Category Archives: Audience response and backchannel tools

Tools used to gain live audience reponses and/or build a backchannel.

01 – Twitter

Twitter-Logo (1)

Twitter is useful for professional networking, for news and updates as well as a backchannel in conferences and for real-time chats using hashtags.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websitehttps://twitter.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks, audienceresponse

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 1  2014: 1 2013: 1  2012: 1  2011: 1  2010: 1  2009: 1  2008: 11  2007: 43=

Comments from some of those who selected Twitter as one of their Top Tools

“I have learned more in my professional life through Twitter in the past six-and-a-half years than in the previous 30 years. For me Twitter gives access to smart people who provide an enormous wealth of information and insight through their commentary and links to research, articles and other resources.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“Twitter for learning, connecting, sharing & curating” Kandy Woodfield, 2015

“It’s amazing how much you can learn in 140 characters”  Brian Washburn, 2015

“home to my PLN as well as regular chats and curation efforts …” JD Dillon, 2015

“Easily, my top choice. It’s so simple: follow amazing people = learn amazing things.” David Glow, 2015

“I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter.” Clark Quinn, 2015

17 – Kahoot

kahoot

Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system – for schools, universities and businesses.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websitewww.getkahoot.com 
Categories:  classroomaudienceresponse

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 17  2014: 81  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Kahoot as one of their Top Tools

Kahoot is a great way to engage students. It provides real-time results that can be downloaded for offline use.” 2015

“I used this for reviews last year effectively” 2015

32 – Socrative

socrative

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websitehttp://socrative.com/
Categories:  classroomaudienceresponse

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 32  2014: 72  2013: 72  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Socrative as one of their top tools

“another formative assessment tool. Very UNglitchy. Does not give teacher information after each response, but good for exit tickets, and for having students complete individually–you can view the reports later” Nicole Naditz, 2014

“nice for interaction during training”  Paul Jacobs, 2013

79 – Poll Everywhere

poll

Poll Everywhere is an easy way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, etc –  using SMS, web, or Twitter.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Hosted
Websitehttps://www.polleverywhere.com/
Categories: audienceresponseclassroom

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 79  2014: 70  2013: 75  2012: 75  2011: 82=  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Poll Everywhere as one of their top tools

“Even if you’re working with an audience that you don’t feel would take too kindly to being invited to participate in your next presentation, this is such a non-threatening technology to incorporate into your presentation – whether in front of 20 people of 2,000 people. It’s a web-based survey tool that can be embedded into PowerPoint and which will display poll results on the large screen, in real time, as your participants vote (or type in short answers) using their smart phones or texting feature of a not-so-smart phone.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“The PollEverywhere service provides an excellent way to both gather real-time input from students, as well as assess their understanding. I like how many ways there are for students to engage (tablet, phone, text/SMS).” Bonnie Stachowiak, 2015

88 – TodaysMeet

todaysmeet

TodaysMeet lets you set up a backchannel. for an event. It gives you a private chat room where you and your audience can have a conversation together.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websitehttps://todaysmeet.com/
Categories:  classroomaudienceresponse, weblivechat

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2017: 88  2014: 93  2013: 85  2012: –  2011: –  2010: – 2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Todays Meet as one of their top tools

“I just love being able to open up a backchannel on the fly. I do this at quite a few events I run.” 2015

“The simplist and easiest way to start the conversation and have your voice heard”  Naom Harm, 2013

“!regularly use this tool when Twitter is not appropriate to create a backchannel” Kim Kingdom, 2013

97 – Mentimeter

mentimeter

Mentimeter is a cloud-based tool that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time.

Cost: Free and premium plans
Available: Hosted
Websitewww.mentimeter.com/
Categories:  classroomaudienceresponse
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 97  2014: –  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from those who selected Mentimeter as one of their Top Tools

“I use Mentimeter (pro version) constantly workshops and presentations for activating previous knowledge, to identify beliefs or opinions, or to start discussions.” WIlfred Rubens, 2015

OMBEA

Our audience response system displays live feedback on people’s opinions and knowledge. It’s super-easy to use with your Microsoft PowerPoint slides for voting, engagement and assessment.

Cost: Commercial
Available: Hosted
Websitehttp://www.ombea.com/
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –
Categories:  classroomaudienceresponse