Clickers can give great insight in how a child is grasping at the content in the here and now, as well as build student confidence by learning from their mistakes quickly. Excellent for formative assessment in a fun unique way!
Before deciding on what technology tools you should use to help with formative assessment, it is important to understand what good formative assessment looks like. This article goes in depth on the topic, and the chart at the end helps to visualize what good formative assessment looks like and what formative assessment is not.
This unit plan demonstrates how high school students created a community around their online portfolio, responding to each others works in the comments on their blog, and includes resources the teacher used to get started on developing the website and cataloging their work. I love the idea of having students share their thoughts on each others work in a online setting!
A teacher gives her perspective on implementing a fast internet based tool for formative assessment during a math lesson. More resources are listed for other fun ways to add formative assessment on a computer or iPad during your lesson.
My ultimate favorite summative assessment, portfolios, share such insight into the growth of a student over time. Doing this digitally allows parents to see their child's progress without waiting for back to school night, and now your arms can be free from lugging papers home to grade!
Assessments can take many forms and be used for many reasons, but when done right, they can be so data rich that assessing can be done less frequently. This article has great resources at the end for using technology for assessing as well.