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FaSMEd used a design-based research approach to develop technology-enhanced formative assessment tools. This included designing classroom activities, working with teachers, implementing different technologies and adaptions of tasks in classrooms and re-designing lessons based on these experiences.

In this section of the toolkit, you will find a selection of tools for either Mathematics or Science designed by the FaSMEd partners for you to use in your classroom. All tools can be downloaded and most consist of:

  • a teacher guide that describes the classroom activities, gives insight in the mathematical or scientific content and highlights aspects of formative assessment as well as the technology used;
  • classroom materials such as student handouts, worksheets, questions, digital worksheets or learning environments that are needed.

We encourage you, as a teacher, to adapt the FaSMEd tools based on your context, your students’ needs and the technologies that you have available.

To give you an example of how different adaptations to one classroom activity could look like based on different contexts, each FaSMEd partner has altered the “Interpreting Distance-Time Graphs” formative assessment lesson designed by the Mathematics Assessment Project. Therefore, each of the tools on the Time-Distance Graphs page describes a way of teaching this lesson with a variety of technologies, adapted contexts, a different focus, or addressed to other age groups.

Formative assessment in Science and
Mathematics Education (FaSMEd)
The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching
Newcastle University