Wednesday, February 15, 2012

METC 2012 Presentation

For those of you who were unable to attend my METC presentation, No More Paper, No More Books.... I wanted to write up a short post on a few of the tools that I shared. 

The focus of the presentation was to share with teachers several free web-based tools that can help turn student netbooks, laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphone into learner response devices.

You can view my "virtual handout" here:

The first tool is MentimeterMentimeter is a free web-based tool that provides the teacher a quick and simple way to interact with their students and receive feedback. Teachers can do this by having students respond to multiple choice questions via their mobile device. All the participants need is a link to the question. Results are displayed in real-time. No login required. 

 Poll Everywhere is a another free-web based polling service that allows a teacher to gather live responses from an audience via their mobile device or desktop computer. Students access the question via a direct link to the poll and can respond to a single multiple choice question created by the teacher. There are two features that set this tool apart from Mentimeter.
1. When you create an account, all of your polls are saved and can be used again.
2. Teachers have the option to ask an open ended question that the students can respond to in a free text format.

 Socrative is my favorite of the three listed here. Socrative is also a web-based tool that allows the teachers to collect response from their students. However, there are several great features that set this tool apart from the others.
1. An entire multiple choice tets can be created and saved within the application or upload using their .xls template. 
2. Questions can be graded and results can be sent back to the teacher via email or downloaded as an .xls file. 
3.  It's also a free iPad, iPhone, and iPod app. There is an app available for the teacher and an app for the student. 
4. Very simple to use.
Currently, Socrative is in beta and is free. However, with the easy to use and needed features, this will not be free for long. 

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