Formative Assessment Tools and Apps

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

Ongoing assessment is necessary for student success. These assessments provide data on our learners’ progress and knowledge of the content. There are many different types of digital assessment tools and apps that allow teachers to quickly see what their students understand in a variety of ways through exit and entrance tickets, quizzes, student response systems, peer feedback, self-evaluation, graphic organizers, polls, and games. Below is a list of free web tools and apps to quickly assess your students on a regular basis. The following tools will help save you time because they also will grade the assessments for you!

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Formative Assessment Tools and Apps

  • Nearpod , Socrative, Answer Pad, and GoFormative provide various assessment options from quizzes to draw responses to class polls. Students can access these platforms on any device with a code or teachers can set up a classroom with a login.
  • Students truly enjoy the fun quizzes you can create with Kahoot (any device) and Quizizz. You can add images, sound effects, memes and copy and edit hundreds of quizzes already made! Students race against each other to choose the correct answers and can create quizzes for their friends.
  • TinyTap is a free iOS app to create engaging quizzes, games, and interactive presentations. You can discover hundreds of quizzes already created by students even for toddlers!
  • You can also create quizzes with Google Forms. Create video quizzes, multiple choice or short answer questions. Check out this post by Eric Curts with 24 Tips for Google Quizzes!
  • If you don’t have a set of clickers, then try Plickers for formative assessment. Teachers put this app on their devices to scan paper bars students hold up to answer questions.


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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