Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PollEverywhere: Collaborative Assessment

Formative assessment is essential to student growth and learning. According to one study, student feedback has a greater impact on student achievement than reductions in classroom size or improving a teacher's content knowledge.

Recently a student-teacher shared with me how his practicum teacher uses technology to support student feedback in assessments. Using clickers or phone-based polling software, he conducts a forum-like situation where students anonymously answer questions and when the results results are displayed on the class screen, students are given the opportunity to support their answers. I tested this tech-enabled assessment approach the other day with some teachers and they loved it. Here are some steps you can take to make this happen:

  1. Get Polleveryhwere for free. 
  2. Create a poll.
  3. Sync the poll to your PowerPoint slides.
  4. In class, show the slide with the question.
  5. Students text their response. 
  6. Students explain their choices
  7. Teacher/student provide feedback.