Formative an assessment tool where students can type, draw, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding. And yes, Formative is the site’s real name, but it’s easier to track online (Twitter, YouTube, Google) as GoFormative.

The best way to describe this site is probably next to try, but rather to let you watch the videos below to discover the features that make it a pretty complete all-in-one tool.

What differentiates this tool is that you can upload existing assignments from pdfs, Word, and Google Docs, and add interactive pieces to them. This is not to say that we should dig out those old mimeographed, purple ink math sheets and upload them and the declare we’ve created authentic assessments! What it does mean is that much of your existing best lessons and resources can find new life in a digital format.

Sample Applications for the Classroom:

  • Students can draw their understanding of the many ways that a square can be divided into one half.
  • Students can create their own Likert scales illustrating feelings about a concept.
  • Students can design original graphic organizers to grapple with new concepts which are somehow related.
  • Upload poems, short stories, and other literary forms to create short assessments. The question number takes up little space, but opens when clicked upon by the student.
  • Tie assessments easily to videos and other media from the Internet, without the hassle of students jumping from site to site.

Notes and Caveats:

  • This tool potentially has lots of bells and whistles, so start out slowly. Students will soon offer their own ideas for how this site can be used.


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ESL/ELL Teacher
March 7, 2020

This is a great method of checking students knowledge, doing a warm-up, a quiz or test for a unit. It has been a great resource as it connects with my google classroom and it can grade it for me. It provides a variety of layouts to set up various formative assessments. I love the options as an ESL teacher that this provides with graphics and audio. For students who know basic technology this is an easy application. However, I do have some who are new to technology and need a bit of help with navigating the program, but they need help with all technology.

Science Teacher
May 4, 2017

I use this as a way for students to have immediate feedback on their work. I upload a worksheet (typically involving calculations), and when students put their answer in it will stay red if it is wrong or turn green if it is right. The kids get lots of satisfaction out of it turning green! It is a way to force kids to keep working through a problem and rechecking their work until they get it correct. It is embeddable, so I just embed the worksheet with the questions into an assignment on our LMS.

eLearning Coordinator / Level 3 Classroom Teacher
March 24, 2016

Haven’t tried this out with my students, but I love it!!

I am especially impressed with the ‘draw your answer’, where you can set backgrounds and students can upload a picture.

You can even modify it to step ‘at risk’ and/or ‘disengaged’ students through the design process. Awesome tool.

January 20, 2016

Formative is an online assessment tool. It lets teachers create questions and distribute them to students on their devices. When students answer questions, teacher can see them in real time and comment/grade in real time. Assessments can include questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false and show your work), text blocks, images, YouTube videos and whiteboards that the teacher draws on. Teachers can add questions on top of existing PDFs and Word documents so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel Teachers can…

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