Top Hat is the best and most easy to use classroom app that helps you create an active learning classroom and use innovative teaching techniques to engage students, before, during and after the class.
Engage your students with Top Hat’s classroom app
It’s hard for teachers to lecture to a class full of students who aren’t paying attention. As instructors move to incorporate different active learning teaching strategies like blended learning and flipped classrooms in their learning environments, the need for technology in education grows. Fortunately, there has been a great deal innovation in the educational technology sector recently. Top Hat’s higher education classroom app, among the top apps for education on the market, transforms any smartphone, laptop or tablet into an audience response system, enabling professors to teach in an engaging learning environment
Streamline your lecture prep
Use our classroom app to populate your lecture slides with a range of interactive and multimedia question types designed to challenge every learner. Choose from basic (including multiple choice questions, word answer, quiz, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more) or select from our advanced offerings (including video assignments, chemistry drawings, and more). All of our questions are auto-graded to save instructors time.
You can also import free interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, a digital resource that houses thousands of pieces of dynamic content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success from day one.
A classroom with minimal hardware
Unlike older edtech such as traditional clickers, Top Hat’s 21st century active learning software syncs directly with the devices students already own and use, such as tablets including iPads, phones and laptops. There’s no need for students to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our classroom app and away you go. We also integrate with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn (D2L).
Track attendance easily
Top Hat Classroom allows instructors to automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class. They can easily take attendance by prompting students to sign in on their devices using a unique code, and instructors can auto-assign grades for attendance. Top Hat uses proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students attending get counted. And, we also built in excused absence options for flexibility.
A fully interactive lecture experience
Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat’s classroom app. Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ technology devices so they can follow along in real-time. Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented. You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.
Facilitate polls and ask questions in class
Gauge student comprehension and understanding on the fly. With Top Hat’s classroom app you can embed interactive polling questions between your slides to create seamless presentations aligned to your lecture plan. With multiple question and discussion types, such as click-on-target, word clouds, graphing questions for math and even video submissions, Top Hat can really let your creativity shine in the lecture setting come to the fore.
Let students collaborate while they learn and increase participation
Top Hat’s classroom app allows professors to run real-time discussions, embedded within the flow of a lecture. Students can choose to participate anonymously, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, even when the subject matter is sensitive. Instructors can also use Top Hat to encourage and facilitate group work and peer-to-peer collaboration and interaction.
Save time with auto-grading
The classroom app allows you to track and assess student performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and homework. You can then upload the results from each assignment directly into the Top Hat gradebook. All responses and participation grades are captured instantly in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. Integration with your LMS is smooth and you can export grades easily. And our educational apps also help you reduce your admin overhead—you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.
With Top Hat, students keep learning after class is finished
The educational experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, allowing students to download on their clickers and study at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities like quizzes to offline assignments and coursework to keep the learning experience alive.
Student engagement is easy with Top Hat’s classroom app
Our classroom technology software is designed to help educators improve their classroom instruction techniques. For student outcomes, Top Hat increases engagement, participant interaction and collaboration in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why Top Hat is one of the best apps for classroom management — sign up for a personalized consultation today.
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Top Hat is a multi-platform classroom app, that works on Macs, PCs and all modern cellphone devices. Take your lecture with you. Top Hat is designed for before, during and after the class.
Top Hat is always free for educators. Post-secondary students can create a free account with Top Hat Basic, minimizing educational barriers. Top Hat Pro is available for $30 per student, per semester. Comparatively, each student pays $48 for Top Hat Pro for a one-year subscription. Students only pay once per semester, no matter how many Top Hat courses they are enrolled in. Add-on interactive textbooks are available for an average of $35 per book.