Showing posts with label realtime search. Show all posts
Showing posts with label realtime search. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

10 Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback From Students

Chat rooms and polling services provide good ways to hear from all of the students in a classroom. These kind of tools allow shy students to ask questions and share comments. For your more outspoken students who want to comment on everything, a feedback mechanism provides a good outlet for them too. In the last few months some of my old-reliable feedback tools shutdown and others were updated. This is my updated list of backchannel and informal assessment tools for gathering real-time feedback from students.

Backchannel Chat is a service that provides exactly what its name implies. On Backchannel Chat you can create a free backchannel room (AKA chat room) in which you can post comments and questions for your students to respond to. Your students can respond in realtime. Students can ask you and their classmates questions within the confines of your Backchannel Chat room. The free version of Backchannel Chat limits you to 30 participants at a time.

GoSoapBox is a platform through which your students can respond to questions through their laptops, tablets, and phones. Polls and Discussion in GoSoapBox are the meat and potatoes of the service. The Polls tool allows you to survey your audience by having them select an answer choice in response to a question. The Discussions tool allows you to have audience members reply to open-ended questions. One of the simplest yet effective survey options in GoSoapBox is a tools called a Confusion Meter. The Confusion Meter allows members of your audience to simply say, "yes, I get it" or "no, I don't get it." The Confusion Meter, like all of the GoSoapBox survey tools, can accept anonymous feedback. You can use the Social Q&A tool in GoSoapBox to have students submit their questions to you. Students can see each other's question submissions and vote them up if they want to.

AnswerGarden is a convenient service that allows you to embed a open-ended feedback tool into your classroom blog or website. With an AnswerGarden embedded into your blog your students can simply type responses to your question and see their responses appear in a word cloud. Creating an AnswerGarden is a simple process that does not require you to create an account. To get started go to the AnswerGarden homepage and click "create AnswerGarden." On the next screen you will enter a question or statement for your students to respond to. To share your AnswerGarden with students you can give them the link or embed the AnswerGarden into your blog as I have done below. Optionally, before sharing your AnswerGarden you can turn on moderation of responses and set an admin password.

Plickers is a great student response system for classrooms that aren't 1:1 or for anyone who would rather not have to go through the trouble of trying to get all students onto the same webpage or chatroom at the beginning of a lesson. Plickers uses a teacher's iPad or Android tablet in conjunction with a series of QR codes to create a student response system. Students are given a set of QR codes on large index cards. The codes are assigned to students. Each code card can be turned in four orientations. Each orientation provides a different answer. When the teacher is ready to collect data, he or she uses the Plickers mobile app to scan the cards to see a bar graph of responses. Click here for three ideas for using Plickers in your classroom.

Mentimeter is an audience response tool lets you create polls and quizzes for your audience to respond to during your presentations. Responses to open-ended poll questions can be displayed as a word cloud, but there isn't a true chat function in Mentimeter. You can create and display polls and quizzes from the Mentimeter website or you can use their PowerPoint Add-in to display your polls and quizzes from your slideshow. Your audience members can respond from their phones, tablets, or laptops.

The Q&A function built into the presentation mode of Google Slides is a good option for gathering questions from students when they are viewing slides that you or their classmates present.


GoSoapBox allows you to have your audience respond to questions through their laptops, tablets, and phones. Polls and Discussion in GoSoapBox are the meat and potatoes of the service. The Polls tool allows you to survey your audience by having them select an answer choice in response to a question. The Discussions tool allows you to have audience members reply to open-ended questions. One of the simplest yet effective survey options in GoSoapBox is a tools called a Confusion Meter. The Confusion Meter allows members of your audience to simply say, "yes, I get it" or "no, I don't get it." The Confusion Meter, like all of the GoSoapBox survey tools, can accept anonymous feedback. You can use the Social Q&A tool in GoSoapBox to have students submit their questions to you. Students can see each other's question submissions and vote them up if they want to.

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 WordleTagxedo, and Tagul.

I started using Padlet back when it was called WallWisher. Padlet enables me to have students not only share exit responses as text, but to also share exit responses as hyperlinks. For example, if my students have been working on research projects I will ask them to share a link to something they found that day along with an explanation of how it is relevant to their research.

Formative provides you with a place to create online assignments that your students can respond to in class or out of class. Assignments can be as simple as one question exit tickets like "what did you learn today?" to complex quizzes that use a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and true/false questions. You can assign point values to questions or leave them as ungraded questions. The best feature of Formative is the option to create "show your work" questions. "Show your work" questions enables students to draw responses and or upload pictures as responses to your questions. When you use this question type students will see a blank canvas directly below the question. On that canvas they can draw and or type responses.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Google Launches a Realtime Search Engine... Again

Last December Google launched a realtime search element that displayed realtime updates within standard search results. Today, Google launched a stand-alone realtime search engine. Google Realtime Search is a stand-alone realtime search engine that draws its results from social networking sites as well as other news sources.

There are a couple of features in Google Realtime Search that should prove to be useful. First, you can refine your search results by time (go back an look at what was being said 12 hours ago) and by location. The other useful feature is a the "conversations view" of results. Conversations View will enable you to see the entire progression of a conversation on a social networking site without having to click through a series of links and updates. Learn more about Google Realtime Search in the video below.


Applications for Education
Google Realtime Search could be a great resource for anyone that has a current events component in his or her curriculum. When a story breaks, have your students look at how quickly a story develops on the web by monitoring the updates to Google Realtime Search results.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Real-Time Search Options
Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NachoFoto - Realtime Image Search Engine

A picture is worth a thousand words and when a news story is breaking that is especially true. NachoFoto is an image search engine designed to bring you the latest images from across the web on emerging trends and breaking stories.

