Digital Formative Assessments

key feedback for teachers and students


The digital formative assessments that are discussed here are free! They all have "pro" or "premium" options, which unlock additional features for the user; however, the free versions are fully functional and worth the time investment to implement them in your classroom.  

Rationale & Benefits

Often our usual formative assessments (exit tickets, thumbs up/thumbs down, post-it notes, short quizzes, etc.) leave us without knowing where every child stands with the lesson OR we have have to carefully scan whatever feedback we have collected to know if what we taught was actually learned.  What if you could use technology to gain instant feedback from every student in the class?  

Current Uses

Teachers are using Socrative for quizzes, tests and finals as a an alternative to scoring tests or using Scantrons.  Socrative's settings allow for users to receive a different order of problems to avoid students cheating.  Some teachers use Socrative in the teacher-paced option as a review before a test.  Teachers implement Pear Deck into their lessons to provide students with a more engaging way to participate in the lesson.  Teachers can input polls or any style of question to gauge understanding or allow students to give feedback.  The data recorded by Peardeck allows teachers to guide instruction of future lessons. Similar to Peardeck's purpose, EdPuzzle allows students to watch a short video clip and evaluates understanding of the content through inputting any style of question throughout the video.  Lastly, ClassKick allows students to complete an assignment and receive periodic feedback through their teacher, which may be a badge, typed comment or a drawn figure on a tablet. ClassKick also enables students to request assistance from their peers for a peer-mentor opportunity.  

Potential Future Uses

Potential future uses could include online quizzes through Socrative that students could complete at home and receive immediate feedback.  If students are engaged with PearDeck or EDPuzzle, they could be able to write a chat message to the teacher at any time during the lesson with a specific question. ClassKick could allow the teacher after a certain period of time to share a correct solution to a math problem or a correct answer choice to the whole class or specific students.   Digital formative assessments allow teachers access to instant feedback on student thinking and learning.  It also enables differentiation as specific sessions could be created for sets of students within Socrative, EDPuzzle and ClassKick.


  • Teachers can create single-question activities: multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer questions for instant polling or quizzing.
  • Teachers can access ready-made or launch teacher-created quiz-based activities or create their own quizzes.
  • Reports are available for student performance that can be downloaded into Google Drive.
  • Students access quiz by typing in the name of the teacher's "room number."

Pear Deck

  • Pear Deck comes first, as it is really an interactive presentation system, not solely a response system.
  • Teachers can deliver a few slides of material and then ask students to respond to a question.
  • Teachers can create slides that are: plain text, free response, multiple choice, draggable dot and drawable.
  • Students log in through Google account and are guided by teacher through presentation.
  • Students can see others’ responses, but all responses are anonymous in the “presentation” and “student” view.
  • Teachers can view the “teacher” view on their mobile devices and see how students answered each question.


  • EDpuzzle is a site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.
  • Teachers can also track, monitor, and grade student progress through their educational portal.
  • Students must make an account through google account and add themselves to a class with a unique code.


  • Teachers provide the feedback. Classkick makes it faster.
  • Because the teacher is providing feedback in Classkick, students aren’t limited to the kind of work that is easiest for a computer to assess.
  • Classkick, teachers can give students freeform written feedback and can also set up written feedback templates for the remarks that show up most often.
  • Peer feedback. Students can ask questions and request help from their peers.
  • Students access Classkick through a unique class code--no log ins needed.

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