Quizlet in Education

Quizlet is a web-based service, which makes it possible to create sets of ' flashcards ' with questions and corresponding answers, or with concepts and their definitions. Quizlet can be used to develop students' understanding of concepts and their knowledge on certain subjects, and is suitable for use in the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.

Quizlet

In the monologic form of teaching, Quizlet may be used to train and test students in understanding various concepts. The teacher can, on the page here choose from a wide variety of flash cards, developed by other teachers. It is possible to copy a set of flashcards to your own account, and then edit it, and adapt it to your own teaching, and you may also create your own flashcards from scratch, and share them with other teachers on Quizlet. It is also possible to add voice to a set of flash cards, and to upload a set of flash cards from a Word document.

When you have prepared a set of flashcards, you can share the link with students. Students can then work with the flashcards in several ways. For example, they can work with them as a game, where they must match the various concepts with their definitions, and they can run the flashcards as a test, which is automatically generated from the full set of flashcards.

Within the dialogical form of teaching you can let students explore the many flashcards already to be found on Quizlet, and let them develop their own flashcards, on which they write different words and concepts and their definitions. Students can then share their flashcards with the teacher and other students. It is possible to comment on a set of flashcards, which gives the teacher the opportunity to guide students in their work.

It's free to use Quizlet, which is also available as an iPhone App. It is possible to use the existing flash cards without creating a profile, but if you want to copy and edit existing, or create your own sets of flashcards, you need to create a free profile. This can also. be done using an existing Facebook profile. If you want to try Quizlet in your teaching, there's technical support to find on the website here.

Tricider in Education

Tricider is a web-based tool to generate and evaluate ideas and to support class discussions. It allows students to discuss various topics online, and it gives them (and the teacher) the opportunity to evaluate each argument in the discussion. The tool is suitable for use within a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching.

Tricider i undervisningen

In the dialogical form of teaching Tricider can be used to support students' discussions of various topics. Students' ability to argue in writing, and their ability to discuss each argument in the discussion, may help to support, that more will be heard in the discussion, while the arguments remain afterwards and can be deepened orally subsequent. It is possible to let students post their arguments in preparation for class, and one may shut down the ability to contribute to the discussion at a specific time.

In the polyphonic form of teaching Tricider can serve as a tool for students' generation- and rating of ideas. The teacher can ask students to each present 2 to 3 ideas in the tool, and then ask students to argue for and against their own and other students' ideas. The tool may be used in this way when starting a project work in groups.

Tricider is free to use, and it doesn't require a login. You can share space with other discussion by using the ' Share and Invite ' button, and subscribe to the discussion-room, so that you receive an email when a new argument is posted.

You can see a video about the features of Tricider here.

GoSoapBox in Education

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.

GoSoapBox

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, it is also possible to use the function ' Social Q&A ', which allows the learners can ask questions to the teaching – both to the instructor and 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 put a written question to the class (the ' Discussion '), and ask the learners to write their individual answers to the question in the Soap Box. The answers will then be shown on the Board (it is possible to make responses anonymous, which can ensure that more dare utter it), 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.

Besides the introduction one gets when registering on the site, there is help and instructions available here, if you wish to try GoSoapBox .

Evernote in Education

Evernote is a free tool for taking notes and for documentation, that works across many different platforms. The tool is free to use, and requires only that one creates an account. Evernote is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical form of teaching.

Evernote i undervisningen

Within the dialogical form of teaching it is obvious to let students use Evernote as an individual note tool. The fact, that the tool works across platforms, for example, students can obtain information to make and maintain their experiences using a smartphone (iOS or Android) when they are out on the field trip, and then elaborate on their experiences afterwards on a laptop in class. It is possible to save images and sound recordings produced with a smartphone in the notes, providing good opportunities to maintain experiences for subsequent processing.

There is a possibility of recognition of the ' ink ' (written on smartphone or tablet), and it is possible to transform speech to text. Additionally, it is possible to create different kinds of lists in Evernote, including a 'check-list', which can be used in students' organization of their individual tasks.

If you need help getting started with Evernote in Education, you can watch this guide.

Bubbl.us in Education

Mind Maps are a powerful tool for generating ideas. Bubbl.us allows to create mind maps in a web-based tool for free, and to let students work together to co-create mind maps in groups. Bubbl.us can be used without registering as a user.

Bubbl.us suitable for use within the dialogical form of teaching.

Bubbl.us i undervisningen

Within the dialogical form of teaching it is obvious to use Bubbl.us as students' individual mind maps, for example to help them generate ideas prior to writing assignments and other tasks. The student may write his ideas into the mind map, and the teacher has the opportunity to read and advise the student from his/her own starting point. The mind map can function as a mean to continuously control the process, and keep the student focused on what was, the initial idea.

It is always possible to export mind maps as a .jpg or .png image.

If you need help getting started with Bubbl.us in teaching and to use the functions of the tool, You can click on ' Help ' in the top right-hand corner of the this page.

Google Docs in Education

Google Docs is a free collaborative writing tool, which gives you and your students an opportunity to work simultaneously in text documents, worksheets, presentations, drawings etc.. The tool is suitable primarily for the polyphonic form of teaching, but it is also possible to use it in a dialogical form of teaching.

Google Docs

In the polyphonic form of teaching the tool is obvious to use. in connection with project work, where students must collaborate in groups, and where you as a teacher want to participate in the process. Google Docs allows the teacher and students to collaborate on the process of writing even if they do not sit in the same room.

In the dialogical form of teaching Google Docs can be used for individual or joint process-writing, where students, individually or jointly write a draft text, and the teacher then gives comments directly in the document, after which students work on the same document to incorporate those of your comments, that they consider relevant. Google Docs enables teacher and students to view the document's history, so that one can see what changes have been made from time to time.

If you need help getting started with Google Docs in education and to exploit the tool's features, the guiden her laese KAN: Getting started with Google Docs in Education.