Objective — Many innovative apps are available that can help you give formative assessments easily with minimal prep work while also enabling students to share their answers with you privately.  Learn to use some of the best of these tools, including Kahoot, Socrative and others.


"Loved this session, especially because it applied to all grade levels.  Also appreciated Ryan's perspective as a student, and how he sees the apps he shared are most effectively utilized."

"Ryan, you are very knowledgable and I appreciated all you had to share. Thank you for your time."

Previously taught as:
iTech21 2016 session
iTech21 2015 session



Great for competitive review games
Works on any device with a web browser
Teachers log in here; students log in here
Write your own questions in advance or copy & edit others'
Team mode available (for non-one-to-one settings?)



Excellent for impromptu formatives during lecture — zero preparation!
Students and teachers use respective login links here
Separate iOS apps available for teachers and for students (available in App Catalogue)
'Space Race' game video — but I recommend Kahoot instead
Exit ticket: name, rate understanding, summarize learning, custom teacher question
Reports video
Find wealth of shared quizzes in 'SOC' code spreadsheet


Google Forms

Access via Google Drive
New quiz feature — deprecates Flubaroo & other add-ons
Update to image embedding feature — math teachers use Daum Equation Editor
Form Notifications add-on for receiving email notifications upon response submissions
Form Publisher add-on for generating documents from responses (walkthrough)
g(Math) for Forms add-on for mathematical typesetting, graphing, etc.


…and some super-duper bonus tools, if time permits:


Excellent for flipped classrooms
Access TED-Ed here
Create video lessons or customize existing lessons around YouTube videos, TED talks or TED-Ed-produced videos
Make your own videos using Explain Everything, iMovie or other video editor then post to YouTube
…then review students' engagement
Distributing lessons to students — I recommend Google Classroom (notes)
Students must create TED-Ed accounts


Simple chat rooms — excellent for fostering backchannel discussion
Great for when discussion enhances learning but oral conversation would distract (e.g. questions during videos, clarifications during lecture among students)
Create a room here; students visit link that appears after room is created

Google Slides Q&A feature

Example usage

Google Classroom question feature

Walkthrough notes