SoapBox is a controlled digital space, designed to “improve student engagement by breaking down the barriers students face when deciding whether or not to participate in class, and gives teachers a concrete assessment of student comprehension, in real time”.
Soap Box is a service that enables teachers to gather instant feedback from students through their cell phones, tablets, or laptops. Soap Box offers nine useful functions for teachers and students. There is even a “confusion barometer” that enables students to put their status as either “I get it” or “I’m confused.”
As there is a chance to communicate through a back channel, there is also a “profanity filter” that blocks inappropriate language from being posted.
SoapBox is currently in beta and free of charge. This could be well worth exploring within schools who are lucky (and wise) enough to allow, and encourage use of mobile technology, and interactive judgments, and evaluations, within lessons. A hard point to debate. Maybe try it through Soap Box.
Category: 2) Useful n Interesting