Agenda Survey: Part 1

I have been taking some time to look through the result of the agenda survey. The goal was to find out what tools students were using and whether or not they were happy with them in order to gage whether we should be investing in a special online agenda, keep the print one or rely on the built-in tools on the iPad.

I surveyed the whole school and received 130 responses.

Here is how many respondents we received by grade:

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The following charts are the results for the whole school.

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Wow. 33% do not use an agenda. It would be interesting to do a follow-up with the students to see how they organize their day…

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The above numbers are a little skewed as we continue to give out a school-provided agenda to the senior grades (as per our gradual iPad roll out plan). What is interesting is the 19% who use a print agenda  as well as online tools. Do they use the online tools for specific tasks? The print one? So many questions…

I can see a flaw in my survey- Those people who do not use an agenda should not have been able to respond to anymore questions. Man, I need to take a course on how to make better surveys…

Tomorrow, we will look at satisfaction and the following days we will break down the data by grade.



rAPPido Review: Nearpod – an app for the 1:1 classroom

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 12.37.15 PMWhat is it?

Nearpod markets itself as an all in one mobile device solution for teachers. It’s motto is ” Create, engage, assess.”

I know, I know. What exactly does that mean? It means that you can upload your presentations, add interactive quizzes, polls, websites, videos, etc. Once you have uploaded your presentation, your students download the app on their devices (in our case, their iPads) and they can follow along with your presentation on their own devices.

Their is a free version as well as a subscription based paid version.

I tried it out by uploading my Traf Reads 2014 presentation.


I could either upload content from my iPad (though it only allowed me to browse files in my camera roll, Dropbox and google drive) or I could use my desktop and simply drag and drop my files.This worked well once I figured out how to get to the screen that allowed me to crewe a new presentation- it wasn’t obvious on their default screen. But now that I have logged back in I am getting a very clear, intuitive screen that tells me exactly where to go, so maybe that was an anomaly…

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After that it was very intuitive, but BEWARE: you have to first convert your presentations into PDFs.

I also tried creating my slides from scratch on nearpod:

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I guess it would do in a pinch, but I personally like having more options.

It is also very easy to add a poll or a quiz:

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For the poll option however, you are only allowed 8 options per question. You can also ask your students to draw something for you. For example, if you have just gone through a geometry concept, you can give your students a problem and ask them to draw their answer and submit it.

Sharing with your students

This is the super easy brilliant part. The students simply need to download the free app and choose the student option:

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They are asked to join a session:

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They can then follow along with your powerpoint on their own device. Here is an image of the student iPad on the left and the teacher iPad on the right:



The students are then asked to sign in so that the teacher can see their responses:

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This is how the quizzes look like to students:

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Nice, elegant interface!

The teacher in the meantime is collecting the results on there device:

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So far, this is the best interactive assessment tool I’ve seen. It is simple and intuitive. The downside is the fact that you can only upload PDFs. It also does not function like an interactive whiteboard like showme or explain everything, nor does there seem to be a recording feature. However, if you have an existing powerpoint you use, this is a great way to go through the slides with your class (as long as it is a 1:1 class). The ability to add assessment tools to your presentation and give them in realtime, as well as the ability to anonymously evaluate your students’ responses, is extremely interesting.

Free Vs. Upgrade

The free version allows you to do quite a bit, but it is limited. The upgrade is a subscription where you have to pay a monthly fee, one that I find a little steep.Here is a screenshot of the different upgrade options:

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 10.18.00 AMIn my opinion, the free version gives you enough to work with.

Nearpod is a very interesting option for delivering content in a 1:1 device classroom. Check it out!


3 Ways To Use Data In The Classroom – Edudemic

When I first clicked on this article I thought they were going to talk about the propensity of open data available to us in this fabulous digital age. I thought it was going to be an article on how to use statistics in the classroom.

Boy, was I wrong.

The data they are talking about is the kind that you collect in real time from your students using a quiz tool like Socrative. I have talked about this subject before, but lately I have seen some renewed interest in this subject- a teacher came to me last week asking about a good tool for this purpose.

The author of the article below makes a very good case for using these tools to gage the level of understanding of her students, or taking a poll and asking them what they feel they need to work on. As a 1:1 school, this tool is particularly appropriate as each student can use their devices and reply to the quiz. Their answers are hidden from their classmates (which hopefully translates into more honest) and the report is immediate which means that it will be very evident who is not understanding and intervention can happen right away.

I would be interested to hear from any teachers who have used an online, interactive quiz tool with their students. Let me know!

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The phrase “using data to drive instruction” is showing up everywhere in education circles lately. Particularly with the incorporation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Survey Apps



Be warned oh teachers at my school! I am in the midst of creating an iPad in the Classroom survey in order to gage our progress with this new fangled device. As I want to ask the questions in person in order to get a better feel for where people are, I am not going to publish it online until I have the results, but I thought the search for an app that can do what I needed was interesting enough to post.

Okay, the word interesting might be stretching it a little…

I ended up using polldaddy, which is the poll tool attached to wordpress ( same company, same account). Although the app allows you to take the survey with a nice clean interface, it does not allow you to create a poll.

Still I came across a couple of good survey making tools, one for teachers but not necessarily exclusive to the iPad:

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And this wiki that lists a bunch of apps for data collecting, survey taking and other statistics related activity:

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I used poll daddy because A: there is a free version B: I wanted to be able to add long answers C: I wanted to be mobile with the survey and collect the answers on my iPad D: because it allowed me to take my survey offline ( I didn’t need to be connected to the internet in order to access it, but I will be able to sync the answers when I am readdy to view the results!)

rAPPido Review: Are they getting it? Poll your class with eclicker

I heard about this when we were discussing the ipad in the school and was really intrigued by it. As I was engaged in one of my extremely unprofessional searches on Google (I typed in innovative ways to use the ipad in education) I came across this slideshow that reminded me of this use and led me to eclicker.

If you are confronting a class full of dazed looks, doodlers and sleepy heads, you can shoot out a quick poll to the class (assuming they all have ipads) and get the answers in realtime to verify who is understanding and who is not.

The eclicker host costs $9.99 and is necessary for the teacher to install. However, to answer a poll the students can download the eclicker app for free.

Some highlighted features:

  • Students can access it through any internet enabled device
  • You can poll up to 32 students at a time
  • You can edit questions on your ipad
  • You can add images to your questions