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You can upload PDFs, Word Docs, Google Docs, images, slides, and more - choose from your files or from Google Drive!
To start, click on the "+" icon, and choose "Enhance a PDF/Doc/Image/GoogleDoc" under "Upload Your Own Content."
Select "Upload Picture, Upload Document, or Pick from Google Drive," and choose the document you want to transform into a formative. You could even take a photograph using the "Take a Photo" option and then transform that!
To add questions, simply click anywhere on the PDF/Doc/Image/Google Doc where you would like your question to be. The questions will then appear on the right side where you can tag standards, set an answer key for auto-grading, and set the point value.
Questions can also be moved around. You have the ability to switch the order of questions within the "Enhance" question type or to move them out from the question type in order to be stand-alone questions on the general formative. You can also move a stand-alone question on the general formative into the "Enhance" question type.
Whiteboards are a great way to tap into your students' thinking. To use a whiteboard, click on the "Show Your Work" button wherever you see it on a formative.
Click on the image icon to add any image from your computer, Google Drive, or even your built-in camera! To add a photo from your phone's Photo Library, select "My Device."
You can easily change the size and shape of objects, images, and text; you can also rotate them with the "Select" tool.
When you use the eraser tool, you can quickly delete any item on the “Show Your Work” whiteboard by clicking and swiping over them. Be careful: only erase the parts you want to erase!
If you want more space to work, use the "Hand" tool to pan over to a blank space. Your teacher will still be able to see all of your work!
When you are done, click on the blue checkmark in the upper right corner of the whiteboard. Doing so will take you back to the main Formative screen. You will see a preview of all the work your teacher will see.
You can add video as a stand-alone content item and attach questions. Our Partner users can also attach questions at specific times in the video or add a video directly into any question!
You can add videos between other items on your formative. Click on the + icon in between questions or content you've already created, and select from the menu that appears.
*Note: The “Record Video” feature is not compatible with Safari on macOS.
If you are a member of a Partner School or District, you can add a video to any question or content block. You just have to click the blue "+" icon (found in any rich-text field). Then click "Video."
You will have the option to record using your camera, upload from your device, or record and upload a screencast. Check out the following animation to see how it works. Supported file types for video uploads are mp4, mov, webm, 3gpp, 3gpp2, flv, wmv, and mpeg.
You can even leave feedback for students with this feature! Just click the blue plus sign in the feedback chat box!
Partner users can create questions attached to specific times in a video. Students will see the questions pop up when the video reaches the selected time. Students are still able to control the video by playing, pausing, adjusting the time, and moving the video forward or backward.
Note: You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.
Students can also record video submissions when using the Free Response question type!
You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.
Yes! Students will see and be able to control the video in the same way during Teacher Paced Mode. Each student will be able to control the video on their own screen.
Not a problem! Simply click "Add item at 0:00," and you can add your questions. Students will be able to view them ahead of time by clicking the drop-down arrow next to each question in the right-side column.
Students can respond to your questions by recording themselves using audio and video! This is great for young learners and foreign-language classes. There is a 10-minute limit to recordings, so students will have plenty of time to share their thoughts!
Prompt/ask students to provide a verbal response or explanation!
Prompt/ask students to provide a visual response or explanation!
Score and give feedback to multiple student answers at the same time. This is useful if a particular question is giving multiple students trouble!
If you have a Partner account, you'll see an option to "Draw Feedback" on your students' Show Your Work responses. Click on this button to launch the full-screen canvas.
You can use any of the Show Your Work tools (draw, circle, create a square, draw a line, type, upload an image, use the Math Keyboard, select, erase, and back) to annotate your students' responses. When you click the checkmark, your annotations will be saved as an image that you can instantly send to your student as a feedback message!
Students can directly send feedback to partner teachers on a formative and respond to teacher feedback messages.
Have a little more fun with student feedback!
One of our features to help ensure secure assessment is the Copy / Paste Alert. This alert is designed to show whenever a student uses any copy-and-paste function -- this could include CTRL C/V keyboard short-cuts, or right-clicking the mouse to select copy/paste, etc..
If a student has used these functions, you will see an exclamation mark alert that reads, "This response includes copy & pasted parts."
At this time, Formative shows this alert as a way to make you aware that students used this function. The only question type that will actually show you what was copied and pasted is Short Answer. You can click on the small “i” icon in the alert to view what was copied and pasted into the student response. The alert will not appear if a student copies and pastes a part of their own response: only outside items.
