Formative assessments are necessary to evaluate student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a specific lesson or unit.  There are many different approaches to gathering the information needed to guide teacher instruction. Some commonly used online resources for formative assessments include Pear Deck, Quizziz, Kahoot, Nearpod, and Quizlet Live. We’re going to delve a little deeper into some additional online resources that are available free of charge.

Actively Learn

This is a great tool for English, Science and Social Studies, but it can be used for all subjects across the board. Actively Learn is great for teacher and student collaboration, as students can ask questions and teachers can respond in real-time. It’s also great for student annotation and research abilities. A key feature is the ability to tie in standards and measure proficiency.

Go Formative

This is another resource that provides immediate feedback with real-time data. It allows audio responses, multiple-question types, and even has an online whiteboard so students can show their work. This does offer single-sign-on capability, and teachers can upload documents and align questions to those documents. This is great to use for warm-ups, benchmarks, exit tickets, and classwork.

Flip Grid

Students can work together in this tool, and information is easily shared with the class. This can be great for audio and video presentations. You can embed music and pictures, and create gallery walks.


This is another tool that works with real-time data. No computer login is necessary, making this great for classrooms with limited access to technology. This allows you to track student data and can be especially great for pre- and post-assessments.

Are we missing one of your favorite tools? If so, let us know in the comments section below!