Get Real-Time Feedback from Your Students with GoSoapBox

I don’t know about you but there are times I struggled to keep my learners engaged. Shocking, right? You can tell when they checkout. That glazed, deer in the headlights look crosses over their faces. At that moment I know I’ve lost them. Maybe it’s not all of them at once. It might just be one or two who are more focused on their phones than the brilliant information coming out of my mouth. It happens to all of us at least every once in a while.

To combat this, I am always on the lookout for new strategies to help keep my learners engaged. More hands-on activities. More discussion. But what if that doesn’t work. What if they don’t participate because they are confused or have questions they don’t want to ask? GoSoapBox, gives you tools to connect with those students and get real-time feedback from all your learners.

Real-Time Feedback

GoSoapBox Event Dashboard
GoSoapBox Event Dashboard

GoSoapBox is an online response system designed to gather real-time formative assessments from your learners. GoSoapBox can be used in large or small college classrooms, K-12 classes, and even conferences. You can read more about conference services on their info page.

Using GoSoapBox, you can set up feedback opportunities for your students such as polls, quizzes, live Q&A, and discussions. One of my favorite features is the confusion barometer. It helps you see, with a quick glance, if your students are confused or not. The tools are simple to set up and easy to use.

It is free to sign up for an account. The free account works for smaller classrooms up to 30 students logged in at one time. For larger classrooms, you can increase capacity with the upgrades. For example, a medium class of up to 75 students will cost $99 per 6 months.

Turn features on and off
Turn features on and off

Once you create your free account and log in, you can create your first event. The event dashboard gives you all the tools you need to create interactive features for your class. Turn features on and off using the Moderation Panel. From the Moderation Panel, you also can add additional moderators, archive your event, and even download your class data.

Your learners join your event with a code. No login required. Once they are in the event, they can ask questions, participate in your polls and discussions, and use the confusion barometer to let you know if they are getting the material.

Learner view
Learner view

Full disclosure – I have not yet used GoSoapBox with my students. However, I plan on using it during my next face to face class. I’m hoping it will help me connect with my quiet ones who do not talk in class.

GoSoapBox is easy to use and quick to set up. I’m hopeful that by using it in my class, I can get some of my quiet students to ask questions and respond to the discussion. It is not as flashy or fun looking as some other tools out there but I think that is its strength. The interface is clean and intuitive for both teachers and students.

If you are looking for an easy to use student response system, give this tool a try!

Create Live Quizzes with GimKit

We all know that our students LOVE to play quiz games. These games can be a fun and engaging way to review content or check for understanding. Many of us have been creating quizzes and using them in our classes for some time. There are a whole host of tools out there we can use to create out games. Recently a new tool piqued my interest. Not because of any particular feature but because of the fact that it was developed by a high school student.

GimKit is a web-based quiz tool created and maintained by, Josh Feinsilber, a high school student from Seattle. Josh created GimKit when he was a junior. I mentor high school entrepreneur teams so I was thrilled to see a tool created by an innovative student. Way to go, Josh!!

Overview

Using GimKit, teachers create custom quizzes that their students play as live games or as homework assignments. As students play the game, they earn in-game money they can use to purchase upgrades, power-ups, and other rewards. They need to be careful though, incorrect answers will cost them cash.

It is free to sign up for the basic plan, which gives you most of the features but a limited number of quizzes you can create. To add the ability to create more quizzes and manage more classes, you can upgrade to the Pro or Go package. The Pro package will cost you $4.99 a month while Go is $7.99 per month. To see a full breakdown of the pricing, visit the pricing page.

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Student view during the game.

The game-play is similar to Kahoot! – students use a code to join the game and then answer questions on their own device. On the teacher screen, you can see which students are in the lead.

There are some fun features that set this apart from the typical quiz game application.

Features

  • As a teacher, you can create your own quizzes, a class roster, and assign quizzes as homework.

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    Waiting for the Game to start.
  • Use the KitCollab and have students work together to create their own quizzes.
  • As students wait to for the game to start, they can draw on their screen. This a fun little hidden feature.
  • The in-game reward system is pretty robust and I can see how it can motivate students to play and earn cash. There is a huge library of power-ups and rewards that students can purchase with the money they earn from playing the games.
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Power-ups
  • For teachers, there is an easy to navigate dashboard where you can manage quizzes, classes, and assignments.
  • Quiz creation is super simple. You can add images to your questions. I like that the system automatically randomizes the questions and answers. Because this is so simple, you can create quizzes quickly.
  • Teachers also have the ability to import quizzes from Quizlet.

