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Learning Technologies Bulletin 10: Formative Assessment

This bulletin focuses on the possible use of ICT tools to conduct formative assessments in classrooms. Formative assessments can enable learners to interact with assessment in multiple ways – through writing, drawing, speaking, listening, phyically moving, designing and carry out explorations.

Brief Background information regarding Formative Assessment:
 
Formative assessment (FA) consists of a range of both formal and informal assessment procedures used to improve students’ understandings. The assessment focuses on qualitative feedback, in contrast to summative assessment. 
 
Formative assessment serves several purposes: 
  1. To provide feedback for teachers to modify subsequent learning activities and experiences.
  2. To identify and remediate group or individual deficiencies.
  3. To remove from focusing on grades as to reduce negative impact of extrinsic motivation. 
  4. To improve students’ metacognitive awareness of how they learn. 
  5. To ensure fine-tuning of instruction and students’ focus on progress. 
Examples of FA include:
Maths and Science: The use of MCQ to attain quick conceptual understandings or misconceptions from students for earlier intervention before summative assessment. A short quiz could be employed to assess students’ understanding immediately after a lesson or before the next lesson. 
 
Languages and Humanities: The evaluation of a written work/essay/thesis as a form of FA before the summative assessment. 
 
Other FA tools will enable learners to interact with assessment in multiple ways – through writing, drawing, speaking, listening, phyically moving, designing and carry out explorations. Below shows other FA tools and their functions. 
 
What is it
Functions 
Where to get it
Online Poll
A poll system that collects audience responses through web or mobile text, and displays it in live form. It allows live participations and gives instantaneous feedback to the audience. Multiple-choice-questions or Yes-No questions are usually used in this polling system.
 
Word Games Maker
You can make your own printable worksheets such as Cross-word puzzles, Match-up Games and Fill-in-the-blank worksheets to be used in classrooms.
http://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own 
Website or blog
These tools allows students to keep an online portfolio to capture their learnings, including findings, reflections and journals, as a form of formative assessment.
 
Online Wall
This tool allow users to post stickers on a virtual wall simultaneously. Teachers may deploy formative assessment strategies such as “3-2-1” and “A-B-C” summary when using this tool.
Online Mindmap
This tool helps students to think and learn visually. Students are able to capture facts, thoughts and images and learn to find relationship between them. It can be used as a formative assessment at the end of a topic/an unit.
 
http://poplet.com
Online quizzes
Some onlinesites allows teachers to customise and assign quizzes online. Some returns with an analysis report of the results.
 
 
Edmodo quizzes 
Teachers are allowed to customise and assign quizzes in different interesting formats such as filling in the blanks or mix and match on a platform similar to Facebook students are most familiar with.  https://rgssg.edmodo.com
We hope that you will find the information helpful.
 

Posted byChristopher Foo, Fan Wenying and Pamela Ng

Learning Technologies Team (LTT)

Raffles Girls’ School


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