I currently use many different tools to gauge student understanding. I find that both Socrative and Infuse Learning are easy ways to get instant feedback using any device. I believe that blog comments & posts - on Weebly (or any other platform), and the use of Edmodo has been extremely useful. I also use something similar to Bubbl.us called Spiderscribe which is another mind mapping tool with other really useful features too!
However, I am going to focus on something relatively new that I use for formative - and summative -assessments, Google Drive... Within the one 'program' you can collaborate on documents and presentations and it is extremely easy to create surveys with a variety of question prompts including images. It is easy to see and comment on the students work at any time synchronously or asynchronously using the comments tab at the top right, you can share the document with colleagues, parents, students and even better you can link it to another tool that I have just started experimenting with called http://121writing.com/ which connects with Google Drive allowing you to give verbal feedback too. Very exciting!
A specific example would be to get students to present their work on a Google Document (or upload it from Word) and, as the teacher or a peer editor, insert comments about their work and suggestions for improvements and students can apply these changes. You could also add general comments and suggestions too using the comment button on the top right. You could also give specific verbal feedback while highlighting their work by connecting 121writing with your Google Drive. Once the assignment is completed, you could then ask them to reflect on the process and the product using a simple Google form; asking the students to 'check-in' with their understanding of the subject. I believe this would cover all parts of Tuttle's Stages of Formative Assessment.
I am really looking forward to trying Vialogues too - thanks for the suggestion Mick!
2. Online vs. face to face Venn Diagram
3. Collaborative Presentation of Web2.0 Tools
4. Designing an online discussion
5. Establishing an Accessible Social Presence
6. Designing a comprehensive Assessment Plan
7. Online Course Syllabus
8. Reflection: iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Hello, I am Tony Potts, the Director of Digital Learning, PK-12 ICT Coordinator, ICT teacher and technology integration specialist at GEMS World Academy, Dubai. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions...