The interactive classroom:Google Forms and Text Polling Elizabeth Price Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Library S
Goal: Increasing interactionS Make classes less lecture-driven and more interactiveS Make classes more inquiry-basedS Adjust to student needsS Eliminate disconnect in large lecture halls
Clickers: The traditional toolS Primarily used “clickers” or student response systems S Ensure students understand fundamental concepts S Give shy students a chance to be heard S Allow instructors to adapt lessons to meet student needs S Data can be stored and evaluated later to supplement curriculum development(“Seven Things You Should Know About Clickers”)
Clickers: DownsidesS Student response systems can be expensive to install (may run several thousand dollars)S Require students to purchase (simplest ones are about $10) S But if lost, then they have to buy and register new devicesS Good questions are required for effective use(“Seven Things You Should Know About Clickers”)
Harnessing new toolsS Google Forms S Create questionnaires and have students respond during/after lecture or as a group activity. S Require computer-equipped classroom or students to have laptops or mobile devices with internet access.S Text Polling S Create multiple choice or open-ended polls that can be answered using mobile phones. S Require students to use their own phones, text messages.
Google FormsS Part of Google Docs - a free,* Web-based software office suite. S Forms-creating software S Presentation software S Spreadsheet software S Word processing software.S Can access from any computer with internet.S Requires a Google or Gmail account.*Free at the cost of whatever Google does with your information
Google Forms: ClassroomS Create and administer quizzesS Have students work through problems and submit answersS Poll students on lectureS Evaluations – Peer, instructor, assignment, courseS Anonymous surveys
Google Forms: ResultsS Delivery S Can be embedded in blog or website S Can be emailed to students S Can use a URL shortener to give them a websiteS Results S Can be viewed in Google spreadsheet software (and/or downloaded to Microsoft Excel) S Can be viewed in chart or graph form
Google Forms: Try it outS Take this form survey, and we’ll look at the results: S http://goo.gl/wj8Ye
Google Forms: My applicationsS Reading quizzes S Syllabus quiz - GEN 091S Student polling: Types of persuasion S Review slideshow and vote on each type S Emailed link to studentsS Library (or division) workshop evaluationsS Staff surveys
Google Forms: ResourcesS Google has many resources available to help you use Forms: S Create, send, share and edit a form S Page navigation and how to embed a form S Add a theme to a form S Collect and view form responsesS This self-paces learning unit from Boise State looks at applying Google Docs in the classroom S Google Docs for EducatorsS This handout goes over the basics of Google Forms. S Handout - Collecting data using Google Docs Forms
Text pollingS Web-based student response systemS Turns mobile phones into “clickers”S Requires computer, projector to see resultsS A couple of services available: S Poll Everywhere S Text the Mob
Text polling: ClassroomS Short multiple choice or open-ended quizzesS Anonymous, so can’t be tied to particular studentS Can be embedded in PowerPoint or Prezi** I had trouble making Prezi work. PowerPoint workedsuccessfully on my Dell.
Text polling: DownsidesS Not every student has free texting S Work around: Put students in groups of twoS Can take time to run smoothlyS Crafting good questions is paramount
Text polling: Service providersS Text the Mob (www.textthemob.com) S Requires account S Free plan: S Allows you three questions,50 responses per question S Ad-supported S Pro plan ($5 per month): S Allows you 10 questions, 200 responses per question S No ads S Still in Beta (so changes can come to platform)
Text polling: Service providersS Poll Everywhere (www.polleverywhere.com) S Requires account S Free plan: S Unlimited questions, 40 responses per question S Individual plan ($15 per month) S Unlimited questions, 50 responses per question S Allows you to identify users S Plans available for students ($14 per year) and educators ($399 per semester, no cost to students)
Poll Everywhere: Tips and tricksS Wait until everyone is in the classroom.S Hide responses until most students have answered.S Change your instruction based on feedbackS Make sure students know it’s voluntaryS Remind students to put phones away afterward(Rimland and Whiteside)
Poll Everywhere: ResourcesS November Learning blog S Introducing Poll EverywhereS Ohio University Libraries website S Poll Everywhere video tutorial (3 parts)S MERLOT website S Poll Everywhere – Peer ReviewS Handout from workshop S Poll Everywhere Tutorial - Adelphia University
Works CitedS Burkhardt, Andy, and Sarah Faye Cohen. "The Librarian Says, Turn Your Cell Phones On!" Lecture. New England Library Instruction Group Conference. Lowell, MA. 3 June 2011. Information Tyrannosaur. Andy Burkhardt, 6 June 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S "Engage Your Audience." Text the Mob. Urban Interactive Studio, 2010. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S "How Poll Everywhere Works." Poll Everywhere. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S Novicki, Andrea. "Instant Class Feedback without Clickers." Center for Instructional Technology. Duke University, 21 Apr. 2011. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.S Kim, Dong-gook. "Using Google Forms for Student Engagement and Learning." EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34.1 (2011). Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S Byrne, Richard. "OMG! Texting In Class?." School Library Journal 57.3 (2011): 16. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 Feb. 2012.S "Poll Everywhere." MERLOT. California State University, 25 Oct. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S Rimland, Emily, and Alice Whiteside. "What Is Poll Everywhere?" Penn State University Libraries. 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.S "Seven Things You Should Know About Clickers." EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. EDUCAUSE, May 2005. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.S "Text the Mob." MERLOT. California State University, 9 Jan. 2012. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.
Contact informationS Elizabeth Price S Librarian/adjunct instructor S Jefferson Community and Technical College, Downtown Library S firstname.lastname@example.org S (502) 213-2142 S Professional blog (will be updated with today’s session soon): http://web2point0intheclassroom.blogspot.com/