Student Response System (K-12): Part 3 Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is marketing itself to the education community as a cheaper alternative to buying proprietary clicker systems. There’s a lot to like about Poll Everywhere.

This post is the third post in a series about Using a Student Response System (SRS) in a K-12 classroom

  1. We’ve looked at using Twitter as a teaching tool, as well as using (eInstruction) clickers in the classroom.
  2. Today’s post is about considering Poll Everywhere as a clicker system.
  3. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was used to dictate this three-part series to the computer. There was a 98% word recognition rate when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Student Response System Part 3: Using Poll Everywhere (online) instead of real clickers

I really like clickers – they engage students in your classroom and provide immediate feedback.

  • A typical whole class instruction model has 1 teacher asking a question, 1 student answering the question, and the rest of the class listening.
  • With clickers, you can have 1 teacher asking a question, and the entire class responding at the same time.
  • Apparently, clickers improved student performance in a study at the University of British Columbia.

Poll Everywhere tries to offers everything online that a physical clicker student response system can offer:

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Student Response System (K-12): Part 2 Clickers

This is the second post in a three part series on Using a Student Response System in the classroom

  1. Last time, we looked at using twitter in the classroom
  2. Today, we’re looking at using clickers as a Student Response System (S), and
  3. Next time, we’ll look at Poll Everywhere as an online way to get responses from your students in real time.
  4. This 3 part series was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with a 98% word recognition accuracy.

Student Response System: Clickers in the classroom

I really like the idea of using clickers in the classroom. (This article is based on using a class set of eInstruction clickers.)

  • Clickers are little tiny devices that look like cell phones. Very cool for K-8 classes where cell phones are often not allowed at school / in the classroom.
  • They let students vote in their responses – you can set up multiple-choice questions or short answer questions and quickly look at the results in real time.
  • There is also a setting to enable anonymous mode which means that student responses are not tracked – in case you want more honest answers for sensitive questions. Normally, you know which students are using which clickers, which means that you can collect assessment data from your clickers.

Even though I have access to a class set of clickers, I find I rarely use them. (Maybe, I really need to start using them more again.) Continue reading “Student Response System (K-12): Part 2 Clickers”

Student Response System (K-12): Part 1 Twitter

Classroom technology is digitizing the way we teach. A Student Response System is a way to create interactivity between the teacher and students in class.

  • Think about the handheld remotes (clickers) used in the game show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” when the audiences are voting in their answers.
  • Now think about that in the classroom where a teacher asks a question (multiple-choice or short answer) and students respond.

Teachers have several options when considering a student response system. Recently, I played around with Poll Everywhere which got me thinking about how it compared to other student engagement tools.

I first saw Poll Everywhere – in action at a technology presentation for teachers and educators.

  • The presenter used the cloud-based service to ask questions to the audience.
  • It’s got potential. Basically, it’s a clicker system that lets teachers ask questions online and then students can vote in their answers using their own cell phone (SMS text message), or any device connected to the internet (i.e. smart phones, laptops, desktops, etc.)
  • Poll Everywhere is trying to market itself to the K-12 education community as a free student response system.

Having used clickers, Twitter, and Poll Everywhere in the classroom to get student participation and engagement, I’m excited by what you can do with Poll Everywhere… As long as your students have a way to access the online poll.

This is a three part series on Using a Student Response System in the classroom comparing 1) twitter, 2) clickers, and 3) Poll Everywhere as ways to get responses from your students in real time. The series was dicatated using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with a word dictation accuracy of 98.1%. Continue reading “Student Response System (K-12): Part 1 Twitter”

Edu Prezi Tips for using Prezi in the Classroom

A while ago, I posted about using Prezi to teach in the classroom. (Edu Prezi licenses for educational use come in two flavours: Edu Enjoy and Edu Pro.)

Prezi is a powerful alternative to PowerPoint because you can use movement to reinforce your message. In PowerPoint, you’re forced to move from slide to slide to slide. In Prezi, you’re given a large canvas to put images and text onto and then your presentation zooms in and out through different frames that you’ve set up across across your Prezi.

Here are some things that you can do in Prezi:

  • Start with a concept and then zoom out to show the big picture.
  • Start with a message and then zoom in on an important point to add more details.
  • Show your viewers the outline of your entire presentation and then zoom in and move through different parts of your presentation.
  • Use rotation to create impact.

Prezi gives students more options to demonstrate their creativity and higher understanding of a concept by zooming in and out across a canvas. Students can sign up for a free Edu Prezi account (Edu Enjoy Prezi).

Edu Prezi in the Classroom

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