Wednesday, January 25, 2012


No, I am not getting on mine, but this new web/computer/mobile based tool/software could allow you and your students too.  Currently in Beta for testing and allowing you to email to join, Soapbox looks to be the "do it all" back channel application for teachers.

You or students can create socially ranked questions where students can determine importance and that get updated in real time.  Students can also participate in polls and respond to questions through a clicker type system.  At the same time, students can mark whether they understand or are confused about something and the software updates real time. There is also an area for discussions where teachers can create topics and the can be discussed.  Responses are anonymous, so there would have to be a level of trust and understanding between you and your students.  Soapbox is not just an application for class time use.  It can be accessed 24/7 therefore making it a lot more than just a back channel system.

From its website; 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.

For more information, see the video below.