12 Favorites for #FormativeTech: Check for Understanding With Technology Tools

Location: Room 217BC

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Lecture]

Tuesday, June 27, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: Room 217BC

Dr. Monica Burns  
This session will introduce 12 of Monica’s favorite tools to check for student understanding in all grade levels across the content areas. You'll walk away with tips you can use tomorrow and you'll discover actionable, meaningful ways to gather data to inform instruction.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants only need access to a web browser on their device (they can effectively partner with another attendee if necessary)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

What does it mean to check for understanding? How can you collect meaningful formative assessment data? How can you organize and make sense of formative assessment data? Technology tools can make the collection of formative assessment data more efficient to save instructional time, and organize data so strategic interventions can reach students in need. This session will provide an overview of Monica’s 12 favorite #FormativeTech tools! Attendees will understand how they can make quick changes to their practice to see immediate results, and make larger changes for scalable and sustainable reform. This session will include opportunities for interactive, hands-on experiences so teachers can take on the student perspective while preparing to replicate these strategies in their own classroom.


What does it mean to check for understanding? - Introduction to Formative Assessment - research and best practices (5 min)
How can you collect meaningful formative assessment data? Overview of #FormativeTech mentality - big picture and classroom stories; hands-on activity for group polling and data gathering; tools 1-3 (15 min)
How can you make this happen tomorrow? Quick Fixes - small changes, favorite tools, BYOD and shared screen classroom stories stories; hands-on activity for backchannel; tools 4-9 (20 min)
How can you organize and make sense of formative assessment data? Sustainable Changes - data organization and evaluation practices; tools 10-11 (15 min)
Taking it Back - goal setting and questions; hands-on activity for exit slips; tool 12 (5 min)

Supporting research

Ainsworth, L. (2015). Common formative assessments 2.0: How teacher teams intentionally align standards, instruction, and assessment. Corwin: Thousand Oaks, California.
Black, P. & Wiliam, D. (1998, October). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappa, 80(2), 130‐149.

Fisher, D. & Frey, N. (2011). Check for understanding. Principal Leadership, 12(1), 60-62.

Greenstien, L. What Teachers Really Want to Know About Formative Assessment. ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

Poppin, W. J. (2008). Transformative Assessment. ASCD: Alexandria, VA.
Richards, R. & Meier, E.B. (2016). Leveraging Mobile Devices for Qualitative Formative Assessment. In D. Mentor (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Mobile Learning in Contemporary Classrooms,(pp. 94‐115). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.



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June 25-28, 2017

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