There are tons of tools available for gathering feedback from students, colleagues and other groups. Whether you need an anonymous brainstorming tool (eg: AnswerGarden) or a detailed survey form with lots of options (eg: Google Forms) there’s likely a free or relatively cheap option available. This week’s lesson includes a variety of tools that can be used for brainstorming, exit tickets, data collection, assessments, feedback and more. The Tools to Explore section includes some of the most popular tools with links to examples and ideas. The More to Explore section includes links to lists of additional tools and articles about feedback tools.
TOOLS TO EXPLORE
- Flipgrid – Terrific tool for recording short video responses to questions. Free 21 day trial, $65/year after that.
- Padlet – Formerly known as Wall Wisher, handy and easy to use noteboard. Free.
- Introduce Yourself – if you didn’t use the CoolTools padlet to introduce yourself at the beginning of the workshop, do it now!
- Primary Wall – Like Padlet, a simple to use feedback tool. Login to create free boards that include a security password.
- Sample wall for CoolTools
(password is cooltools)(pw option wasn’t working)
- Sample wall for CoolTools
- TodaysMeet – Simple and free twitter like backchannel discussion tool. Teacher sets up a free room, students just need to know the URL. No logins required, just type in your comment and it appears.
- SeeSaw – free iOS app lets students upload digital work and photos of physical work. Teacher can provide feedback, parents have access.
- Seesaw, The Learning Journal – blog post by Joyce Valenza
- Plickers – iOS app to gather feedback from students in the classroom. You have the app on your device, students each have a large printed card with a QRCode on it. Each card can be used to select the answer A, B, C or D to your multiple choice question. Students hold up their card, you scan the room and app gathers answers. Might be gimmicky (?), but reviewers say it’s engaging and fun.
- AnswerGarden – Free tool for web and iPad. Pose a question, respondents answer anonymously and a word cloud is created.
- Google Forms – Great for creating feedback forms and quizzes. Input is saved in a Google Drive spreadsheet.
- RemindChat – Safe and simple one-on-chat messaging with students and parents. From the folks at Remind (formerly Remind 101)
MORE TO EXPLORE
- Reviews of Assessment Tools from Commonsense Graphite.
- Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing
- 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools
- Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments
- Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips
- 13 Tools Teachers Would Love For Formative Assessments
- 5 Free Digital Tools for Exit Tickets
- Web Tools for Teachers: Assessment
- Explore several of the response tools listed above, in the articles cited or other tools that you’re interested in testing out.
- Points to cover in your blog post:
- Share why you chose the tools you did and how your testing worked out.
- If you tried something out with a student or other group, tell us how things went’
- How you might use these tools in your school setting.
- Any other tips and ideas that you want to share.
LOG YOUR LESSON: Don’t forget to log your blog post when you’re done! When you finish this lesson by fill out the log form. You’ll need the URL of your first blog post to complete the form.