I – Tools to gather students feedback
Form Creation tools
1- Google Forms
Google Forms is Google’s form builder. It is completely free and is integrated with Google Drive suite. Google Forms offers all the required functionalities to help you create your form within minutes. You can start with one of its pre-made form templates or create your form from scratch.
Jotform offers an intuitive drag and drop editor to help you customize your form the way you want. You can simply drag and drop questions and form fields and place them anywhere in the form.
Typeform offers a powerful form builder that enables you to create beautiful forms. You can start with a pre-made form template or build your form from scratch. Typeform uses a smart editor that can anticipate your questions when you start typing and add them automatically. Your forms can include various media types from GIFs to custom designs.
Socrative helps you engage students through formative assessments using quizzes, question polls, exit tickets, and space races. ‘Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction…To get started using Socrative, simply register for a Socrative Teacher account. Your Socrative account will work with other Socrative Apps and via all browsers. Students can connect to your unique room by opening their apps or joining your room on Socrative from any device.’
Slido is another good audience engagement tool that allows you to engage your students using live polls, Q&A, quizzes, surveys, and word clouds. For instance the Q&A feature allows participants to ask their own questions with the option to pose their questions anonymously thus encouraging shy students to take part in class discussions.
Plickers allows you to collect real-time feedback through polls and quizzes. The way it works is simple: ‘just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your Android smartphone or tablet to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com’.
Game-based Feedback tools
Here are some game-based learning tools to use to collect students feedback. The tools allow you to create various types of interactive games and quizzes, collect feedback in real time, analyze performance, and track progress.
Quizizz enables you to create both teacher-paced and student-paced quizzes and lessons. Your quizzes can embed various types of questions (multiple choice, open ended, polls, fill in the blanks, etc.) and media (e.g., images, videos, voice clips, and audio recordings). Quizizz library offers access to a huge collection of ready-made quizzes and lessons spanning several subjects and grades.
Quizalize is a game-based quiz making tool that allows you to enhance students engagement and boost their participation. You can create different types of quizzes either from scratch or using a ready-made template. You can add your questions or import them from a spreadsheet, and set the quiz duration (from 5 seconds to 5 minutes). Your quizzes can include images, audio, text-to-speech, among others.
Quizlet is another clicker app that allow teachers to create game-based quizzes to share with students. It also offers polling and survey making features to use to collect students feedback and test their comprehension. As students submit their responses, you get to access analytic insights regarding their performance.
Blooket is another game-based tool that lets you create a wide range of educational games. You can host live games that students can play using a generated ID or assign games as homework for students to play at their own pace. You can create your own question sets or use ready-made sets created by members of the Blooket community.
Formative assessment tools
A quick formative assessment is another great way to gauge students knowledge and collect their feedback. Here are some tools to help you conduct formative assessments in your class:
1. Socrative Teacher
Socrative Teacher helps you engage students through formative assessments using quizzes, question polls, exit tickets, and space races. ‘Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction…To get started using Socrative, simply register for a Socrative Teacher account. Your Socrative account will work with other Socrative Apps and via all browsers. Students can connect to your unique room by opening their apps or joining your room on Socrative from any device.’
GoFormative is an educational platform that allows teachers to create various types of assignments that students can interact with in real time and across different devices. Teachers can view students responses in real-time and provide timely feedback. GoFomative is an ideal tool for doing formative assessments, and to a certain extent summative assessments as well.
Survey and poll creation tools
Mentimeter is a polling tool that enables you to create interactive presentations and quizzes with real-time voting. The way it works is simple: use the tool’s editor to create interactive slides that contain various question types (e.g., multiple choice, word cloud, open ended, scales, ranking, and Q&A).
2. Poll Everywhere
Pollmaker is easy and simple tool to create and share polls and surveys. First, type in your questions and answers, select a theme or create your own and on the ‘settings tab set options like allowing multiple answers, allowing voters to enter their own answers and much more. Next, click share and copy your poll Vote url to share with voters. You can also hit Embed to place the poll directly on your website or blog.’
Tools to provide feedback to students
Audio feedback tools
Mote is an audio recording tool that allows you to create and share audio notes via Gmail, Google Docs, Slides, Google Forms, and Google Classroom. You can also create audio notes for any website or application by using Mote Chrome extension. Mote audio notes can be transcribed into more than 20 languages including Spanish, English, Arabic, Portuguese, French, among others.
Kaizena allows you to easily insert voice comments into documents. The way it works is easy: you simply highlight parts in the document and click on the record icon to add your audio feedback. Students can reply to your audio feedback and/or share feedback with each other.
Using Kaizena’s Lessons feature you will be able to save your audio and/ or text feedback to re-use in other documents. Lessons also allows you to save any website as a lesson and to automatically embed YouTube videos in your feedback.
In this list I featured a collection of some of the best audio recording apps to use on your mobile devices. These apps will enable you to record audio, access live transcriptions, edit your audio by trimming and cutting parts, mix audio recordings, add textual notes, save your recordings to the cloud or share them via email or on social media websites and many more.