December 22, 2010

Answer Garden

Question: What do you get when you cross Wordle with clickers?

Answer Garden is a "minimalistic feedback tool." Educators can use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on their classroom blog or personal website as a poll or guestbook. It is an easy way to brainstorm with a class all at the same time and creates interesting word clouds from these brainstorming sessions

Sample
Go ahead a try it. This is a "live" Answer Garden

How Can I Use This in My Classroom?

  • The classroom survey opportunities are endless. I used Answer Garden to name the fish that lives in our class. (Mr. Bubbles)
  • Language Arts teachers could use Answer Garden to vote on what book to read next.
  • After giving students a date range to research, students can post an important event that occurred.
  • Science students could start to brainstorm ideas for Science Projects.
Want to be brave? Use Answer Garden to ask students what they accomplished on the day you had a substitute teacher in your class.

Can you think of other ideas? Please share by leaving a comment below.




1 comment:

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