Assessment Tool Extraordinaire

When teachers use assessment, they are providing information to themselves that guides present and future instruction, and even makes possible more efficient teaching and more achievement in learning (Davis, 2015).  Implementing assessment strategies saves the work of guessing, of reading student body language or of the silence that follows the question, “Do you understand this?” and replaces it with accurate, helpful information.  Teachers understand this, and it has never been easier to accomplish these goals than it is now–with technology at hand (Davis, 2015).

A major player on the assessment stage is Google Forms, a free, versatile, easy-to-use suite of assessment tools that offers templates or allows for customization, provides various ways to test, analyze, and share information, all the while supporting the best learning strategies:  feedback, peer and self-assessment, collaboration, organization, reflection, planning, and communication (Mo, 2013).  

Besides an array of tools for quizzes, surveys, exams, training, feedback, and data collection, Google Forms provides for other school needs, including student management logs, documentation of professional development activities or student behaviors and teacher actions/responses, lesson planning, ePortfolios, and rubric creating, sharing, and scoring (Mo, 2013).  Google Forms “does not claim to be an all singing, all dancing assessment engine” (Bell, 2018), but reviewers on TradeRadius (2018) give it a strong score of 8.2 out of 10.  “It is an extremely versatile [tool] to help educators simplify and streamline class assessment” (Bell, 2018).

 

Bell, K. (2018).  4 ways to use Google keep for feedback and assessment.  EdTech Update.

April 8, 2018.  Retrieved June 5, 2018.  www.edtechupdate.com/classroom/google

 

Davis, V.  (2015). Fantastic, fast, formative assessment tools.  George Lucas Foundation.

January 15, 2015.  Retrieved: June 4, 2018.  www.edutopia.org/blog/5-fast-formative-

assessment-tools

 

Google Forms reviews.  (2018). TradeRadius. Retrieved June 5, 2018 from

www.traderadius.com/products/google-forms/reviews

 

Mo, M. (2013).  10 ways I use Google Forms in my tablet classroom.  Oxford University Press:

English Language Teaching Global Blog.  Dec. 11, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2018 from

oupeltglobalblog.com

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