GoSoapBox is a webbased quiz- discussion- and evaluation tool, which can be used on both PC, Mac and smartphones. It makes it possible, in an easy way, to evaluate student learning, to engage students and to create dialogue in the classroom. The tool combines the functions of tools like TodaysMeet and Socrative, and is suited for use within a monological and a dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, GoSoapBox can be used by the teacher to ensure, that the learners have understood the key concepts of the subject. It may for example be by means of a quiz, which students must answer individually using their computer or smartphone, after which the teacher can see which students have responded correctly to the questions. This use of the application offers a good opportunity to evaluate and organise teaching, so that all learners reach the learning objectives.
In the monological form of teaching, it is also possible to use the 'social Q&A’, which allows learners to continuously ask questions about the subject – to the teacher as well as to each other. This function is similar to that of TodaysMeet, but GoSoapBox, however, provide space for 250 characters in each post, where Today Meet only leaves room for 140 characters.
In the dialogical form of teaching GoSoapBox can be used as a springboard for dialogue on class. The teacher can ask a written question to the class (the function 'Discussion'), and ask the learners to write their individual answers to the question in the Soap Box. The answers will then be displayed on the blackboard (it is possible to make the responses anonymous, which would ensure that more students dare speak out), and a dialogue can be started around the answers.
It is not free to use GoSoapBox (it costs from $7.50 per month for one teacher), but one has the opportunity to try it out and assess, if one finds it better than a combination of the free tools TodaysMeet and Socrative.