Eğitimde Performans Ölçüm Yazılımı

Teacher Katie Rieser once purchased a $700 student response system, better known as “clickers,” for her high school classroom with money she raised online. Now a new startup called Socrative is offering a way for teachers like her to create a similar tool with smartphones or laptops — for free.

Buying the clickers several years ago allowed Rieser to ask students an “exit” question at the end of each class that checked for both individual understanding of new concepts and common mistakes.

“It’s really helpful for me to have that right in front of me and be able to see what kids are understanding and what they’re not,” she says. “Even if it just comes down to, ‘Did he understand directions?’ ”

Other benefits of using a clicker system are obvious: Like students who might be too shy to raise their hands participate. It’s easy to track individual performance. And a teacher can theoretically give the class instant feedback. Plus, it makes grading quizzes easier. For all of these reasons, clickers have become a common teaching tool on many college campuses. One company announced last year that it had sold more than 1 million of them.

But $700 is a price that most classrooms can’t pay. And passing out hardware or setting up a system can be disruptive. It’s the latter point that eventually persuaded Rieser to favor Socrative’s free clicker solution, which she uses two or three times a week.

Socrative makes a web, iPhone and Android app that functions as a clicker system. After a teacher sets up an account, he or she receives a classroom number to give students. They simply enter the number in their phones or on a laptop and are ready to answer multiple choice questions, write short answers and compete in team challenges.

“They don’t have to create a user name and a password, it doesn’t have to be approved by an administrator, it doesn’t have to go through the school, we didn’t have to spend 45 minutes setting it up. … I get an excel sheet that I know what to do with,” she says.

Socrative co-founder Amit Maimon, who made the prototype while he was teaching a class at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, says about 3,000 teachers have signed up for the app since its beta launch without marketing in April. Eventually the company would like to sell a premium service with individualized performance data for schools, parents and students.

Is Socrative viable for all classrooms? Probably not. A 2009 survey by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow found that about 31% of ninth- to 12th-grade students had smartphones with Internet access. Rieser uses Socrative with a cart of laptops that travels between classrooms, but many schools don’t have as easy access to technology — even if such access is generally improving.

Still, launching a web application is a much smaller barrier to what Maimon calls “visible thinking” than purchasing specific hardware or complicated software for the task.

“There are no bells and whistles,” Rieser says. “And I think that’s intentional.”


Sanal Çalışma Grupları_Sosyal Medya ve Eğitim

Baked In: How BenchPrep Is Turning e-Textbooks Into Virtual Study Groups

BY E.B. BOYDFri Jul 29, 2011

In the future, students will use social networks for more than planning keggers. If Groupon’s backers have anything to say about it.


About the “Baked In” series: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to say that social dynamics are going to work their way into every industry, and the companies of the future will be the ones that bake them in from the beginning, rather than slapping them on as an afterthought. This series takes a look at companies that are discovering new opportunities by using social components in the foundations of their businesses.

Remember studying for the GMATs? Or AP Biology? Or even English 101 your freshman year? How about poring through those old textbooks and every now and then wishing you had a buddy close by you could ask for help on the parts that befuddled you?

BenchPrep is making that happen. The Chicago-based startup, backed by Lightbank (whose founders bankrolled Groupon), has been digitizing test prep materials for the last two years. But it’s not just making your SAT or MCAT textbooks more portable. It’s also adding social features that act as a real-time virtual study groups to get you the help you need when you need it.

Among the features: The ability to ask questions of other people studying the same textbook as you–whether they’re in the library next door or halfway around the world. You can also add notes or even append YouTube videos to various parts of the texts and share your additions with other learners.

“We take the flat content and enhance it by adding interaction and social conversations,” cofounder Ashish Rangnekar tells Fast Company.

Also in the works: leaderboards for practice tests. The materials BenchPrep provides–which they get from established content providers like McGraw Hill and Wiley–already include interactive quizes that users can take to test their knowledge. Ultimately, BenchPrep plans to make it possible to form groups–whether of your own friends, for example, or everyone at your university–so you can see how you’re doing relative to others.

“You might get a 7 out of 10 on a test. But is that good? Or is it bad?” Rangnekar says. “You don’t know unless you know how everyone else is doing.”

So far, BenchPrep has 17 courses on offer, all of them involving test preparation. Users buy the individual courses and then access them via the company’s website or through a free app they can download to their smartphones or iPad.

About 100 more courses are in the pipeline, including some for professional certification and some for high school Advanced Placement classes. About 150,000 people are using the service so far.

The company’s ambitions, however, are to ultimately provide as many as 10,000 courses.

“We want to capture the whole education lifecycle,” Rangnekar says. This means starting with high school students, and then providing them materials during college, as they prepare for graduate school, and even as they enroll in continuing education for their chosen professions.

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