For most educators, the Common Core State Standards mean next-generation assessments. Fortunately there are a variety of mobile assessment tools that can be used to engage students and provide enhanced feedback before, during, and after a daily lesson or semester-long unit.
Here are 10 top-rated mobile assessment apps that are being used to help teachers fulfill the all-important role of observing and assessing their students in a way that is authentic, informative, and engaging.
The Nearpod platform enables teachers to manage content on students’ devices. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
GoClass allows teachers to create lessons and share them with their students, then track how students are using the lessons. To check for student understanding, the teacher can post a question or poll and get immediate feedback.
Socrative engages the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Teachers can interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment and review the reports to prepare for future classes.
Teachers can use Edmodo to create and assign quizzes, have students upload files to electronic portfolios, or conduct class discussions for formative assessment. This classroom-management app makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information.
Class Dojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms by capturing and generating data on behavior and creating behavior incentives with students. Data can be shared with parents and administrators.
Lino is a virtual corkboard of sticky-notes so students can provide questions or comments on their learning. These can be used like exit tickets or during the course of a lesson for formative assessment.
- Poll Everywhere
Teachers can create a feedback poll or ask formative assessment questions. Students respond in various ways, using mobile devices, and teachers see the results in real-time.
- Google Forms
Teachers can use Google Forms to create their own survey-style data-entry forms. Results from the assessment can be viewed as a graph or easily exported in different formats, including PDF, Excel spreadsheet, and Word document.
Kidblog is a student-friendly blog site with features that are easy to learn. Teachers can monitor blog activity and view a digital anthology of student work to easily assess progress through the year.
Evernote is a useful app for gathering anecdotal evidence for assessment. Teachers can make notes, take photos, and record audio of the work that students are doing. Notes can be tagged and easily share with colleagues.
Also worth sharing, here’s a blog post I came across recently, Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think. A teacher shares his experience with mobile assessment and shares some of his favorite assessment tools.