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Top 5 Student Response Systems that Work on Multiple Platforms

by Jonathan Emmen on September 10, 2015

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These Multi-Platform Tools for Interactive Classroom Learning are Fun, Powerful, and Free!

If there are two things that students crave, they are convenience and connectivity. These are the reasons why students love student response systems that work on their devices. They feel connected with the rest of the world because they have access to their devices, and they can engage in learning in a way that feels natural and convenient to them.

Student response systems have morphed over the years from simple ‘clicker’ systems to web based apps that work with a multitude of devices and operating systems. Here are the 5 best student response systems that interface with multiple devices.

5. Kahoot

Kahoot is a utility that allows teachers to create quizzes and surveys, and then send them to students. This delivery and response system has a lot of great features. These include the ability embed pictures and videos into the questions. Teachers may allow students an unlimited amount of time to respond to questions, or they may set a time limit on each questions. Points are awarded to students both for correct answers and for responding quickly with those correct responses. Teachers can track students as they make progress. Unlike other student response systems, Kahoot does not require that students create an account. Instead, the teacher simply provides a pin number that the student will use to access the survey or quiz. Kahoot works on any device that supports a web browser.

4. Socrative

Socrative works excellently both for students working on their own or for students who are collaborating with one another. Socrative offers several different ways for instructors to engage their students. There are space races in which students can compete in teams or as individuals to answer questions as quickly and accurately as possible. Polls allow instructors to receive student feedback. Formative assessments can be created ahead of time and delivered when needed, or teachers can have students questions to answer on the fly. In addition to intuitive interfaces on the students’ end and the teacher dashboard, Socrative has rich reporting features that allows teachers to accurately assess where students are succeeding and where they need extra help. Socrative is accessible via the web and works on any web enabled device.

3. Infuse Learning

[Sorry, we just learned that Infuse Learning stopped doing business a few months back! How embarrassing (: . A reader suggested GoFormative in the comments as an alternative and we agree that it absolutely worth checking out! – Ed.]
Infuse learning
is (was!) an excellent student response system for teachers who must support students with a variety of learning styles. With infusion a teacher can create questions, quizzes and writing prompts and send them to students who are participating in virtual classrooms or in an online learning program. What makes Infuse Learning unique is that it allows the teacher to give the student multiple response options. For example, a student can be given the option to type a written response, select from a range of choices, answer true or false, or they can respond with a picture or diagram. Infuse Learning is free and can be used on any device that can access the internet.

2. Quiz Socket

Quiz socket is an excellent student response tool for in classroom use. Quiz Socket is an internet based utility. The teacher creates an assessment and then allows the students to access the assessment by visiting quizsocket.com and entering in a pass code. The teacher controls the pace of the assessment. This gives the teacher the ability to ensure that all students have been given the chance to respond before continuing. It also gives time for classroom discussions to occur while the quiz is being administered to the students. Students can access the assessment from their end with mobile devices, tablets, notebooks, or desktop computers.

1. Verso

This is a free utility that teachers can use to create virtual classrooms. Verso works with the teacher’s Google Drive account. This means that links, files, videos, images, and documents from the instructor’s Google Drive can be added to the Verso classroom for students to access. Students who enter the classroom will be shown new items that have been added to the classroom since their last visit. One of the best features of Verso is that students do not need to leave the Verso environment to access any of the materials. Even videos can be viewed directly from the classroom. Verso is an excellent system for self-paced learning. Students can progress through the various materials at their own pace via the student dashboard.

 

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Ceren October 19, 2016 at 9:52 am

Thanks for this article! You have introduced me to several learning tool that I haven’t heard of. QuizGame is also a good alternative. It can both be used in or outside of the classroom.

David Kwan October 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Thanks for the recommendation Vicki! Let us know if you have any questions!- David, Formative Community Manager

Thierry October 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

“Je Leve La Main” response system works on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. It is 100% online and you can evaluate students, live or on demand sessions. Also add pdf docs, videos, images, sound in your questions.

Very simple to use. A platform shares all quizzes so teachers can compare their performance with far away classes

http://www.jelevelamain.fr/en/

Free to try

Bill Junkin September 11, 2015 at 8:20 am

IPAL = In-class Polling for All Learners is a Moodle module for polling and it has the IPAL App for both the iPhone and the Android platform. Everything is free and allows for polling with both multiple choice and essay questions for schools using the Moodle LMS. (https://moodle.org/plugins/view/mod_ipal)

Jonathan Emmen September 11, 2015 at 2:26 am

Vicki, thanks for your comment. You\’re totally right, goformative can be great alternative.
Thanks again.

Kelly Walsh September 10, 2015 at 10:59 am

Thanks Vicki! I am afraid I didn’t catch that when I reviewed this guest post – Jonathan and I will get this updated ASAP. In the meanwhile, I think GoFormative is a great tool to consider!

Vicki Curtis September 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

Quick note: Infuse Learning shut down in the spring of 2015, but a great alternative is Formative which also allows for drawing responses. https://goformative.com

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