Posts Tagged: formative assessment

Importance of Formative Assessment

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Naiku’s Coach’s Corner. This week, I want to discuss the importance of incorporating formative assessments into your classroom assessment practice. Formative assessment is a great way to measure a student’s performance during instruction, and usually occurs regularly throughout the instruction process. When we assess student learning for formative purposes, there may be no final mark on a student’s paper or summative grade in our grade book. Rather, formative assessment can serve as practice for our students, much like a meaningful homework assignment does. And the … Read More


We Are Naiku: Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School

Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School serves grades 5-8 students in northeastern Iowa. The school implements a 1:1 iPad program to integrate technology throughout the educational program in a seamless and timely fashion. For the past three years, the school has integrated Naiku into their classroom for formative assessment, progress monitoring, and reporting for their PLCs. Download this case study to learn how Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School integrated Naiku and their iPads for better assessment and better learning: Case Study – Waverly Shell Rock MS


New Quick Question Features

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Naiku releases two new features to their popular web-based student response system Quick Question. This free on-line formative assessment tool now allows teachers to 1) create questions on the fly in Quick Question and 2) save the data from the session for later viewing.   When you launch Quick Question and start a question, you’ll notice that if you move your mouse over the question number, you can edit that field. This is where you type in (create) your question. In the figure below, you … Read More


Quick Question Quick Tip #3

Using Exit Tags with Quick Question Did you know that you can easily use exit tags with Quick Question? Starting an exit tag is easy – just press the exit tag button just as you would any other question type and the student devices are instantly updated. Students have predefined choices they can select (see student screenshot below) and can also add additional free field information. Remember that only you as the teacher can identify individual student responses (Quick Tip #1). So, the next time you need to check for … Read More


Quick Question Quick Tip #1

How To Identify Individual Student Answers Did you know that you can easily identify individual student answers when polling your students with Quick Question?  It’s easy – simply hover your mouse over the answer selection, and a pop-up box will highlight all those students (or teachers if you are using in a staff meeting!) that have responded.  See screenshot below as an example. Additional tips Interested in additional tips on how you can use your free Quick Question account?  Visit www.naiku.net/QuickQuestion.  And remember, if you like Quick Question, please share with … Read More


A Bring Your Own Technology (Device) Policy Statement

Here’s the policy statement that one of our client schools uses to guide their Bring Your Own Technology program.  We’ve heard of too many schools agonizing too much, in our opinion, over drafting such a policy.  It’s always good to have everyone voice their ideas and weigh-in on new innovations, but this isn’t that hard.  The hard, but fruitful work, comes once the policy is in place. If you have variations at your school that you’d like to share, please add a comment below.   Bring Your Own Technology – … Read More


One Big Idea

The central and core idea underlying formative assessment is that evidence of what students are learning is used to adjust instruction in order to better meet each student’s learning needs. Yet, something is missing from this idea. The focus is on instruction. What about the student? For assessment to be formative, both the teacher and the learner need to be actively involved in formative practices. So for Thompson & Wiliam (2008), the Big Idea of formative assessment can be expressed in the following way: Students and teachers Using evidence of … Read More


Formative Assessment

What It Is and What Classroom & Schoolwide Practices Ensure Its Success For the next three blogs I am going to focus on formative assessment. Why this focus? Simple. A significant body of research has concluded that student-learning gains garnered by classroom formative assessment practices were among the largest ever reported for educational interventions (e.g., Black and Wiliam, 1998). So, what exactly is formative assessment, how does it benefit what goes on in the classroom, what are its attributes, and what classroom- and schoolwide practices need to be in place to … Read More


Three Levels of Assessment

Questions to Ask at Each In the previous Blog, I attempted to go inside the classroom and look at using assessment practices that promote student learning—assessment for learning. I’d like to take a step back and look at the balanced assessment system, this time at the three levels of assessment, the information about student learning we can glean from each level, and at how we can best use the information from each level. Educators make all kinds of important decisions based on the information they get from a variety of … Read More


Knowing What Students Know

Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning and Enhance Classroom Instruction In the previous Blog, I talked about creating and sustaining a balanced assessment system—i.e., different ways to assess, balancing assessment types, and conditions and practices that need to be in place in order to implement and sustain a balanced assessment system. This week, I want to go inside the classroom and talk about things that teachers can do to gather information about student learning and to better understand and support this learning.  Here, I’m talking about knowing what each student … Read More


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