WHO: Teachers that are looking for an exciting way to engage their students in the classroom.
HOW: Set up on the Qball is very easy.
First, plug in the receiver to a power outlet.
Plug receiver into speakers
Turn on the receiver (hold button for three seconds)
Turn on microphone (hold button for three seconds)
Microphone will flash while it syncs with receiver, when the light goes solid, you are all set.
Insert the microphone into the Qball.
Make sure the volume on the speakers is up, and start the fun!
WHEN: The Qball is great for question and answer sessions, reading aloud, review games, and much more!
I have featured the Qball on this site before, but now that I actually have one, I can tell you that students love to use it! I walked into one classroom with it and overheard a student say “Oh, it’s the magic ball!”. The Qball captures students’ attention and engages pupils that want to answer and participate in the classroom. It is durable, easy to use, and eye catching. Students not only benefit from being able to hear the teacher better, but they can also hear their classmates responses loud and clear through the classroom speakers. The Qball has a sensor in it that shuts off the microphone while it is flying in the air, to prevent a loud whoosh sound every time it is tossed (and not blow out your speakers). If you will be at OETC, be sure to stop by their booth to learn more! To order one, head over to http://peeq.us/
WHO: Teachers looking for an easier way to make gameshow style review games in the classroom.
HOW: Sign up for an account at http://flipquiz.me/, then either start creating your own board, or search for the topic you are covering. After creating an account, the user can choose between the free version or the paid version. Upgrading allows the user to copy other boards, have the game keep score (must do this manually with free account), upload images, create flashcards for students, and more.
WHEN: FlipQuiz is a great option for weekly/semesterly review. Students enjoy playing gameshows, working in teams, and competing with each other. FlipQuiz makes this process much easier, and is saved online for future use.
WHO: Teachers and students looking for digital study tools.
HOW: Visit http://www.easynotecards.com/, search for topics or even the textbook used in class, or start creating your own flashcards. Once you have a set you would like to study, you can choose from Cards, Quiz, Matching, Bingo, or Print. This gives students the option that works best for them, and allows the teacher to have a variety to display in front of class.
WHEN: Easy Notecards would be beneficial for whole-class review, individual review, or study tables.
WHO: Teachers looking to create and incorporate digital review games into their classrooms.
HOW: Teachers create an account on http://www.purposegames.com/, create games (Image Quiz – Dots, Image Quiz – Shapes, Matching Game, Multiple Choice Game), and direct students to play. Games can be made public and shared with the online community, and there is also the option to have a tournament among your students. Interactivity helps to engage students and repetition helps with facts memorization.
WHEN: This is a great option for additional repetition and as a review game before assessments. The teacher could also have students create their own games as a way of demonstrating mastery of content.