Assessing FOR Learning Virtually
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Assessing FOR Learning Virtually

Identifying how we can best assess students AS and FOR learning is the first step. Next, we want to match how we will assess students with digital tools that will support our efforts in a virtual classroom. Often, these are tools that can support assessment in more traditional contexts as well.


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Canva “Online design made easy.”

Though Canva does promote paid features, many users find the libraries of free templates and design tools in Canva perfectly suited to their needs at no cost. The integrated help feature found by locating and selecting the   icon supports new and novice Canva users effectively. Instructors have successfully used Canva to develop a library of images to help cue students into the focus of a learning activity using consistent and clear imagery.

Think of Canva as a way to develop virtual classroom posters that mirror the utility of the wall posters we have incorporated into our classroom teaching.

Rubric Maker “Create custom assessments”

It takes time to create a quality rubric, but this is where the Rubric Maker can help. When you pull-down a component to add to your rubric, assessment criteria is populated for each level! The text is fully-editable so you can customize for the needs of your classroom. Free users are able to create, save, print, and export (pdf) rubrics.

Flipgrid “Empower every voice.”

Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform from Microsoft that helps educators see and hear from every student in class and foster fun and supportive social learning. In Flipgrid, educators post discussion prompts and students respond with short videos, whether they are learning in class or at home.

Google Jamboard “One smart display.”

Educators can engage all students in the learning process, whether working together in a traditional classroom, a group seminar setting, or through distance learning. The Jamboard app for Android and iOS makes it easy for students and educators to join in on the creativity from their phone, tablet, or Chromebook.

Microsoft OneNote “Rule school with OneNote’

Give every student a personal workspace, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space.

GoFormative “Real-time responses. Long-term growth.”

Give feedback and easily score or auto-grade student work. GoFormative allows you to look at student performance across every assignment or assessment your students complete in one view. Focus on one student for a parent conference or look at trends of a class to know what you may want to re-teach.

Mentimeter “Interact using real-time voting.”

Use live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As, and more to get real-time input – regardless if you’re remote, hybrid, or face-to-face.