Formative is a great tool for creating all kinds of online activities from simple multiple choice quizzes to in-depth examinations for documents. One of the ways that I like to use it is to upload a document and then build questions into the document for students to answer while reading. In this new video I demonstrate using a PDF of a primary source document (a letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams) in Formative.
Applications for Education
Using Formative to add questions into a primary source document can be a good way to conduct some quick comprehension checks as students are reading. If you change the nature of the questions to something like, “what’s a tricky part of this passage?” or “what’s something you don’t understand about this passage” then Formative becomes a tool for gathering information about what parts of the document are difficult for your students.