Drive spreadsheet. Google Forms now has a self grading feature.
- RemindChat – Safe and simple one-on-chat messaging with students and parents. From the folks at Remind (formerly Remind 101)
- PearDeck – adds interaction and feedback options to slide deck presentations. Free option and discounted educator pricing.
MORE TO EXPLORE
- Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools
- Know Students Better: A Visual Guide to Formative Assessment Tools – Great graphics by Tony Vincent that summarize the features of many tools.
- Student Assessment & Feedback Tools – Wendy Molle posted this terrific summary of the tools she tested for the 2016/17 Cool Tools workshop.
- 21 Tools for Conducting Digital Formative Assessments
- Reviews of Assessment Tools from Commonsense Education.
- 12 Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers
- 11 Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart
- Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success
- Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing
- 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools
- Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments
- Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips
- Explore several of the response tools listed above, in the articles cited or any other assessment/feedback tools that you’re interested in testing out.
- Points to cover in your blog post:
- Share why you chose the tools you did and how your testing worked out.
- If you tried something out with a student or other group, tell us how things worked out.
- How you might use these tools in your school setting.
- Any other tips and ideas that you want to share.
*TURNING IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT
- Write & publish your blog post.
- Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
- Return to the Google Classroom assignment page, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.
*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.