The Teaching Commons is pleased to announce that Lakehead University will pilot KahootPro this academic year. Kahoot is an online game-based interactive response application that instructors can use to pose questions, facilitate discussions, collect data, and much more.
Classroom Response Systems
"Classroom Response Systems ('Clickers')" (webpage) introduces formal classroom response systems (CRSs) as well as "strategies for using clickers in your teaching."
Topics of relevance for Lakehead include the following:
- What Is a CRS?
- Teaching with a CRS
- Why Use a CRS?
- Challenges in Using a CRS
NOTE: Most of the advantages and uses of a formal and costly CRS can be gained from free or free-to-student services such as the following:
"Checking for Understanding" (online article) outlines 7 "formative assessment strategies that give teachers a better way to gauge the level of understanding within a class" -- quick and easy ways to "see who gets it, who needs more practice, and who has no clue" -- "all of which have the added benefit of increasing student engagement."
1. Index cards
"When Open-Ended Live Polling Gets Rocky" (post) outlines potential sudent-based challenges of using open-ended questions with in-class polling tools such as PollEverywhere, Kahoot, Socrative, Mentimeter, etc., but it also outlines a number of practical solutions.
A. Some Challenges of Open-Ended Questions
A. "Tools to Facilitate In-Class Polling" (web page) points out that classroom response systems or "[i]n-class polling by any means (clickers, online polling programs, Google forms, or even colored pieces of paper)" has several benefits:
- It "is a straight-forward way for instructors to gather real-time feedback."
- It helps "identify gaps in preparation or understanding."
- It allows instructors to "flexibly adjust instruction."
1. "Low- or No-tech" Options
a. "Raise Your Hand"
b. "Choral Response"