Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools

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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.


  • Dotstorming – Simple free tool. Start with a question, add some options and share URL. Students can each add more options and then vote for their favorites. Try this one that I set up for our workshop: Cool Tools dotstorm And a very cool feature, populate your options from a Pinterest board!
  • Spiral –  Currently includes 3 types of student activities: Quickfire for quick questions and answers, Discuss for interactive presentations, and Team Up for group work.
  • Vizia – Import a video from YouTube or Wistia. At any point in the video, easily insert polls and questions to check for understanding.. Students play the video, it stops where you’ve inserted a question. Students need to answer or skip questions to proceed. Results can be added to a Google sheet, along with student name.
  • EdPuzzle -Similar to Vizia. Add a video and add quesions, quizzes and polls at specified points.
  • Kahoot – “Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free! “
  • Quizziz – Somewhat similar to Kahoot with some different options. Both are great for quiz like games in class. Short video from Tony Vincent demo-ing how it works.
  • Formative – Add content for students to review, then create assessment questions for them to answer. Create class groups to simplify administration.
  • Padlet – Formerly known as Wall Wisher, handy and easy to use noteboard. Free.
  • 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. Teacher accounts have more features for $5/month.
  • SeeSaw – free iOS app lets students upload digital work and photos of physical work. Teacher can provide feedback, parents have access.
  • 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. Google Forms now has a self grading feature.
  • RemindChat – Safe and simple one-on-chat messaging with students and parents. From the folks at Remind (formerly Remind 101)
  • PearDeck – adds interaction and feedback options to slide deck presentations. Free option and discounted educator pricing.
  • Flipgrid – Terrific tool for recording short video responses to questions. Free 21 day trial, $65/year after that.



  • Explore several of the response tools listed above, in the articles cited or any other assessment/feedback 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 worked out.
    • How you might use these tools in your school setting.
    • Any other tips and ideas that you want to share.


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL for the post.
  • Return to the lesson page on the CanvasLMS site.
  • Use the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button in the CanvasLMS page and paste in your URL.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Canavas LMS system.


10 thoughts on “Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools

  1. 18. Jeopardy Rocks

    Educators who are fans of using games to facilitate learning will
    appreciate Jeopardy Rocks. This free, easy-to-use tool allows users to
    create and save their own Jeopardy game questions to use in the classroom.
    Users can then facilitate their Jeopardy games by projecting the game board
    onto a screen, wall, or other surface. Facilitators can reveal new
    questions by clicking on each square and adjust scores simply by indicating
    whether a team answered correctly or incorrectly. Facilitators may choose
    to adjust the number of players (or teams) to accommodate different class
    sizes. Users will need to sign up for a free account to create and save
    games. [MMB] (The Scout Report — Volume 22, Number 27)

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