Tricider – more than just a polling tool

I came across this very recently and only looked at it more closely after work today.

Tricider  is a very simple tool. It is easy to use, but also seems very versatile. The other good thing is that you do not need to register to use it. Teachers could easily use this with students to:

  •  take a poll
  • challenge students to brainstorm ideas for projects
  •  to create a debate/discussion on a topic
  •  or to assist when working on group projects

 All you need to do is create a question and then add some options. The next step is to share it with others, in my case students, by sending the link by email, Twitter, or Facebook. .

They can add extra options, propose solutions, provide arguments for an idea or add various pros and cons of each option. At the end they vote for the best idea. This makes the whole process of polling much more open, social and interactive.

There is a how-to video here and although the sound is not great, you can follow the directions via the screen shots.

This could also be used by staff groups to make decisions, without having to have another meeting, by proposing ideas, evaluating them and then voting for them. (without the need of being in the same room)

Note: The responses are not moderated, but it seems as though originator can delete them if required to.

Useful sites (weekly)

  • 10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports – The post offers alternatives to the more traditional book reports. “Writing book reports are often dreaded by students after reading a book. They can kill a book or kill a love of reading. Alternative include: creating a cartoon, creating a short video clip about the book, or advertising the book in their own way.

  • Article on 7 Jun 2011 by John Hattie (Director of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education) He was formerly a Professor of Education at Auckland University where he produced the high influential book ‘visible learning’ “Finally we need to consider alternative ways of teacher education. The current teacher training model is bankrupt and a disruptive model is needed to show a better way. Maybe it is the Melbourne MTeach model, but whatever the new model there is a need for more exciting and effective ways to educate teachers across their teaching life. After school sessions, warm tea, and cold seats are a poor basis for learning. Perhaps those claiming to be involved are funded only if they can show, with the teachers, that they have demonstrable gains on the students’ learning from the professional development provided. John Hattie is the Director of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education he was formerly a Professor of Education at Auckland University where he produced the high influential book ‘visible learning’.

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Useful sites (weekly)

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The state of education or the perils of watching daytime television

Again, being home I have time to watch some tv. I put on ABC24 the news station and found…our parliament in full flight. It was very difficult to hear the politicians talk about the great things they have been doing for education; the National Curriculum tht still has not been agreed to by all the states, the website set up for parents to get a better understanding of schools and their child’s progress (statistics that can show many things and nothing) and how good the introduction of national testing is. They are such experts on education I don’t know why we need teachers at all!

I have ranted about this before and I have not changed my attitude to this so I got so annoyed, listening to the glib  statements and the smirks of the politicians, that I put on a commercial station only to hear an labour election advertisement with our Premier talking about how well he understood teaching, after all he had been one in another life, and what is government has been doing for schools and students. Time to switch off the television I thought. This is not making feel better or rested.

I watched the video below that seems to put things into perspective.

Useful sites (weekly)

The Collaboration Cycle by superkimbo in BKK The image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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