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Monday, October 24, 2011

Class Participation Tools


Polleverywhere
http://www.polleverywhere.com/ 

Certainly been shared before.  Was just in the collection of tools I was making.  Worth mentioning again.  Lets you use cellphones as a clicker response tool for quizes.  Very easy to use, and free up to a certain point.  Certainly the kind of thing I would consider paying for if I did a lot of teaching that required this though.  And it is not expensive, and the features are decent.  One of the nicest features is that the polls update live.
Thanks to Ian Crewe for this one.

Socrative
http://www.socrative.com/ 

Lets you do quizes and questions beyond just multiple choice questions, including true/false, short answer, paced quiz, and an exit question, across a variety of devices such as  phones, tablets, computers.  I have not played with this one at all, so I am somewhat unsure of what it is like to use, but the feature set seems great, and it is free.

Soapbox
http://gosoapbox.com/ 

Is in beta, but I believe they are accepting anyone who applies for it.  Bit different than the other two.  This is more of a lecturing engagement tool.  You post the soapbox code, others join, and can indicate their level of understanding while you are speaking.  The presented can also post questions that listeners can respond to in public, privately, as well as quizes.  I really like the set up of this one, but it would be best for some sort of lecturing presentation.  Still very much woth a look.

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