Designing formative assessments using Kahoot
By the end of this module you should be able to:
- Navigate the Kahoot platform
- Design a Kahoot formative assessment
Kahoot for Formative Assessment
In the last lesson, you participated in a formative assessment Kahoot to gauge your preliminary understanding of what formative assessment is and how it can be used.
Kahoot is an excellent platform for formative assessment for a variety of reasons.
1. It's engaging
Kahoot labels itself as a "game-based digital learning platform," but the main takeaway of many students is GAME. The bright eye-catching colors, catchy music, and fast-paced nature of Kahoot make it appealing to all learners.
2. It is low or no-stakes Kahoot requires players to enter a "nickname" or temporary username for each quiz. The anonymity ensures that players feel comfortable participating without fear of failure or judgment from peers. "Low-stakes" is a term typically used to describe formative assessment because the results have little or no impact on student grades. Despite the fact that Kahoots are low stakes, the competitive nature is often sufficient enough to ensure maximal student effort. Remember, formative assessment is FOR learning!
3. It is
What is Formative Assessment?
Before we can evaluate formative assessment methods we first need a clear idea of what formative assessment is. Let's explore a few definitions:
"Practice in a classroom is formative to the extent that evidence about student achievement is elicited, interpreted, and used by teachers, learners, or their peers, to make decisions about the next steps in instruction that are likely to be better, or better founded, than the decisions they would have taken in the absence of the evidence that was elicited." (Black and William, 2009)
"At the center of all this research is one underlying idea: Formative assessment is a constantly occurring process, a verb, a series of events in action, not a single tool or a static noun. In order for formative assessment to have an impact on instruction and student learning, teachers must be involved every step of the way and have the flexibility to make decisions throughout the assessment process." (NTCE, 2017)
"Formative assessment is a process that uses informal assessment strategies to gather information on student learning. Teachers determine what students are understanding and what they still need to learn to master a goal or outcome. Strategies used to gather formative assessment information take place during regular class instruction as formative assessment and instruction are closely linked. Most formative assessment strategies are quick and easy to use and fit seamlessly into the instruction process." (Reiger, 2012).
Essentially, formative assessment is a way for teachers to evaluate individual student achievement "on the fly" and use this data to support students in their learning and improve future lessons.
1. Choose two examples of formative assessment strategies from Natalie Regier's Book on formative assessment.
Create a pros/cons list for each of the strategies. Keep in mind your particular class(es), there are no right or wrong answers!
2. In this assignment, you will self-assess your knowledge of formative assessments so far. You will use the Kahoot online platform to do so. Follow these steps to access and participate in the Kahoot!
- In any browser, open the following link to the Kahoot titled "Lesson 1: What is Formative Assessment?
- Click PLAY and then START NOW, followed by CLASSIC
- Using a phone or other tablet device, visit Kahoot.It and enter the PIN number generated
- Click start and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Your results will be used to improve this course in the future!
Black, P., & Wiliam, D. (2009). Developing the Theory of Formative Assessment. Educational Assessment, Evaluation And Accountability, 21(1), 5-31.
Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction. (2017). Ncte.org. http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/formative-assessment
Regier, N. (2012). Book two: 60 formative assessment strategies. Regier Educational Resources. Retrieved June, 4, 2014.