Showing posts with label understoodit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label understoodit. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Understoodit Is Not Really Free

On Monday I published a list of twelve free services for gathering informal feedback from students. In that list I included Understoodit. When I originally learned about Understoodit it was free. This morning I received an email from one of Understoodit's employees "introducing me" to the service. In that introductory email it was revealed that Understoodit is only free for a limited time. Here is an excerpt from the email.

Our product is FREE for a limited time, but will be extended those who sign up now with an extended free-trial period.

I don't know how long the extended period will be as that information was not in the email I received and it's not stated on the website except for the "30 day free trial" notice. After the free trial it appears to cost $3/month. Although I don't know if that is a flat fee or a "per user/ per seat" fee.

$3/month isn't unreasonable, but I did want to make sure that I corrected my earlier post about Understoodit to reflect the new information that I received today. If you're looking for some free tools for gathering feedback from students, you may want to try some of the other tools on this list. Of the tools on that list, my favorite is Socrative.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quickly Gauge Your Students' Understanding with Understoodit

Understoodit is a new web app for quickly gauging your students' understanding of information that you have shared with them. Saw it in action for the first time today when my Ed Tech Teacher colleague Greg Kulowiec used it during a workshop we taught.

Understoodit is quite simple. Just open your account (it's still in beta by invitation only) and open the simple poll of "understand" or "confused." Students can vote using any internet-connected device. Students can vote whenever you have the poll open. They can vote multiple times too. So if they are confused at the beginning of class, but understand ten minutes later they can change their votes.


Understoodit from Liam Kaufman on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
After seeing it in action, I can see how Understoodit could be a great tool for quickly getting anonymous feedback from your students. The option to see the timing of when your students vote for "confused" or "understand" can be a great way to quickly determine which topics or what content to you need to repeat.

Click here for three other services you can use to quickly poll your students.

Update: In a classic case of not proofreading, I meant to title this post "Quickly Gauge Your Students' Understanding" not "Quickly Change Your Students' Understanding." The title is correct now.