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Understoodit: Formative Assessment Tool

sabinabharwani Posted by sabinabharwani in Teach For America Technology & Education Group on Feb 3, 2013 4:23:46 PM

Monica Burns is a NYC educator with a passion for using technology with her students.  Check out her website for technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards and more ways to become a tech-savvy teacher!


If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit. Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students.  As you speak, students press one of two buttons on a website unique to your class: “Confused” or “Understood” You’ll receive real-time data on how well your class understands your presentation.




At first I was hesitant to try Understooit with my fifth graders, since it seemed so perfect for university professors and high school teachers, but it worked great with my group.  I don’t normally teach by lecture so I had students first try it out while watching a BrainPop video.  This way it was easy for me to know when to pause and initiate a discussion when they were confused.  I’m gathering formative data and can alter my instruction by the minute!