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10 Must-Try Formative Assessment Strategies: Check for Understanding With Digital Tools

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom II/III

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Class Tech Tips, LLC
Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum Consultant, author of EdTech Essentials (ASCD, 2021) and former New York City public school teacher. She works with schools and organizations around the world to support PreK-20 educators with thoughtful classroom technology integration. Monica’s website and Easy EdTech Podcast helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology. Follow along with Monica on your favorite social channels @ClassTechTips.

Session description

Get an introduction to 10 strategies for checking student understanding in all grade levels across all content areas. You'll walk away with tips you can use tomorrow as we share actionable, meaningful ways to gather data to inform instruction.

Purpose & objective

Participants will recognize features that are present in a variety of digital tools to transfer session strategies to their own learning environments.

Participants will take on a student role to better understand the perspective of the learner.

Participants will explore how to differentiate formative assessment for the needs of different students.

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5 minutes - Set the stage with an overview of formative assessment and connection ISTE Standards
5 minutes - Interactive activity connected to formative assessment experiences (device-based activity)
10 minutes - first three ways with examples
8 minutes - interactive assessment activity (device-based activity)
10 minutes - next three ways with examples
7 minutes - interactive assessment activity (device-based activity)
10 minutes - final four ways with examples
5 minutes - Goal setting and questions

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Supporting research

My post for Edutopia:

My post for ASCD:

My podcast:

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Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Google tools, Nearpod, Adobe Express, Canva, Book Creator, Mentimeter
Subject area:
Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
  • 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.
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