Hey teachers using Spiral! Thanks for all your feedback and suggestions for improvements to our apps. We recently updated our Q&A app designed around quick formative assessment. You can now attach images to your questions and Students to annotate them.

About the Update

In canvas mode, you can add an image to your Q&A questions to add visual context. Students can then label the image, to show their understanding of the topic. In the video case study above we have used the example of a flower structure diagram that students can annotate; to be saved as revision material by the student and formative assessment by the teacher. This feature was made based on feedback, from our ever growing teacher community, and a demand for more flexibility with answer types in Quickfire.

If you’re interested in helping us improve Quickfire – just send us a message through the contact form on our app, or leave a comment in the space below this blog post. We always listen.

Why annotations are good for quick formative assessment

“The best formative assessment tools also help students self-reflect and assess, figuring out where they are and where they need to go as learners.” – Common Sense Education

As quoted by Common Sense Education (Great initiative – An independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology), self reflection and assessment is key to figuring out what they know and what they need to learn. As many teachers are discovering that a lot of their students are visual learners, the need for an interactive visual learning element in Spiral’s Quickfire became evident. It was feedback from teachers using Spiral about visual learners in their classroom that led us to build this feature.

About Quickfire

Spiral Quickfire is the fastest way to do formative assessment in your classroom. With Quickfire, you can find out how much your students really understand at the time you’re teaching.

If you wish to learn more about using EdTech for formative assessment, you can read our literature review from University College London, Institute of Education here, and Follow us at @spiraleducation for more updates and support!