I'm curious how many of you have used mobile apps for formative assessment in the classroom. Clickers are the most common, but there are many other examples out there. This was the hope behind Canvas Polls. Let's discuss and learn more!
I think it was called “Socratic.” Used it a while back (obviously). Worked fine for my very simple needs then. Will answer the “for what” part when I’m at a better keyboard than my phone.”
Some of my favorites are Poll Everywhere, Padlet, and FlipGrid. I've used Google Forms to create exit tickets or "check-ins" as well. Poll Everywhere and Google Forms are the two that match the current functionality of Canvas Polls though.
Thanks for the comments so far! I'm investigating a project at UCF to build a formative assessment tool for mobile users that will sync with the Canvas grade book. I guess what Canvas Polls "should" be, so I'm curious what would be the minimum features you'd want to see in an app like this?
The idea is to not make an app with every feature (there are some great vendor options already) but concentrate on the top 80%. I'd assume that will mostly include:
One of the items I'd love to have in class is a backchannel that will:
I'm open to any other ideas too. Thanks again!
I have used Plickers, Socrative, Poll Everywhere, Padlet, Microsoft Forms, Google Forms, and of course Canvas Quizzes.
Wow! That's a lot of options. Why do you use so many. Do each of them offer a specific functionality that the other doesn't?
I help train teachers, so I have used several over the years. Teachers find the ones they like and hone in on the specific ones that they prefer. I have used all of them, but some more than others.
We generally use Kahoot, Socrative, Mentimeter and Polleverywhere. However we have a challenge with some of these for our bigger classes as we only have the free accounts which are limited by question/number of participants. We also use Padlet, but more for discussions. Would like to use Piazza but don't *think* it is EU compliant so not using currently, and we cannot use Google Forms.
We've got changes coming to data protection regs in the EU, so currently the general advice is not to use anything which the students have to register for. This is normally not a problem, as many of these tools they can use anonymously, but there are occasions when it would be useful to track responses by students to gauge understanding, and tie into gradebook as you suggest. An enhanced tool within Canvas would be ideal!
Thanks for sharing. The EU compliant situation definitely makes this tricky. I'm curious if you can share specific activities you use with Kahoot, Socrative, Mentimeter and Polleverywhere?
We use Kahoot! for prof. development after webinars. It's become a thing and everyone is terribly disappointed if there is not Kahoot! at the end.
I know some of our professors here use TopHat (as an alternative to iclicker). It is trying to almost positioning itself as its own LMS.
Thanks! This is helpful. I think Kahoot! is a great informal tool. It's easy to use and doesn't even require a mobile device or app. At UCF, there are a few vendors floating around, including TopHat. There are a lot of hoops for 3rd party vendors to jump through to get proper access to the grade book and student information. They are all great tools though.
I try to use a mix of tools to monitor:
I'm keen to explore Canvas polls. Was hoping to access it in a course. Alas not.
Sli.do and Plickers are cool.
Unless I see some new development, I'm not inclined to research or use Canvas Polls.
I'm familiar with Plickers, but Sli.do seems pretty neat! I need to look at it a little more. Thanks!
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