Honestly, I am not an avid user of technology in the classroom. Though I fully understand the fact that currently we live in a more networked world where the Internet has become an essential tool for human communication and education. Thus, there is an urgent need to evolve our learners` competency to work creatively and innovatively. The use of technology can be precisely a means to respond to these demands of the society and meet the needs of the 21st century learners.
Hence, today while searching for online tools that can facilitate teaching and learning I have found hundreds if not thousands of such tools. But the instrument, which drew my attention straightaway, was the real-time assessment tool simply known as Formative.
This tool provides teachers and students with an online assessment outside the classroom. The Formative is the most recent online application that combines online quiz and instant feedback service concurrently. It operates on any gadget, which has the Internet connection.
This software allows educators to create online classrooms, that is, students sign up for the Formative application followed by enrolling in the assigned class. As soon as an online classroom is built up, a teacher can assign assignments to students prepared by him. The types of assignments could range from simple quizzes, for instance, short answer, multiple choice questions to complex ones as true/false or open-ended questions. Besides, teachers can provide their learners with immediate feedback.
One of the peculiarities of this tool is its “Live results”, in other words, a teacher has an opportunity to track, watch and observe the students` answers in real time. The system enables teachers to watch and observe students` answers and how they work online and intervene at the right moment to give feedback or direct students to the right path as needed if they wish. Furthermore, intervening online into every learner`s work helps educators reduce the disparity between low and high achievers in the classroom.
In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, there is an innovative element of Formative program called “Show your work” that makes it distinctive from other online tools. It permits learners not only type their answers but draw or upload images to the questions on a blank page of the screen. This feature is especially perfect for math learners since math tasks are not answered simply by standard keyboard as they usually contain various formulae and math figures.
Moreover, with the help of this program not only teacher could save his time but get red of the piles of unnecessary paper to check and provide feedback. As for the challenges of implementing this application I cannot share with them yet since I have just come across this tool today. However, the Internet access can be the main hindrance owing to the fact that not all learners could have an access at all to effectively employ this software at home.
Formative (January 21, 2015). About Formative [Video File]. Retrieved October 11, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cu8F6gMshg