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Nina, we have developed a

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Nina, we have developed a web-based classroom response system at the University of Paderborn called PINGO that may be used for free by anyone in teaching. In the near future we will also offer the opportunity to pose open-ended questions. If you want to register please follow this link: https://pingo.upb.de/users/sign_up

We are looking forward to any suggestions to improve PINGO.

Middle school ELL teacher from Oregon

Other Student Response Systems

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I appreciate your comments! There are several other audience response systems out there. The ones I'm familiar with are GoSoapBox, Socrative, Poll Everywhere, eClicker and Mentimeter. As others have already commented, Socrative is definitely worth taking a look at. It is in beta right now, so you can use it for free. There are currenly over 20,000 classrooms using Socrative. You can watch my students taking a quiz as a space race using Socrative on my blog here.

Elementary Music/Violin Specialist

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GoSoapBox is very cool technology, and in the right situations can doubtlessly move a classroom discussion in interesting directions. But there really is no substitute for student participation in terms of human interaction and building student self-esteem (and yes, I know it's hard for some kids to speak up in class -- I was one of them). I worry that trends like this might dehumanize the classroom experience in this era of growing e-detachment when that classroom experience may be one of the few remaining opportunities for social development.

Ok, but remember that we are a Facebook generation...Global Learners, Information Age, Bloggers etc. I love those stupid quizes and those online votes AND sharing comments and questions on Facebook. I look forward to the instant feedback from my text message or Facebook post. These kids respond to each other with technology every waking moment and they would do it during school hours if we let them. Heck, I do it during school hours (prep time, of course). This train has already left the station and we educators need to board a bullet train to catch up!

Editorial Consultant, Edutopia

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GoSoapBox is very cool technology, and in the right situations can doubtlessly move a classroom discussion in interesting directions. But there really is no substitute for student participation in terms of human interaction and building student self-esteem (and yes, I know it's hard for some kids to speak up in class -- I was one of them). I worry that trends like this might dehumanize the classroom experience in this era of growing e-detachment when that classroom experience may be one of the few remaining opportunities for social development.

Mentor, Teaching Consultant

Open-ended

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Thank you Ben and Jeanne, Socrative looks better to me!

Socrative Allows Open Ended

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Hi Nina,
With Socrative, students can enter open-ended responses which will instantly populate the educator's screen (best if projected). The educator can then push the responses back to the students to vote on. This can be after a discussion of the responses for a supplementary check for understanding. The uses are endless.
One of my favorites includes a Headlines Thinking Routine. Read more here - http://www.socrative.com/garden/?p=502

Computer Specialist for Manhattan Beach K-5 school

Socrative

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Maybe try Socrative, they do allow open ended questions.

Principal @ Hoffman Estates High School

GoSoapBox Awash in Formative Assessment

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Matt,
Thanks for bringing this tool to my attention. I have been looking for useful resources for teachers to assess student knowledge, skill, and understanding as they learn. Such tools help teachers resist the creation of "passenger" learning environments, where students are just going for the ride and not actively navigating their own learning. I want to introduce teachers to direct and efficient means to formatively assess students during a lesson. It seems that GoSoapBox avoids some of the obstacles of teacher-generated discussion questions to gauge understanding. Through GoSoapBox, the silent students can be heard and the eager participants don't mislead the teacher into thinking the majority of the class gets the material. The quizzes, polls, and confusion barometer all provide teachers with real-time feedback in a visual medium. With the questions feature, the students guide teachers toward the learning targets by telling the teacher when the students have fallen of course or when they are ready to take the next turn. It seems that GoSoapBox would encourage active participation by all. I am eager to find other ready-made tools that teachers can integrate seamlessly into their assessment and learning plans. Any other high quality ones out there?

Mentor, Teaching Consultant

Quality or Quantity?

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The problem I see with these tools is that they don't seem to provide opportunities for the teacher to ask open-ended questions. Closed questions with one word answers give fairly shallow information about students' learning.

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