So truly simple – what could go wrong?
It seems everything is possible – I wonder if such a talent as mine would enable me to qualify for “America’s Got Talent”?!
Part of the task for the great digital in-service training course I am taking was to use “Tricider” with my students.
Tricider is a digital tool that lets you brainstorm, collect ideas and opinions really easily.
It has several appealing features:
- Very intuitive interface – really friendly. Register for free and off you go!
- The students do not have to register in order to participate. Nor do they have to install or download anything. That is a really important point with my students.
- Tricider allows the user to vote and express his/her opinion in a very simple, clear way. There is no need for lengthy explanations from a teacher before use. Actually, hardly any explanations at all.
This year we are in the process of setting up a work station in our learning center about Deaf people who did /do interesting things. In addition, the work-station is also supposed to include a vocabulary section dealing with words and phrases a person with a hearing loss should know when he /she is travelling abroad in an English-speaking country. The station is intended to be used by all of my Deaf and Hard of Hearing High-School students, at all levels.
I created the following Tricider page with suggestions I had for useful phrases and vocabulary a person with a hearing loss traveling abroad (in an English-speaking country) would possibly find useful. I hoped using the Tricider would serve as a “teaser” – to spark interest in the new work station. In addition, I wanted to tailor the vocabulary taught to the students’ interests and thoughts – in other words, to collect information from them regarding which phrases and words would be useful for them. Finally, I was hoping to gauge the students’ current familiarity with the target vocabulary. Click on the title below to see the Tricider page that I created.
First of all, anyone entering the link given above can see which suggestions were mine, which were suggested by students and how they voted. Those who did so were interested, engaged and glad to have their opinion heard. Students (and people in general) like to be asked for their opinion! Their additions are interesting.
Unfortunately, things are not working out as planned. At the moment, only a small number of students have responded.
For one thing, for some reason the site lists this Tricider as one I’m a participant in and not one I created (though it leaves me with no clue as to who they think did create it!). It is annoying because it makes it harder to find when I log into the site and I wonder if it has anything to do with the more significant problem that I’m having.
I sent the students a link to the Tricider page via WhatsApp. However, since a fair number of my students do not study outside of class, on their own, at home (especially for something that isn’t mandatory and is not graded), I did what I often do – have the online activity open on the classroom computer and send students individually or in pairs to do it. Since the classroom is set up in the format of a learning center, it is quite convenient to do so.
When I opened the link using the share link supplied by the site, only the first student who sat down at the computer could respond. When the next students tried to respond there was a notification that answers have been recorded and no further ones can be added. Only the few students who went into the link by using WhatsApp web were able to respond. The only other option was rebooting the computer and bringing up the shared link again. That was far too time consuming and cumbersome, requiring too much of my involvement. I want the students to be independent.
Not giving up, but this is where I’m stuck at the moment.
One more thing!
I guess I couldn’t qualify for America’s Got Talent in any case, since I don’t actually live in the United States…