If your students like to play quiz games, then you should give GimKit a try. It is a power-packed tool that your students will love to play.

Also, be sure to tell them that GimKit was created by a student just like them. Challenge them to think about what they could create if given the chance.

Way to go, Josh for creating a great tool! You have a great future ahead of you! Well done!

30 Tools in 30 Days: Day 22 EDpuzzle

Day 22: EDpuzzle

Videos are an excellent instructional tool and the internet is filled with high-quality videos for all age levels and subject areas. However, watching a video can be a passive activity. Just because a student watched a video does not mean they understood it. EDpuzzle is a wonderful web-based tool that allows you to add interactivity and assessments to your video library.

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Add comprehension checks to any video.

With EDpuzzle, you can curate videos from your favorite video sites such as YouTube, Kahn Academy, Crash Course, or TED Talks, and turn them into lessons with integrated quizzes. Using the EDpuzzle creation tool you can select a video, trim it, add narration, and add formative assessments throughout to check for student understanding.

Assign your lessons to your students by creating classes that include a class roster and gradebook so you can track students’ progress as they watch the content. EDpuzzle also integrates into Google Classroom.

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Student view of your video.

As your students watch the video, they are presented with your questions. To continue watching, they must answer the questions. Their responses are recorded in your gradebook so you can see if your students understand the concepts from the video.

All your videos are saved in your content library. From your library, you can share your content with other educators in your school or make it public for all educators to discover.

School Video-Library

The newest addition to the EDpuzzle environment is the School Video-Library. Now you can search through hundreds of curated lessons for elementary, middle grades and high school. Saving you time. In addition to the Video Library, EDpuzzle also provides a My School channel for videos created and curated by your colleagues.

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Categories of Middle-Grade Video Lessons

 

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Collection of Geometry Videos for Middle-Grades

EDpuzzle is the perfect way to flip your classroom and track your student learning. Whether you created your own videos or chose from the vetted library of pre-made lessons, EDpuzzle is an excellent tool for integrating videos into your classroom. Best of all – it is free. Yay for free!

30 Tools in 30 Days: Day 15 Quizizz

Day 15: Quizizz

Quizizz is a free online quiz tool perfect for classroom assessments, games, and more. There are so many online, game-based assessment tools out there. Kahoot!, Socarative, Quizlet, to name a few. Each one has their own pros and cons that set them apart. Quizizz and Kahoot! are my two go-to tools. We’ll talk about Kahoot! in a separate post.

Quizizz just launched some new updates and I really like them. Their newly designed website is clean and easy to use. Great updates.

Using Quizizz is easy. Log-in with your Google account or use any email to get started. Search for public quizzes created by the community or start from scratch and create your own custom quiz. There are tons of pre-made quizzes to choose from. Use them as is or edit them to add your own questions.

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The new Quizizz website. Clean and easy to use.

Here are a few of my favorite features from the new Quizizz.

  • Search for public quizzes using keywords or the new subject buttons.
  • Easy to create custom quizzes.
  • Create your own mems or choose an available meme set, to display for right and wrong answers (These are super cute! Because, you know, memes!)
  • Share your quizzes or keep them private.
  • Organize your quizzes into collections.
  • No student log-ins are needed to play, just a code.
  • Play the quiz live or assign it to homework.
  • Works on multiple devices and platforms.
  • Shuffle questions and answers when you play.
  • View reports on student performance. See class average, performance per question, and individual performance.
  • Email individual reports to parents.
  • Download data into Excel for further analysis.
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One of my custom memes.

As mentioned above, one of my favorite features is the custom meme designer. After students answer a question they receive feedback (correct or incorrect) as a meme. You can use the pre-designed memes or create your own set with your own images. What a great way to personalize the quiz for your class. Take a picture of each student cheering and frowning. Use these as your own custom memes. So much fun!

I’ve also used Quizizz for a live trivia game during an open house. It is a fun way to engage adults, too. They are just as competitive as kids.

Quizizz can make formative assessments easy to create and share and super fun to take! It is an excellent tool for gathering usable data on student understanding or, just play for fun!