Educators can make their instruction more effective and provide practice linked directly to progress monitoring and formative assessment results using a number of free digital tools. Teachers can also take advantage of time-saving features such as automatic grading and the computerized compilation of points awarded for correct answers so that test administration takes less time and there is more time teaching.

While many educators have used progress monitoring and formative assessment results to guide their instruction and provide related practice, they now can create their own adaptive assessment and practice loops, with a correct answer automatically leading to the next question, while a wrong answer takes students directly to a practice activity that helps them master the content or skill being assessed

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During a recent edWebinar, Kelli Etheredge, a director of teaching and learning resources in Mobile, AL, identified key benefits of formative assessment technologies presented by members of the Microsoft Education team. These benefits include being able to accommodate the needs of diverse learners by developing more personalized learning pathways, so that every student can reach a level of success.

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Creating quick quizzes linked to personalized practice

Jon Kay, a Microsoft senior program manager based in Beijing, China, explained how Microsoft Forms for Education can be used to develop quizzes and other assessments quickly and easily, while incorporating features that enable students to make continued progress, and also saving teachers time needed to evaluate and utilize assessment results.

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Robert Low has worked in educational publishing for more than 30 years. His experience ranges from editing and product management to online advertising and content development. He also works with edWeb.net to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars.


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