WHO: Teachers looking to quickly gather responses from students, while easily recognizing most frequent responses. AnswerGarden creates a word cloud of responses submitted by students to a teacher’s question.
HOW: Answer Garden is easy to use, and best of all, does not require an account to use! Teachers simply visit https://answergarden.ch/, click the ‘+’ sign in the top right, and type in a question. Teachers then have the option to set an AnswerGarden Mode: Brainstorm –
Teachers then have the option to set an AnswerGarden Mode:
Brainstorm – respondents can submit an unlimited number of answers, including the same unlimited times
Classroom – respondents can submit an unlimited number of answers, but only submit each answer once
Moderator – each answer is submitted to the teacher for approval
Locked – the garden is locked and no new answers can be submitted
Teachers can choose to allow answer lengths of either 20 or 40 characters, giving the students a feel similar to Twitter. Teachers can also set a password and reminder e-mail, allowing them to fully control the AnswerGarden and edit it later. There are also options for Spam Filter to remove common unwanted answers, set the case (all lowercase, uppercase, or no change), and an option to add local discoverability.
When finished, there are many options to export the word cloud after the session has completed.
WHEN: AnswerGarden would be useful as a bell-ringer, formative assessment, exit ticket, check for understanding, and project brainstorming activity. It allows for a full class discussion of ideas where every student has a voice.