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The forces of technology and formative assessment combined! Formative assessment is a must for educators, but it can be difficult to juggle with all the demands on a busy teacher’s to-do list. #FormativeTech shows how technology tools can energize teacher practice by providing easy ways to implement formative assessment every day. In #FormativeTech, you’ll find: • Practical tips to use #FormativeTech with the whole class, small groups, and individual students • Ideas for assessing project-based and inquiry-based approaches • How to evaluate data and communicate results with families In this book you’ll find tips to make formative assessment meaningful, sustainable, and scalable. “This book is an ideal read for educators looking to grow more agile in their use of data to individualize and personalize instruction.” Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of Innovative Learning “#FormativeTech is approachable and full of ‘use it on Monday’ ideas. I can’t wait to share this with my colleagues!” Jennie Magiera, Educator Author, Courageous Edventures

Formative Assessment 101
Formative Assessment 101

The basic goal of formative assessment is straightforward: figure out what students understand and where misconceptions or gaps in understanding exist, so you can plan instruction and interventions to help students master learning objectives. In his book Transformative Assessment, W. James Popham (2008) provides the following definition for formative assessment: “Testing students in the midst of an ongoing instructional sequence and then using the test results to improve instruction” (p. 3). The implementation of data collection and use of data to guide instruction is definitely easier said than done. It requires planning, an understanding of student needs, and pedagogical knowledge of the best interventions for students who struggle, as well as extensions for students who excel.

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