Active Prompt

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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.

Active Prompt

  • http://activeprompt.org/
  • Active Prompt is a framework for gathering information about what the class needs may be and what they understand. This is done by uploading an image/prompt and then choosing a file that you want to include.  The prompt is submitted and the website creates a poll for that prompt which students can then manipulate by grabbing the dot and moving it to where they think it should go. 

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Active Prompt can be used in a number of ways.  Some of these ideas include:

  • Conversation Starter- Students choose which answer they think is best by manipulating the red dot on the prompt to mimic their answer. Instructors can then go in and see where the students think something should go.   A dialogue can be opened up to provide feedback and coaching based on the answers for that particular prompt.
  • Study Guides-A set of prompts can be created by the instructor which would align with the course materials for the week. These lessons can be reinforced by the prompts as students can work on actual questions that may be covered in the quiz for that week.  This bring an active learning component to the equation as they will be physically manipulating the data in the prompts.
  • Active Participation-As the prompts show the real time studying of the student, active learning can be seen and proven. We can watch the thought process of the student as things unfold, making it particularly useful in an online environment where it can be more challenging to evaluate learning and growth.

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