According to their whitepaper NachoFoto searches for images based on recency, image density on a webpage, inward links, and domain authoriy. What this means for people searching on NachoFoto is that they will see new photos before older photos, will find images from sites that frequently post new quality images, and find images from websites that are family friendly.

See NachoFoto in action in the video below.


Applications for Education
NachoFoto could be a great resource for anyone that uses current events in his or her classroom. NachoFoto provides images that could help complete the picture for students after reading a story. You could also use the images to introduce a story.

Through the use of NachoFoto's timeline slider your students can
look back at images taken over the course of the development of a news story.











Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Real-Time Search Options
Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning
Google Real-Time Search: Here Comes Everything!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Google Real-Time Search: Here Comes Everything!

Last week Mashable's Pete Cashmore wrote, for CNN, 10 Web Trends to Watch in 2010. First on that list is an increase in real-time search options. Today, Google announced that they will be rolling-out their own real-time search options over the next few days. Google's real-time search will draw results from a wide variety of places including Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed. Real-time search results will appear within the regular list of search results. The real-time search results will continously update unless you pause the updates. See my screen capture below.













You can get a preview of how Google's Real-Time search will work by visiting the Trends page and clicking on a trend.

The video below provides a brief overview of Google's Real-Time search.


Applications for Education
Real-time search engines are great resources to have when a story is breaking. These resources could be put to use by students in a current events course or in a journalism course. When I taught a current events course one of my favorite things to do was to have students analyze the reporting of one story from multiple sources. Real-time search brings in not only the stories from the major news outlets, but also brings in the "person on the street" perspective from social networks like Twitter and FriendFeed.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning
Real-Time Search Options

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Refine Google Search Results for Timeliness

Over the last year I've written about real-time search engines numerous times because I believe that there are some good reasons to search for not only accurate information, but also timely information.

Last week Google announced some new search refinement options that will allow users to find more timely information. The new search refinement options allow users to specify a range of dates from which to draw links, specify the last 24 hours, or specify the last hour. To access these search refinement options select the "show options" link in the top-left corner of the search results page.













Applications for Education
Being able to sort the timeliness of search results could be an excellent option for current events teachers and students. Refining by date could be useful for other academic fields as well so that students aren't using information that has been supplanted in the field by newer, more relevant information.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
OneRiot Now Offers Realtime Search Results
Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr
Real-Time Search Options

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Collecta, Real-time Search, and Professional Learning

Collecta is a real-time search engine that launched a little over a month ago. I've written about some other real-time search engines recently and you can find those articles here and here. In general all real-time search engines are designed to draw the latest links about any given topic from a variety of sources. Collecta draws its results from Twitter, YouTube, and various blogs and news websites.

Applications for Education
I've written before about using real-time search engines in Social Studies classrooms, you can read that post here.
Real-time search engines could become valuable tools for educators to learn about new research, ideas, and trends in education. In addition to learning about topics in the education field, teachers can also keep up on the latest information regarding their particular content area.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Question Most Commonly Asked of Me at NECC

This is the last morning of NECC 2009. Since Saturday the one question that I've been most frequently asked is, "how are you finding so many things to blog about?" In the video below, filmed in the NECC Blogger's Cafe, I give the answer that I've been giving most frequently.


Here are the three real-time search engines mentioned in the video:
OneRiot
Scoopler
CrowdEye

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Real-Time Search Options

This video from Tekzilla gives a brief overview of some options for real-time search. The video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
Real-time search is a good option for students studying current events. Real-time search provides students with access to the most talked about current news stories on the Internet.

Using real-time search tools is one of the ways that I find new resources to write about every day. For example, if I was to just search Google for "math lesson plans" I would get pretty much the same results everyday. But, by using real-time search I find new links everyday.

Here are two real-time search tools not mentioned in the video that I've reviewed in the past:
Scoopler
OneRiot

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr

Update: Since this post was written Scoopler changed business models and now seems to be just a celebrity gossip site.

Scoopler is a new search engine that allows you to simultaneously search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr in one place. Scoopler is quite simple, enter a search term and you'll find results from all four of those services. Results are sorted into two columns, "live" which provides the most recently shared links and "popular" which is based on the number of times a link has been shared.


Applications for Education
Scoopler and search engines similar to it are good for finding new and popular teaching resources.
For teachers I liken shared bookmarks on the web to shared lesson plans within a school building.
For example, if I'm looking for good US History lesson plans searching on Scoopler will yield results based on what other people have bookmarked and shared. In my mind if other people have found a lesson worthy of sharing, I am more likely to spend time investigating it.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
OneRiot Now Offers Realtime Search
Spezify - Visual Search Engine
Wonder Wheel and Other New Google Tools

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

OneRiot Now Offers Realtime Search Results

OneRiot is a search engine that I initially reviewed in November of last year. At the time of that review OneRiot searched the web and listed results based their current popularity. Today, OneRiot announced that it now pulls its search results from Twitter, Digg, and other social sharing services. This means that search results are based on what are currently the most shared and discussed links.

Applications for Education
I can see OneRiot being a good place for students to find and track developments in current news stories. OneRiot could also be good for students that are searching for the latest news to include in a report about a niche topic in science or economics.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Worio Search - Discover More Search Results
Top Marks - Educational Search Engine
Links You Might Have Missed - Internet Search Tools