Many people have been asking us to add a feature to SchoolVue to incorporate a "game show" style of teaching and make the learning environment even more fun for the students. Our latest version of SchoolVue, released on August 1st, now includes this great functionality, among other new features.
The Question and Answer Module is a unique collaborative tool that enables teachers to reinforce key learning points and instantly gauge student understanding during a lesson.
Built around current teaching practices for the continual assessment of learning, the feature allows a teacher to verbally ask questions to the class, gauge student answers and understanding, introduce new questioning styles to the lesson (such as basketball questioning), develop peer assessment opportunities, as well as track rewards against both the individual and, where appropriate, teams.
The new feature includes the following options:
First to Answer
When the question has been asked, the teacher can set a 'thinking time' after which students indicate if they know the answer and the teacher's desktop shows the order in which students answered. The teacher can choose the 'top x' fastest responders and the quickest student is asked for their answer. The teacher confirms if right or wrong and has the option to bounce the question to subsequent students. Points can be awarded or deducted.
Enter an Answer
The teacher enters the answer to a question in advance and students are prompted for their response. Results are instantly displayed to the class and points awarded or deducted.
An alternative to First to Answer, the teacher can involve a number of randomly selected students.
Students can be placed in teams allowing them to compete for rewards as a group. Teams can be created randomly or students can pick a team to join. Each team member enters their answer and the group's combined total is displayed.
This encourages students to give feedback in response to an answer given by one of their classmates. They indicate if the answer given was correct or incorrect and the teacher's screen displays the results.
To ensure all students are involved equally in the process, the teacher can choose to exclude specific students - those that have already answered a question correctly - from the next round of questioning.
If you would like to see this feature in action, join us for a Webinar on August 22nd!