Re-imagining Formative Assessment with Digital Tools

Educators are always looking for innovative ways to gather feedback from their students. A quick internet search will turn up a multitude of ways of checking in with our learners - from quizzes and hands-up games, to traffic lighting and post-it notes. Formative Assessment is often thought of as an ambiguous term, but put simply, it is a mode of assessment that encourages teachers to engage with students, observe and assess them on a continuous basis. Arguably, it's most important function for teachers is that it challenges us to continually check in with students not merely to determine how well they are performing, but to provide information that enables us, as educators, to make adjustments to our lesson, inform our practice and to adapt our teaching strategies in response to feedback from the students.

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