Teacher discretion is required for this alert, so we never auto-grade these responses as incorrect.
It could be helpful to let your students know that you are aware when they use any copy/paste function but that this does not always indicate cheating.
We are thrilled to announce we are one of the first fifteen add-on apps through the new Google Classroom integration as mentioned in Google's recent Anywhere School Event!
Effortlessly access Formative’s power from your Google Classroom account! You will be able to create, edit, preview, and assign any Formative without needing to navigate back and forth between the two platforms.
This partnership will make it easier for educators and students to get real-time, actionable data. And don't worry: we'll be here to help you at every step of the way!
Wishing you a great summer!
The Formative Team
Assess prior knowledge with an initial, 1-to-5-question Do Now on the lesson’s central topic. At the end of class, build in an Exit Ticket to see what students have learned. You’ll have immediate insights into how students performed, allowing you to accordingly adjust your curriculum.
For school network-managed Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, and iPads, this browser is available as an optional add-on to a Partner Subscription to help keep assessments secure. It prevent students from opening any other apps, tabs, or windows. However, even with this browser-locking technology, it may still be possible for students outside the classroom to use other resources to help them with test questions; students might ask a sibling for assistance or use the internet on a second device.
Rubrics are powerful tools: they provide scoring guidelines for evaluating student work, and they offer clear teaching directives and criteria for students. You can customize them in your formatives! Add a rubric to an open-ended question type: Show Your Work, Video Response, Audio Response, Free Response, or File Response.
Embed something from another site so that your students don't need to open multiple tabs! You can also embed anything saved in Google Drive.
Note: you cannot simply copy the URL of a site and paste that into the "Embed" field. You must get an "embed code" from the website you wish to embed. Websites like Flipgrid or Edpuzzle provide embed codes (see the following for more details on those sites). Other sites do not provide an embed code, and you'll need to generate one using a site such as iFrame Generator (see the following for an example).
If you want to embed a Google Drive file, simply copy and paste the sharing link. Make sure that your students have permission to view; if students are working virtually, you'll need to set permissions to "Anyone with the link can view" in order for students to see the content in your formative.
Currently, you have two options for an embed: 1) a content item or 2) right within a question (this second feature is available for Partner members only).
You can also add content between other things on your formative. Click on the + icon in between questions or content you've already created, and then select from the menu that appears.
You can embed almost anything into a formative! If the site you want to embed doesn’t provide an embed code, then you can use a site like iFrame Generator to generate one. Copy the website URL, paste that URL into iFrame Generator, and click "Generate." iFrame Generator will produce a new embed code, which you can then paste into the embed field of your formative.
The embed code is editable; for example, you can edit the height and width so that the iFrame displays better on your student devices. To do this, edit the number in the embed code that appears before "px," after "height=," and after "width=." If you add an embed to an uploaded PDF/Doc/Google Doc/image file, the maximum width for the iFrame is 350px. You may have to edit the width to 350px in the embedded iframe to view the full site.
After creating a question, place your cursor over the following "Tag Standards" area, and tag your question to standards for student growth tracking! Use keywords in the dropdown menu to results with standards in their descriptions!
You can also tag a single question with multiple standards. Want us to add another standards set(s)? Please have the admin on your account reach out and let us know what standard sets(s) you would like us to add!
From your files or from Google Drive, you can upload PDFs, Word Docs, Google Docs, images, slides, and more!
To start, click on the "+" icon, and choose "Enhance a PDF/Doc/Image/GoogleDoc" under "Upload Your Own Content."
1. Select "Upload Picture, Upload Document, or Pick from Google Drive," and choose the document you want to transform into a formative. You could even take a photograph using the "Take a Photo" option and then transform that!
2. To add questions, click anywhere on the PDF/Doc/Image/Google Doc where you would like your question to be. The questions will appear on the right side where you can tag standards, set an answer key for auto-grading, and adjust the point value.
3. You can also move around questions. You have the ability to switch the order of questions within the "Enhance" question type or to move them out from the question type and make them standalone questions on the general formative. In a similar manner, you can also move a standalone question on the general formative into the "Enhance" question type.
To access the student growth tracker, click on the Tracker tab at the top of your dashboard.
When showing Formatives (at the top left), click on individual student names to view their overall score for each assignment.
Note: Students who have not yet taken a formative will have a blank score in the Tracker.
Select "Standards" to see how students performed against standards tagged in the assignments. To do so, click on "Standards," expand the standards to see them in detail (if you want), and click the student's name.
