One of the benefits of allowing students to bring their cell phones into your classroom is that they can use them to give you anonymous feedback on sensitive questions and questions for which a name isn't necessary. For example, you might just want to take a survey of the average length of time your students spent studying for a quiz or how long it took them to complete an assignment. Here are four alternatives to purchasing clicker systems for your school while still gathering anonymous feedback from students.
Socrative is my favorite tool for collecting anonymous feedback from students. Socrative uses cell
phones and or laptops (user's choice) for gathering feedback from
students. You can post as many questions as you like in a variety of
formats. One of the more fun question formats is the "space race" format in
which students can work individually or in teams to answer questions as
quickly as possible. The video below offers a nice overview of the
Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo.
Poll Everywhere is a
service that allows you to collect responses from an audience via text
messaging. The free plan for K-12 educators provides selection of
features and quantity of responses that is adequate for almost any
classroom. One of the neat ways to display feedback gathered through
Poll Everywhere is in word clouds. The word cloud feature integrates
with Wordle, Tagxedo, and Tagul.
Mobile Presenter Tools from Poll Everywhere on Vimeo.
you to pose a question to your audience and get instant feedback on that
question through cell phones, tablets, and any other Internet-connected
device. Mentimeter doesn't have has many features as Socrative or Poll Everywhere, but it is free and very easy to use. In the video below I provide a two minute demonstration of Mentimeter.
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