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EDUC 2215 Technology for Teachers: Digital Assessment Tool

Digital Assessment Tools

Interactive Lessons and Video

Edulastic

Powerful standards-based assessment tool tracks student progress

Bottom line: An efficient platform -- especially for test prep -- that helps teachers track student progress on standards mastery.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Flipgrid

Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool

Bottom line: This accessible, approachable tool offers connection, multiple means of expression, and creativity to apply to almost any topic.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free

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LessonUp

Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

Bottom line: It's great for creating unique interactive lessons customized for every learner, but it might not be accessible for every student.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free to try 

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Nearpod

Engage and assess students with media, videos, and interactive slides

Bottom line: This is a great tool with a vast content library, and the teacher- or student-paced learning can unlock the potential of 1-to-1 environments.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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PlayPosit

Interactive video creator has great question variety

Bottom line: This tool strikes a nice balance, offering teachers an easy intro to interactive video mixed with a large set of features that can lead to increasingly sophisticated lesson design.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Whiteboard.chat

Complex interactive whiteboard offers a full instructional experience

Bottom line: Impressive, unparalleled versatility makes this more of an instructional platform than a whiteboard, but it'll require a lot of up-front work to get comfortable.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Edpuzzle

Crop, customize, and remix online video content with interactive tool

Bottom line: This is a valuable tool that teachers can use to flip classrooms or support student-led creation.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Pear Deck

Interactive slideshows offer a variety of ways to engage and assess

Bottom line: This is an appealing platform that can really ramp up engagement around formative assessment.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Wooclap

Versatile polling/presentation tool boasts great question variety

Bottom line: This tool supports student-centered teaching by pushing real-time participation/feedback beyond simple polls and multiple-choice questions.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Free to try 

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ClassFlow

Robust lesson creation and delivery tool helps with assessment

Bottom line: In the hands of a determined teacher, this platform's useful suite of tools can support learning experiences that move from instruction to assessment and back.

Grades: 4–12 Price: Free 

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Quizzing, Polling, and Student Response

Classkick

Assign, assist, and assess with real-time, interactive classroom

Bottom line: It's a great option for teachers who want to go paperless, provide specific feedback, and encourage collaboration among students in virtual or 1-to-1 classrooms.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free to try 

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Kahoot!

Game-like student-response tool can spark competitive fun

Bottom line: This is an effortlessly fun and flexible platform, but it shines best with creative implementation that tests its boundaries.

Grades: 1–12 Price: Free, Free to try, Paid 

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Mentimeter

Call on everybody at once with flexible, interactive presentation tool

Bottom line: You can use this tool to create dynamic presentations that strike a balance between information and interaction.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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ASSISTments

Functional (but not flashy) tool helps with assessing math skills

Bottom line: With purposeful planning, it's a simple, solid, and free tool for gathering critical data to support students' academic growth.

Grades: 4–12 Price: Free

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Formative

Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for 1-to-1, BYOD classrooms

Bottom line: This cleverly designed tool enables teachers to gather a variety of student response types and offer individualized feedback.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Plickers

Useful, low-tech rapid-response tool promotes formative assessment

Bottom line: This can be a useful tool for getting quick feedback or snapshots of understanding in technology-limited classrooms.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free

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Sero!

Fresh approach to assessment through concept maps shows promise

Bottom line: This unique formative assessment platform's success will largely depend on teachers to keep content meaningful and relevant.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free to try, Paid 

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Slido

Increase student buy-in with interactive polls and Q&A sessions

Bottom line: Engaging classroom response platform offers teachers and students real-time feedback opportunities.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Socrative

Formative and summative assessment merge in snapshot polls and quizzes

Bottom line: Powerful and easy-to-use student-response system has the potential to support responsive teaching.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Gimkit

Group game-show fun and independent study in one engaging tool

Bottom line: This tool's unique spin on game shows could increase engagement, or offer classrooms burned out on other tools something new.

Grades: 4–12 Price: Free to try 

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Quizalize

Familiar game show-like quizzes with a few new features

Bottom line: Easy-to-set-up and mostly free way to assign quizzes and check for understanding with a handy but paid option for progress tracking.

Grades: 4–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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GoSoapBox

Audience response tool gives instant feedback despite dated design

Bottom line: It's an easy-to-learn, practical tool for online formative assessment and limited student interaction.

Grades: 6–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Poll Everywhere

Straightforward student-response tool engages kids with minimal setup

Bottom line: Quick setup and interactive features allow students to engage and teachers to receive and provide immediate feedback.

Grades: 6–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Discussion and Feedback

Mote

Attach, translate, and transcribe audio comments in G Suite

Bottom line: If you already use Google Workspace, this simple add-on can make it easier to send comments and feedback to students in the virtual space.

Grades: K–12 Price: Free to try 

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Floop

Collaborative feedback platform helps teachers target, students respond and revise

Bottom line: Time-saving tool allows teachers to gain valuable insights into student learning while providing more personalized feedback and scaffolded supports.

Grades: 3–12 Price: Free 

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Microsoft Teams

Collaborative LMS platform helps manage classes, groups, and projects

Bottom line: Educators will likely find that the wide variety of features Teams offers is worth the time it takes to learn how to use it.

Grades: 5–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Parlay

Comprehensive discussion platform develops critical-thinking skills

Bottom line: A great tool in any subject or topic for teachers looking to make discussion a central part of their classroom.

Grades: 5–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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Kaizena

Nifty add-on enables audio and text feedback in Google Docs

Bottom line: If your classroom relies a lot on Google Docs, this might just be the feedback tool you're looking for.

Grades: 6–12 Price: Free 

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Backchannel Chat

Real-time, moderated online discussions can engage and encourage

Bottom line: This tools offers a fun, simple, and safe way to hold real-time online discussions that might just increase engagement, interest, and even learning.

Grades: 6–12 Price: Free, Paid 

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YO Teach!

Backchannel tool offers interactive polls, drawing, messages, and more

Bottom line: Quick setup and multimodal features make this a great fit for a variety of carefully monitored classroom discussions.

Grades: 6–12 Price: Free

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Piazza

Advanced Q&A tool compels collaboration, higher-order thinking

Bottom line: Encourage collaborative, student-centered learning with this useful platform, but make sure it's the right fit for your students.

Grades: 10–12 Price: Free

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