Technology in Modern Literacy Assessment

Technology in literacy is engaging for students. Are you looking for ways to use technology to help monitor students? There are many tools that can be used to help.

Listening Comprehension: Technology in Literacy

Edpuzzle engages students and helps them self-monitor their listening. I like to use Edpuzzle to introduce concepts and genres. Edpuzzle has a video library organized by curriculum. You can decide to create your own video, upload a video you found on the internet, or use one of theirs.


Edpuzzle allows you to embed questions, notes, or add voice over to clarify the content of the video. While students watch a video, questions will pop up for students to answer. The video will pause while students fill out their response. Students can click the “rewatch” button to listen to the video clip again if needed. You can modify the settings so that students can’t skip any questions.

Edpuzzle also has a built in grade book. Multiple choice questions can be automatically graded. We love time-savers!

Reading Comprehension

Before reading, I have students preview text and make predictions. I usually incorporate this as my first question in a google form. On a google form you can have different responses such as multiple choice and short answer. If I choose multiple choice, sometimes I will set it up so if students pick the wrong answer they get a message to try again. I use this option when we are practicing something new.

Google Forms also provide you feedback on how the class is doing once students submit their responses. You will have access to graphs and pie charts. This feedback allows you to progress monitor your classes and/or reading groups. You can analyze the data and reteach as needed.

When you give a quiz, you can set up google forms to auto-grade for you which will save you time. Another bonus!

Reading and Listening Comprehension

Kahoot! is a great tool to use to check the students’ understanding of a text they read. Kahoot! is a games-based learning platform. You can create your own Kahoot! or you can search in the search bar for a skill or topic. You can edit how long the students have to answer the question, change the wording of the question, edit the answer choices and also insert an image.

Kahoot! also has reports. You can view how each student did as well as how the class performed. In addition, you can look for patterns such as which question did most students get incorrect. This formative data can be used to reteach and clarify confusions if needed.

Students performed better in Kahoot! B.

Peardeck is another tool that is very versatile. There are several templates to choose from or you can upload your own. During the lesson, you can track how students are doing. I like to use peardeck with vocabulary activities.

Mentimeter is another great way to engage students. I use this for immediate feedback on short surveys.

Regardless of the technology tool you choose, students will be engaged and you will have formative feedback. Now that is a win/win!

You may also be interested in Bitmoji Classroom made with these 5 Steps.

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