Over the years, Markus and I have been asked which technology tools let students present questions in real time while allowing the instructor to decide what questions to answer and when to answer them. In April 2018, we presented one possible solution, Google Slides Q&A. While Google Slides Q&A is a great tool, it is limited to the Google Suite platform. This may or may not work in some classroom situations or for some instructors. Therefore, if you are still looking for a technology tool that allows students to submit real-time questions during class while giving you the option for what questions to answer and when Sli.do is a great tool!
Sli.do lets you engage students with traditional features such as live polls and surveys. However, it also lets you use a crowdsourcing approach to obtain questions and ideas from your students. In Sli.do, Polls refer to a single question that can be integrated into your presentation for immediate student feedback. This technique can be helpful when introducing new concepts or connecting concepts together. Surveys, on the other hand, let you group multiple questions together so that students can answer a series of questions at one time. The survey approach may be useful to close a class session or as a test preparation tool.
The Questions feature in Sli.do lets students submit questions in real-time while simultaneously allowing other students to view the submitted questions and vote on the questions they find useful. Polls, surveys, and questions can be submitted anonymously, or students can identify themselves by name. Sli.do gives all students a voice in class. Additionally, the Questions voting feature gives instructors a way to identify and prioritize key areas that need further explanation.
Ideas is a new feature in Sli.do. It allows the instructor to create a topic that students can “brainstorm” about before class, during class or after class. Like some social media platforms, the Ideas responses can be limited by word count. Instructors can set response limits to 160, 240 or 300 words.
Sli.do is easy to use and seamlessly integrates with PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or Google Slides by using the free Switcher app. The Switcher app also lets you control the presentation from your smartphone if desired. If you are using Slack (January 2018) with your classes, Sli.do allows your students to ask questions and engage with the Ideas feature directly through Slack.
Connecting to Sli.do with a laptop or smartphone is as easy as going to https://www.sli.do/. Just provide students with your event code and they can join right from the Sli.do home page. There is nothing to download or install.
A Sli.do event can be active during class or for up to seven days. Sli.do is perfect for staying connected with your students outside of class as well as engaging online learners.
Do you teach classes larger than 40? Have you found some polling solutions a bit limited for your needs? Sli.do can accommodate the larger classes. The maximum participation cap for Sli.do is 1,000 students, even with the free version!
Wondering which version of Sli.do is for you? Sli.do’s free version allows three polls and one topic per event as well as themed templates for customization, presentation integration with Switcher, training videos, online FAQ’s and 24/5 online support. However, there is a paid version (single educator) for $75 per year that provides several additional benefits. For instance, (1) the ability to review and moderate questions before students see them; (2) the ability for the instructor or students to comment on questions or ideas; (3) data analytics (event or account) that can be viewed, analyzed or shared; and (4) the ability to export data to Excel or PDFs. You may find these additional benefits are worth the investment. If your school has available resources, there are also department and institutional education pricing plans.
Also, the following links are short videos that can help you get started:
Sli.do Questions: https://www.sli.do/features-questions
Sli.do Polls: https://www.sli.do/features-polls
Sli.do Ideas: https://www.sli.do/features-ideas
Sli.do Analytics: https://www.sli.do/features-analytics
Sli.do Switcher: https://www.sli.do/switcher
Sli.do Integrations: https://www.sli.do/features-integrations
Sli.do/Slack Integration: https://www.sli.do/slack-intergration
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