Frequently, Markus and I are asked about the best technology to manage student Q&A’s during class. In April 2018, we discussed Google Slides Q&A as a technology tool that allows students to ask questions as they occur while letting the instructor decide about the best time to answer those questions. This month we want to introduce another Q&A management technology and learning assessment tool called GoSoapBox.
GoSoapBox is a real-time response system that not only allows instructors to effectively manage student Q&A’s, but also provides students an opportunity to prioritize which questions are the “muddiest points”. Questions with more student votes, move up the Q&A list. This makes it easy for the instructor to visually determine which questions to answer in the current class session, the next class session, or through the course Learning Management System (LMS).
Another GoSoapBox feature is the Confusion Barometer. The Confusion Barometer lets students indicate when they need more clarification about a topic. The Confusion Barometer provides the instructor with immediate visual feedback about the student learning happening in class. It also allows the instructor to easily identify the number of students who may be confused.
In addition to GoSoapBox’s Q&A feature, additional functions include polling, quizzing, and discussions. GoSoapBox combines a lot of standalone technology features into one, easy to use technology tool. Need support? GoSoapBox offers a free Support Center with FAQs or there is also a Contact Us option.
Like most of the technology tools Markus and I discuss, GoSoapBox has a free version for classes of 30 or less. If you teach larger class sections, there are upgrade options available: (1) Medium classes (31-75), (2) Large classes (76-150) and (3) Huge classes (151 – 400) classes. Markus and I tend to have students work a lot in groups; therefore, the free version of GoSoapBox would accommodate up to 30 groups.
GoSoapBox is a cloud-based application and will work on almost all devices that can access a web browser; such as laptops, desktops, Macs, Windows, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Androids, etc. There is nothing for students to download, install or sign up for. Instructor’s simply set up an “event” that students can join, then provide students with the event access code.
If you are looking for a way to give all students a voice as well as keep track of the learning pulse in your classroom, GoSoapBox is a great tool to add to your teaching toolbox. GoSoapBox removes some of the barriers of student engagement and provides instructors with a real-time understanding of student comprehension and learning needs.
Are you ready to try GoSoapBox? Visit https://app.gosoapbox.com/ to get started!
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