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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Infuse Learning - A Great Student Response Tool

There is no shortage of student response services that teachers can use in their classrooms. Socrative and Poll Everywhere are my two favorite. But a new service called Infuse Learning is definitely challenging for that ranking.

Infuse Learning is a free student response system that works with any Internet-connected device including iPads and Android tablets. Infuse Learning allows teachers to push questions, prompts, and quizzes out to students' devices in private virtual classrooms. In an Infuse Learning room a teacher can give students a wide variety of formats in which to response to a question or prompt. Students can reply to prompts and questions in standard multiple choice, true/false, and short answer formats. But Infuse Learning also offers an option for students to reply by creating drawings or diagrams on their iPads, Android tablets, or on their laptops.

Infuse Learning offers a couple of helpful accessibility options including support for multiple languages. Teachers can choose to enable translation for questions, prompts, and answer choices that students see on their devices. Another accessibility feature is audio narration for questions, prompts, and answer choices. To hear the audio students simply click on the audio button when viewing a question. And as you can see in the screenshot below, your questions can include images.

To get started using Infuse Learning go to the site and start creating classes. You can create private classes or open enrollment classes. Private classes require you to input student names and will in turn require students to enter their names and an access code to participate in activities. A bonus aspect of private classes is that you can use Infuse Learning to take attendance. Open enrollment classes can be joined by anyone who has the room number assigned to that class.

Learn more about Infuse Learning in the video below.



Applications for Education
Infuse Learning has fantastic potential as a student response system. It reminds me a lot of Socrative but with some added accessibility and management components that teachers should find very useful. The option to create and manage separate classes is a definite plus. By creating a different room for each class I don't have to worry about students participating in an activity that they shouldn't be in.

If you want all of your students to view the same webpage at once, you can push links out to your students through your Infuse Learning room. That could be helpful for having classroom discussions about current events articles that you find online. Just copy the link and send it out to all of your students through your Infuse Learning room.

Finally, by offering audio narration and translation, Infuse Learning becomes accessible to a part of our student population that can't use some other student response systems.

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