There are many different website that have interactive website to involve your students in the classroom. I will be review a few that I found as a teacher, and as a student.
This is a very common website used by not only teachers but by students as well. Set up as a teacher seemed to be relatively easy. When used is a classroom it only works with students who have mobile devices, so that could be a downfall when using it. Although that can be difficult in the classroom it is and easy way to get the students involved with easy to transition into other topics.
I did not like using Padlet. As a teacher I was unable to do any different types of questions other then opinion questions.If I was just doing an opinion question, this website would work great. It also way not very easy to set as a teacher. If I was a student using this website I think it would be a new media which can make the class a little more interesting. If used properly it could be helpful in class.
This was a little difficult to set up, but once you got the hang of it was easy. The students needs some sort of moble device or tablet with the app to participate in this activity. Because of this it can create some difficulty. As a teacher I was able to create different types of questions making it easy to have some variety. I would use this again in my future classroom.
Plickers was my favorite because it didn’t involve the students needing any electronic devices. All the students need are a piece of paper that the teacher prints off. When the teacher takes a video of the students holding the paper up the phone or tablet recognizes what their answer is. The only problem with this is that there can only be multiple choice questions. This was not the typical interactive website. Although it took time as a teacher to set up it was worth it!
This is the simplest to set up, and probably the easiest to do in the classroom. It also had the most varety of different types of questions you can use. Once the form is made you can easily share with your students, to either do in the classroom or on their own at home. Very easy and fun at the same time!
I did not like this website in a teacher perspective or as a student either. As a teacher you were unable to save anything because everything was online. Any answers that were made by the students were lost. As a student there was no choice of questions because it all just went to a word cloud. If an answer was wrong it would be mixed up with right answers and couldn’t see the difference. If all the teacher was looking for was a word cloud then this website would work great. Overall I would not recommend this website because it is so restrictive.
Once you figured out how to use this website, it was very easy to use, with many varieties of questions to use in the classroom. As a student it was something new and eye catching. The only problem was that the questions and the answers were not on the same page, so the students had to remember what the question was and then answer. It would be easier if they were on the same page.
Overall if I had to pick my top three it would be, Plickers, google forms and Poll everywhere. They were definitely the easiest to set up as a teacher and the most interactive as a student.