TCEA Update: Delivering Formative Assessments via Mobile Phones
As mobile phone technology becomes ubiquitous in the classroom, more and more teachers are leveraging the technology to enhance learning.
For Clear Creek ISD teacher Suzanne Manzano, a natural next step to teaching with mobile technology is to use it in shaping instruction. “Formative assessment is for us as teachers to understand what our students are understanding and if we need to adjust instruction,” said Suzanne, who partnered with colleague Debbie Boehm in presenting “Easy Formative Assessment Utilizing Cell Phones” at the TCEA conference.
During their presentation, Suzanne and Debbie demonstrated and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of five online services. All of the services they presented have free basic plans. See the below highlights from their presentation.
Near the conclusion of the session, Suzanne used the words of one of her students to point to the common sense of this approach. Using Celly, she asked her class, “Do you think cell phones would help you stay engaged while you’re learning?” One student responded, “Yes, because more students would be excited to learn by using their phones.”
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