Sharing Formative With Others? Here's 7 tips!

Formative has evolved over the past two years, but the key ingredients for effectively sharing it with others have stayed the same! After asking hundreds of our educators, we've gathered 7 presentation tips that are sure to get your audience excited to used it.

Disclaimer: They may actually jump out of their seats with joy, screaming "GoooooFormative". Don't worry, it's a good thing!

Disclaimer: They may actually jump out of their seats with joy, screaming "GoooooFormative". Don't worry, it's a good thing!

1. Let them take a formative

One way to quickly show teachers the power of Formative is to let them pretend to be students and take a formative. When they see their own live responses appear on the screen, an audible "a-ha" moment happens; teachers realize they can tap into student thinking and immediately give them what they need so they can learn more! Click here to get a copy of the demo formative we've made! It's quick, fun, and has a variety of questions!

 

Here's one of the questions from our demo formative!

 

2. Share practical reasons for using Formative

Giving your audience the chance to take a formative is a great way to get them thinking of all the ways they can use the live responses they collect. And in addition, it's a good idea to share your top reasons for using it and even show examples. Here's a couple reasons many teachers use Formative:

-Decide what to teach next based on trends

-Group students based on performance and strategies

-Give instant written feedback that furthers student learning

-Set an answer key, let Formative take care of the grading, and give scores back instantly!

-Generate rich class discussions based on student work (exemplars, strategies, misconceptions)

 

3. Give teachers time to explore and build their own formative

We've found that teachers appreciate ample time to explore features, and build a formative they can use with their actual students. During this time, teachers can also ask you questions about using Formative in their own classrooms and also send us a message over site! Here's a video which shows how to use Formative in less than 5 minutes!

 

4. Show teachers our community-driven library of formatives

This modest but mighty Google spreadsheet has well over 1000 formatives for teachers to choose from by subject, grade level, and standards/skills. The formatives are organized in descending order by grade level and you can use the find hotkey on your PC (crtl and f) or Mac (command and f) to search a section by keyword!

As you can see, our library has formatives for many subjects! Don't see one? Let us know!

As you can see, our library has formatives for many subjects! Don't see one? Let us know!

5. Give teachers access to the resources they need to move forward

We've got a ton of how-to resources for teachers to dig into on top of messaging us over the site!

-User guide (very concise)

-Video Library (organized into sensible sections)

-Wall of Gifs (no reading necessary)

-Forum (inviting, growing knowledge base of tips and ideas from our teachers)

6. Become a Formative Educator

Apply to be a Formative Educator and you'll receive exclusive access to our new version, updates on our game plan, invites to our internal team meetings, and even future opportunities to present! All in all, it's a great way to form a deeper connection with our team, stay on top of the latest, and share inside info with your audiences! Plus, did we mention you get a digital badge?

7. Follow up to see how it's going

Even after an awesome presentation, teachers might still have questions about using Formative for the first time with their actual students or feedback on their initial experience. We encourage you to check in with them and always feel free to bring us in on the conversation too! We love to help and learn from teachers actually using Formative!

You can message us over the site by clicking on our Intercom! 

You can message us over the site by clicking on our Intercom! 

Here's our PD (presentation) pack which has materials which align with these tips! Got more? Tweet to us or message us over the site! We'd love to share them!