Voting in the classroom

Shakespeak

Shakespeak is an online voting system that enables students to vote with their own device such as mobile phone, tablet or laptop. This makes Shakespeak highly suitable for use in large-scale lectures. Shakespeak can be used for asking open questions and multiple choice questions. Students can also give a short explanation for their answer.

You can use Shakespeak for

  • Having polls and quizzes during class;
  • Asking open questions;
  • Showing the answers and results directly in your presentation.

How to get access?

Shakespeak is installed on every pc in UvA classrooms. You can also install Shakespeak on your laptop through this website. Please note: Shakespeak only works on Windows computers with MS Powerpoint installed.

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Presenterswall

Just like Shakespeak, Presenterswall is also an online voting tool. However, this tool does not use PowerPoint as hosting software – it is operated via an internet browser (both MAC and Windows-based), making it a flexible and easy-to-use tool.

You can use Presenterswall for:

  • Having polls and quizzes during class;
  • Asking for comments (for instance, during the break of your lecture, students can comment on a discussed topic, asking for more information or venting their own thoughts and ideas);
  • Compare the results of two poll/quizz outcomes, for intance at the beginning and at the end of your lecture.

How to get access?

There are (a limited number of) test-accounts available for those interested. Please e-mail us for more information.

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Turning Point Voting Boxes

By using voting devices during the lecture, students can answer anonymously on multiple choice questions. This stimulates active involvement. At the Faculty of Science, we have TurningPoint voting devices without a display.

You can use Turning point voting boxes for:

  • Having polls and quizzes during class;
  • Showing the answers and results directly in your presentation.

How to get access?

You can make a reservation for the voting devices at: http://starfish.innovatievooronderwijs.nl/information/211/

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Kahoot!

Kahoot is an online tool that can be used for quizzes, discussions and surveys inside the classroom. Creating a ‘Kahoot’ is easy and intuitive. Students can compete individually or in teams, using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It is a fun way to activate students and to create excitement and engagement. It can also help you to find out what topics the students are struggling with, so that more attention can be payed to those topics, inside or outside the classroom.

You can use Kahoot in the classroom for:

  • Activating students with quizzes, surveys and discussions;
  • Finding out what topics need to be paid more attention to;
  • Introducing a competitive (team) element to online quizzes.

How to get access?

Visit the website of Kahoot for more information.

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Mentimeter

Mentimeter is a web-based voting and quizzing tool that can be used to measure student understanding, or hear about opinions on certain topics. You can create slides in which students are asked to answer questions. Students participate using their laptop, smartphone or tablet. Results can be shown real time in the presentation.

You can use Mentimeter for:

  • Asking the audience to answer different question types: multiple choice (voting or quizzing), choosing from images, scale questions, open questions, ‘100 points method’, 2 by 2 matrix;
  • Adding words to a word cloud;
  • Allowing the audience to react to every slide in the presentation.

How to get access?

Please see the mentimeter how-to web page. Please note the UvA does not have a license, so you are limited in the number of questions you can present.

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