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10 Essential #FormativeTech Tools: Check for Understanding with Digital Devices

Location: W180

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: W180

Dr. Monica Burns  
This session will introduce 10 tools to check for student understanding in all grade levels and across content areas. You'll walk away with actionable, meaningful ways to gather data to inform instruction in this interactive session.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All web-based, smartphone or BYOD friendly
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.
  • Use assessment data to guide progress and communicate with students, parents and education stakeholders to build student self-direction.
Related exhibitors: Drawp for School

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

What does it mean to check for understanding in today's classroom? Can you really collect meaningful formative assessment data with a smartphone or tablet? 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 ten 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.


Check for understanding in today's classrooms - 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 4-7 (20 min)
How can you organize and make sense of formative assessment data? Sustainable Changes - data organization and evaluation practices; tools 8-10 (15 min)
Taking it Back - goal setting and questions; hands-on activity for exit slips (5 min)

Supporting research

Burns, M. 2017. #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology​. California, Corwin Press.

This session draws on the research on formative assessment by W. James Popham (2008) as well as Laura Greenstein’s (2010) formative assessment as a cycle. It follows the depth of research on the topic by Fisher and Frey (2011), allowing teachers should check for understanding every 5-10 minutes to ensure rigorous, supported instruction in an efficient manner.

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Dr. Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips, LLC

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