Tag Archives: participation

The Minutes Before Class Begins

Many of us arrive to our classrooms without time to spare.  We then concentrate on taking attendance, turning on the computer and projector, or reviewing our lecture notes. Meanwhile, our students sit silently, gazing at their phones.  We may not … Continue reading

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Gather Student Feedback with ClassKick, Plickers, & GoSoapBox

When you teach, do you encounter this scenario? Instructor:  “Does anyone have any questions?” Students: blank stares and shaking heads Instructor: “So it all makes sense?” Students: blank stares and nodding heads Based on this nonverbal feedback, you assume the … Continue reading

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Easy Brainstorming and Voting with Tricider

There have been many times during my teaching career that I’ve wanted to gather my students’ input to make decisions.  Would they be amenable to a due date change on their upcoming paper?  What resolution would they like to research … Continue reading

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Feedback Fast!

UPDATE 4/13/2016: Unfortunately, Feedback Fast is no longer available in the U.S. app store. Have you ever given a speech, perhaps a conference presentation or sales pitch, and desperately wished you knew what the audience was thinking? The FREE app … Continue reading

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“Anyone? Bueller?” Increasing Participation using Poll Everywhere

If you’re a hardcore John Hughes fan, you’ve probably seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) a zillion times.  Thus, you probably know that Ben Stein’s character, an economics professor, never actually says “Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?”  Instead, he says these … Continue reading

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