Sunday, 13 October 2013

zondle launches summative assessment!


zondle has had many requests to support summative assessment, formally assessing what your students know, and today we are happy to make that possible!



Now, when you set topics to your students, you can choose whether the students get to play the topic in games (for formative assessment) or whether it is for summative assessment. Setting it as summative assessment means that students only get to answer the questions in a non-game format, they only get one chance, and there’s no in-game prompting.


You could use this new functionality to assess students’ prior knowledge, before teaching a topic, or to assess what they have learned after you have taught something.


Key changes



Formative assessment
(play in games)
Summative assessment
Set to students
Y
Y
View results in the grade book
Y
Y
Choice of games
Y
N
Ability for students to view questions
Y
N
Ability for students to play more than once
Y
N
In game prompting
Y
N
Show the answer button
Y
N


For a step-by-step guide to using zondle summative assessments please see this video:

Finally, a word from our Head of Education, Wayne Holmes, comparing formative and summative assessments:


There has been much written about formative and summative assessment in recent years. Perhaps the most helpful analogy is by Paul Black: “Formative assessment is like the chef tasting the soup (and then adding to it to improve the flavour). Summative assessment is like the customer tasting the soup.”


At zondle we believe that our chef’s approach to tasting soup, formative assessment within fun gameplay, enhances the learning experience for children, helping them to consolidate their learning, and so we will continue to develop this as an essential part of the teaching and learning process.


But now being able to set topics for summative assessment allows you to review your student’s progress at the end of a body of work, or at the end of the term or school year, allowing you to feedback to parents, senior leadership and external bodies about students’ progress - without any marking!


As always, many thanks to our users for telling us exactly how they want this to work. We hope that you find zondle summative assessments useful - but please don’t hesitate to tell us how we can improve it!




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