Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 19 - InfuseLearning





Today's tool is called InfurseLearning. InfuseLearning tools any mobile device into a student response system. You can hear me talk about InfuseLearning on Flipped Learning Podcast #18: Quinn Barreth Flipping Without Video.

What I like:
It's a great tool because it works on any platform. This allows EVSC teachers to use our 1:1 device and give the students with devices in the shop an iPad and never miss a beat. It's very easy to use and can be set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on the fly. However, if you want to put in your class rosters and make it more structured, it does that too.

I also like the variety of questions you can ask. You can do open response, multiple choice, sort/order, ranking, and even draw response.

Demo:
Here is a quick youtube video I made for my teachers. You can also find this video on my YouTube channel.


How I've used it and seen it used:
I've used it in PD sessions to get audience feedback and I've been in teachers classrooms when they've used it to collect formative assessment data.

What I'd like to see:
I think it'd be cool if I could relinquish control to a student. I just think it'd be neat if a student had a question and could ask it to the class and then have a record of the data from his or her peers' thoughts and ideas.

Your Challenge:

So what do you think? Would you use InfuseLearning in your classroom? Why or why not? If so, how would you use it? What other tools are out there like this one? 

26 comments:

  1. I have seen many sites that allow a student response or poll, but this one might be the first that allows them to draw. This is important since Math Type is sometimes hard for students to use and this could allow them to quickly write answers that have powers etc...

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  2. I have used the structure polleverywhere for ABC type answers. Like Michael says above this one would be good for writing math; I still see the immaturity of our students writing, posting, asking, and answering to be class clowns about it. A colleague of mine tried backchanneling earlier on during this 30 day challenge in a primarily senior/junior level class and they couldn't handle it. I find using the poll or survey on MBC is the wayfor me right now. When we first went 1:1 I used polleverywhere with any device and kids answered the poll half the time.

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  3. Our younger students are very used to the clickers. After watching the video, my first idea was having our students use this to document visual images when we are introducing them to the reading strategy of sensory images. While crayons and paper might be easier, I think the opportunity to respond on the iPad would be a big motivator.

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  4. We've also used polleverywhere and TodaysMeet along with the polling function on our weebly site. I like the wide variety of question options offered by InfuseLearning. Because we don't have clickers, we're always looking for something to mimic that experience. We could use InfuseLearning during our sessions of Mock Congress when we vote on the passage of a bill, especially if we could display the teacher view to show how each member voted on the bill.

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  5. This looks neat! I like the variety of question choices InfuseLearning offers. Finally something that would work with writing math! I wonder if I could use this for a Heather Hart Math Poker game to prevent students from cheating and to ensure that everyone is participating. I've used polleverywhere and kids like it at first, and then they start getting silly and stop answering the questions appropriately.

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  6. Wow! Love the thoughtful ideas you all have! Here is a link to a resource to help you make the most of your InfuseLearning experience http://edcvs.co/V94UuH. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to connect with us on Twitter @infuselearning anytime!

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  7. This came at just the right time for me. We are learning how to draw lewis dot structures within the next couple of days. I am excited to use the draw option. I can give them a molecule to draw, and then be able to see everyone's response right away. It will be very helpful for me to see who gets it and who doesn't. I'm sure I'll be using this frequently.

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  8. I often find myself wishing I had clickers so I could check student's understanding, but this solves that problem. I can only ever get a handful of students to actually volunteer answers when I'm checking to see that everyone is getting the material. I will definitely give this a try in class. I really like the open response because I tend to ask open-ended questions.

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  9. We have used this at my school and I find it to be great for anything from getting quick student responses like the clickers to quick assessments to exit tickets. Great tool!

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  10. I like this a lot. I use socrative to get this type of feedback in my classroom frequently. This would be great tool to use as well!! Seems like another great tool to add to our toolbox! Thanks, Brett!

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  11. This looks like something I'd try in the future. It has many possibilities for a math classroom. I've used mentameter before...this could replace that.

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  12. We do not have clickers or a one to one in my grade level. So, we do things old school with paper pencil and dry erase boards to answer exit tickets and responses. I can see using InfuseLearning for exit tickets in either Science or Social Studies. I like the draw feature since much of our Science requires technical drawings. We have IChecks with our Science kits. I could see putting those into this and using it instead. Now if we only had one to one :)

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  13. I do use our set of clickers in the elmentary classroom whenever I can. However, as a math teacher, I like the idea of getting responses easily other than multiple choices. The clickers will do text, but math symbols can be difficult. I like the idea of quickly taking a poll of the class to use for graphing in math also. Wish we all had iPads to use!

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  14. I really like this program! I have not used clickers mostly because of the question type limitation. That's not an issue with this program, and the drawing feature is a huge plus! I could use this for review, quick data collection, vocab practice... lots of possibilities! Thank you for sharing this!

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  15. I can see lots of uses for this is math. I like the fact that they are able to draw responses. We are getting ready to start slope and I can see giving them an exit question that asks them to draw a certain kind of slope.

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  16. Just wanted to update my post from yesterday. I created a "quiz" for tomorrow's warm up in geometry and am excited to use this. Most of my students have net books, those that don't.... will violate the school's "no phone" policy and let them pull out their smart phones. Can't wait to see if this works!

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  17. I could see this as a good way to do warm-ups or exit polls that are more than just a multiple choice or true false. I really like the draw option. I think if you have them put words to their own drawings they remember better.

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  18. Wow! I love ways that each student can respond. This would work well for students who communicate better drawing a picture. They can each respond and not feel like only one student knows all the answers or that they can be lazy and let that one student answer all the questions. I think I will try this.

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  19. I have often wished I had clickers for response especially in the younger grades. I may have to bring in a set of ipads and try this for a special project, and I will suggest it to those classes that are using them. We are not 1:1, but have some classes using sets of ipads. In my older classes and computer lab, this would work nicely. I am just trying to think how would it integrate with My Big Campus, or just be a separate link to collect data. Either way, it is always good to have collection at your fingertips!

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  20. Our iPads will arrive soon, and I can't wait to use the draw feature with my students during math!

    I have used Todaysmeet, polleverywhere, and the polling feature on my Weebly site, but those are limited. The feature that makes this tool most appealing is the drawing. I will be able to see my students' thinking. I love that!

    I will definitely be giving this a try when our iPads land in our students' hands.

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  21. Wow! Super program. If I had a class of Ipads or the students had netbooks, I could incorporate this program to use in the classroom. It's hard when you don't have all the available technology you need to make something a success.

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  22. I wish this were built into Activ Inspire. I don't have clickers, but I do have kids with phones! It would be more usable if it were built into my daily-use program.

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  23. Specific idea - Anticipation Guide before reading! We could do individual responses, discuss for consensus, read, re-poll.

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  24. I definitely agree that exit polls or anticipation guides would suit very well in this case, especially for English/Literature! Fortunately, we do have 1:1 in my building--some of my kids are even BYOD when their netbooks are in the shop--and this would be phenomenal since everyone can access! I've used Socrative and Polleverywhere for things like this, as others have mentioned, but I think the function and accessibility here are great options.

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  25. I have attended webinars where polling software was used; however, I have not seen it used with students. I, too, envision this to take the place of clickers with the students. It is a very affordable option for schools as it is free to teachers and students.

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  26. The way my classroom is set up with tables, it is sometimes hard for students to hear each others' responses - I like the idea of all of them being able to respond and for me to quickly be able to check for understanding.

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