To calculate scores, we sum up all the points that answers received (=points earned). We then total all points available for those answers (the point value on the questions = points possible) and divide the former by the latter.
For example, let's say a student completes one formative with two questions. Question one is worth five points. Question two is worth ten points. The student gets two points on the first question and six points on the second. Their score for that formative is as follows: (2 + 6)/(5 + 10) = 8/15 = 53%.
When calculating multiple formatives, we consider all questions and basically treat them as if they were one big formative. For example, let's add a formative to our previous example. This formative has one question worth five points, and the student earned four points. This student's overall grade is now as follows: (2 + 6 + 4)/(5 + 10 + 5) = 12/20 = 60%
As a result, the system will weigh a formative or question with more available points more heavily in the overall score.
NOTE: If a student did not submit an assignment, unanswered questions do not count toward possible points. When students submit an assignment with an unanswered question, their work will count towards the total possible points, thus reducing the overall score. Read about how to force-submit a formative here.
If at a later time, a teacher adds a new question that students do not answer, the tracker will not count the points for that question in their score.
From the Tracker page, you can select the Export button located in the top right corner.
Once you select that button, a pop-up screen will appear for you to choose the content you’d like to export. You can export as a CSV/spreadsheet or as a Google Sheet. You can also export all rows or only the rows you have expanded.
When selecting Download as CSV/Spreadsheet, it will download directly to your computer.
If you select Google Sheets, the platform will direct you to choose the email associated with your account. You will then receive a prompt to your Google Sheets page.
Ensuring the integrity of your assessments is a must! Formative’s built-in tools allow educators multiple ways to check if students are submitting their own work.
🌟 Respondus LockDown Browser (for school network-managed Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, and iPads) is available as an optional add-on to a Partner Subscription. This browser helps keep assessments secure by preventing students from opening any other apps, tabs, or windows. However, even with this browser-locking technology, it may still be possible for students outside the classroom to use other resources on test questions, such as asking a sibling or using the internet on a second device.
🌟 Hide the formative after submission
Make sure you set the "After Submission" setting to "Make Hidden" so that students cannot click back into it and see the questions. You can also adjust the "Return Scores" to "Don't Show Scores" so that you can make any scoring adjustments needed. Later, you can return to the assign settings and update the settings to make the formative visible. Afterwards, you can return scores to students.
🌟 Make use of copy and paste alerts
Formative will place an exclamation-point alert on any response with copy-and-pasted material even if the student later deletes and re-types that material.
🌟 Check timestamps
Every opening, submission, and individual response in a formative carries a timestamp.
Use this function to confirm whether a student worked at a reasonable pace through a formative or if two or more students were working on a formative at the same time.
🌟 Enable notifications for post-submit edits by your students
The default-notifications setting on Formative sends teachers a notification when students make edits to formatives post-submission. If your assign settings allow students to access and edit after submitting, you will immediately get notified. If you prefer to not receive these notifications, you can disable them from your settings.
🌟 Assign different versions to groups
Duplicate your test, make small changes, and then use our restrict-to-individuals feature to assign each test version to a different group. If you give the formative the same title, students won't know that they're each taking different versions!
An alternative: assign the same version of the test, but use the "Display questions in random order" setting so that students answer questions in different orders.
You may want to have a scheduled re-test for any students whose scores were outside of expected ranges. Make a copy of the original test with small changes, and then assign it only to those individuals.
🌟 Schedule your formative and live-proctor it
Schedule your formative to open and close at specific times, and you can live-proctor your test! Student responses appear live in your View Responses screen; you can watch students as they work through questions in real time. For high-stakes assessments, you could even schedule a video call at the same time as the test.
🌟 Set a time limit
You can set a time limit on formatives to limit the time students have to answer! From the Classes menu or while assigning, easily accommodate students who need extra time.
Collaborating is a feature that allows you to do more than make and share formative copies with other teachers. As a Partner-school user, you can add collaborators to your formative! You can grant two levels of access to a collaborator.
If you or your collaborator make changes to a formative, edits will appear immediately on your collaborators' screens. If they have already assigned the formative to a class, then the changes may affect their data. (for example, if you delete or add answer-key options).
TThere are two ways to give collaborating permissions on a formative to others:
If you have a large amount of collaborators that you want to add, we recommend using the direct link! (See the following for instructions on both ways.
Return to the same "Share" menu, click "edit" next to the collaborator's name, and change the level of access by choosing from the dropdown menu. Remove the collaborator entirely by clicking on the "X" next to their name.
