Formative Assessment Tool Number Two: Scrible (yes this is the correct spelling)

Scrible is an online annotation tool that benefits students by helping them annotate webpages and quickly file multiple types of sources into one simple, smooth, and user-friendly layout; however, this tool also benefits teachers. Through the site, teachers can share annotated webpages with their students and/or have students periodically share their own annotations with the teacher. Thus, Scrible can be utilized as a formative assessment for educators. As a future history teacher who values research and research papers, I will definitely use this tool to check my students’ level of understanding related to annotating and interpreting academic and other sources.

Below I have embedded Scrible’s website. Once on the video, click “see video” in the “edu” section to view a short clip that highlights the online tool’s main features.


What follows is my first example of Scrible’s assessment potential. First off, I had to have a class on my Scrible account so I could share annotated or original documents with my students in our class “library” and receive immediate feedback from them as they shared their own annotations through the tool. As shown below, Scrible works very well with google, offering teachers the ability to integrate both Google Classroom and Google Docs with Scrible. I could have transferred any Google classroom class to the website, but I chose to simply create a new class. Then, I was given a code that I could share with my students so they could join the class.

Creating classes on Scrible

Next, it was very important to modify the settings within my class’s Scrible “library” so that students could apply their own annotations to documents and share them with me in the “library.” These options make performing a formative assessment very simple.

The permissions screen where teachers determine the ways in which students can participate and contribute to the Scrible “library”.

And finally, here are some pictures that show steps I took in order to create a formative assessment.

Picture number one: This first picture shows my library and the article which I just placed into the library by bookmarking (Scrible has you download a toolbar that includes different functions, such as bookmarking a website or documet). Under the blue article name text is the beginning of a description, which Scrible also allows one to create.

Picture number two: In the second picture, a student account view of the class “library” is shown. You can see that it says Pat Snider rather than Patrick Snider in the top right corner (I used different email addresses for this instructional purpose). The “student” has received the document from the teacher and can now open it up, make annotations, and put the modified document back into the library.

Picture number three: This picture shows an example of the in-document annotation tools Scrible provides. This is the student’s note applied to the document.

Picture number four: After making the annotations, students can save their changes and the modified document will return to the class “library”. This save as function observed in the center of the picture is part of the Scrible toolbar shown on the bottom of the picture.

Picture number five: This last picture returns to the teacher account view of the class “library”. Now the student’s annotated copy of the article is back in the library (you can tell its the student’s because of the owner/date label). I can quickly open up the annotated copy, observe the student’s work, and provide immediate electronic feedback via comments visible on the annotated document.