How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers
Jun19

How to use Socrative – A guide for Teachers

Socrative is a web-based system that lets teachers and students set up quizzes and polling questions on any device that has access to the internet via a web browser. This includes iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc. This makes it perfect for use in a BYOD classroom. For Android and IOS devices you can also access it via an app. And the best news is that it’s all free. If you’ve always wanted to use it, but...

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Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?
Oct21

Prowise Presenter Version 8 is out. What’s New?

I’m a big fan of Prowise interactive whiteboards and especially their Prowise Presenter software. This provides teachers with free browser-based interactive whiteboard software with no need to mess with licence keys or installation. It also has a rather impressive set of tools called Proconnect which makes interacting with classroom tablets a breeze. Prowise have just updated Presenter to version 8. So here’s what’s...

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PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App
Jul13

PingPong – A Quickfire Audience Response AFL App

PingPong is a very simple audience-response tool that enables quick interaction with a class using any device. Unlike Socrative or Kahoot, you don’t need to create any questions within the app. PingPong is designed to be used alongside ad-hoc questions written on a whiteboard or as part of a PowerPoint presentation. The host creates a room (needs a Google or a Facebook login) and gets a room code. The audience can either access...

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Plickers : Whole Class Assessment With a Single Device
Jun30

Plickers : Whole Class Assessment With a Single Device

If you’re looking for ways to carry out student assessment in a fun way, but you don’t have access to a class set of iPads to use something like Socrative, then Plickers might be the tool for you. Plickers is a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. All you need is a teacher tablet or smartphone with the Plicker app installed. You can also sign in...

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Real Time Pupil Assessments with Formative
Apr24

Real Time Pupil Assessments with Formative

Formative is an online assessment tool that lets teachers set up questions which run on any device with a web browser (iPads, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc.) By logging into the Formative website, teachers can create a series of assessment questions. Then, by sharing a quick code with their students they can access it on whatever device they are using, as long as it has internet access. To answer the questions, the students...

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Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB
Mar11

Word Wall – Interactive Activity Maker for your IWB

Wordwall is an interactive activity maker which allows teachers to make resources to use with a whole class. You can use them on an interactive whiteboard, or just with a projector. Word Wall allows you to make dynamic interactive activities to use with a class. It would be ideal for users of some brands of whiteboard or interactive projectors where the software that comes bundled with the boards is not as user-friendly as the...

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Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll
May09

Free BYOD Class Polling in PowerPoint with Participoll

ParticiPoll is a free audience polling plugin for PowerPoint that allows polls to be run quickly and with no need for additional clickers to be used. Students can vote via any internet-enabled device. Signing up with ParticiPoll is free for basic features. Once logged in, download the free plugin for PowerPoint. The makers claim that the plugin doesn’t need admin rights, and so should be easy for teachers to install themselves....

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Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released
Mar03

Full Version of Smart Notebook XC Collaboration Now Released

Smart Notebook Extreme Collaboration was a very interesting plug in for Smart Notebook 11 that added additional collaboration features. Students could text ideas to a single SMART Notebook page using an iPad, iPod or Laptop. I’ve written about the beta version of Extreme Collaboration in the past (which you can read here), but the exciting news is that thisĀ  is now out of beta and the full version, rebranded as XC Collaboration,...

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Allow Interaction Between a Digital Screen And Any Classroom Device With ProConnect
Feb03

Allow Interaction Between a Digital Screen And Any Classroom Device With ProConnect

ProWise Presenter is another piece of cloud-based software that allows the classroom interactive whiteboard to connect to the student tablets or laptops. Using it teachers can create presentations that allow student participation via the Proconnect app. Using the ProWise Presenter, teachers can create and share an online presentation with the students. This can include annotations, text and images. It works in the same way as most of...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea
Jan30

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 4 : Polling and Voting with Ombea

There were many different clickers / student response kits on show at BETT 2014. One that caught my eye was Ombea, a new company that produces a very simple but powerful system that plugs into PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. The Ombea system comprises student clickers, but also has a very easy to use browser-based version which allows students to answer via any device – for example iPads, chromebooks and laptops. This makes it...

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Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!
Oct28

Create online quizzes for any device with Kahoot!

Kahoot is a new quiz and survey creation tool that will work on any device. It allows teachers to set up and run multiple choice quizzes which their students can then answer via any device that has a web browser. In many ways it’s a lot like one of my favourite tools, Socrative. The teacher creates a quiz using the web interface. Questions are multiple-choice style, and it’s pretty straightforward to get these set up,...

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Infuse Learning – A BYOD Student Assessment Tool
Dec19

Infuse Learning – A BYOD Student Assessment Tool

Infuse Learning is a new assessment service which works very much like Socrative. It allows teachers to set up quizzes which the students can answer via any device which can connect to the internet – whether that’s a laptop, netbook, iPod, iPad or other tablet device. Like Socrative it is a fantastic addition to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. As well as the quizzes you can set up and save, you can also add Quick...

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