Any collaborator that has "Edit & Assign" level of access can share the direct link at the bottom of the "share" modal with other teachers from the organization.
Teachers on your team who receive the direct link will be automatically added to the formative as collaborators; they can assign the formative only to their students.
*Note: collaborating is a feature for our Partner teams and schools. Click here to find out more!
Publish any of your formatives to your team, school, or district's private library as a Common Assessment. When a colleague grabs this assessment from the library, they won't be able to edit the content in any way: they will only be able to assign it. You can be sure every class is taking the same version of the assessment.
Common Assessments will be labeled as such in your team, school, or district's private library. The library's filters allow searching for only Common Assessments as well. Anyone with access to the private library can grab a live copy of the common assessment and then assign it to their students.
Anyone with an Edit & Assign level of access to the common assessment can also send teachers within the organization a direct link to the common assessment. If teachers receive the direct link, they can assign the common assessment to their students.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the direct link in the "share" modal under the first tab.
Note: Anyone who grabs a Common Assessment from the private library is grabbing a LIVE copy: if the original author changes or updates the Common Assessment, those changes will reflect immediately on the screens of all users with a copy, including students currently taking the Common Assessment.
Single Sign-On (SSO) allows you to use your Google, Microsoft, or Clever profile to authenticate you when logging into Formative. If your school account is tied to one of these providers, we encourage you to use SSO for efficiency.
If you don't use one of those providers, you can create a password for your Formative login. Students and teachers can use either method.
With Formative you can sync rosters with your Student Information System (SIS).
Syncing rosters with your SIS is one way to set up all teacher and student accounts and to automatically place all students and teachers into their classes.
In order to set up a OneRoster connection, you will need an SIS or other software system component that allows access to rosters using OneRoster 1.1 API or CSV files. Aeries, ClassLink, PowerSchool Unified, and Infinite Campus are some examples of software that support OneRoster exports using the API integration method.
Some of our customers do not have any system that supports OneRoster. In this case, some have adopted ClassLink, which can be used to add OneRoster support to a variety of SIS systems (read more about that here). A few others have implemented a custom software solution on their end to generate OneRoster files and then upload them to an SFTP server.
Once you have identified a way to provide us with OneRoster data, you will have to consult its documentation (assuming it is not a custom solution) to determine how to set up a OneRoster export and provide us with the necessary information to access it.
For OneRoster API integrations, you are given a OneRoster Base URL, Consumer Key, and Consumer Secret.
Blackbaud users: your base URL is based on your Blackbaud access URL. If your Blackbaud domain name is yourschool.myschoolapp.com, then your Base URL will be https://yourschool.myschoolapp.com/ims/oneroster/v1p1
You can encrypt the consumer secret into a secure sharing URL using https://dead-drop.me. Send the Base URL, Consumer Key, and Consumer Secret to your implementation specialist.
Note: if you are using ClassLink, you can instruct members to share roster data with us instead of sending us the credentials. Check out this article for more details.
If your system does not support OneRoster API integration but exports CSV files that must be added to a ZIP file and uploaded to an SFTP site, please contact us to set up an SFTP account you can use to upload the file.
We only need these files for rostering from zipped CSV files:
You can optionally provide courses.csv.
In addition to the OneRoster access information, we will want to know which organizations (schools, districts, departments, etc.) you wish to import to help us validate the data we receive; this information also helps avoid importing the wrong users. We will want to know the NCES ID (or other government ID, if available) of each school and district, too, so we can avoid data duplication.
Since your organization will have some degree of control over the users that OneRoster imports, we restrict the imported users to a list of emails and email address domains that we can confirm you control. We will need to know all the email domains that your district owns to enable the import of those users via OneRoster. If you have a subset of users outside your controlled email domain (contractors, for example), we can also accommodate a small number of specific, individual email addresses.
After doing all of the above, be prepared to provide us with the following information if you haven't already done so:
District supervisors and directors can access the data to allow for collaboration and reflection with administrators and specialists. Once published, all are updatable at any time, and any changes will update scores and tracking for students.
Formative assessment is the true pulse of rich instruction. This phenomenal platform allows us to provide instant feedback to students while simultaneously adapting to an ever-changing virtual landscape.
It is probably one of the very best programs I have ever come across in education, and I’ve been here for 31 years...The customer support is outstanding!
Fingers crossed that SCEC admin will buy into the full subscription. What would life be without Formative in the classroom? Thank you for creating such an app. It is a teacher's online dream for assessments!