Top Hat’s classroom polling software helps you create an engaged environment
As instructors move to incorporate different teaching strategies like blended learning and flipped classrooms in their learning environments, the need for reliable technology becomes increasingly important. That’s where Top Hat’s engagement software comes in. It transforms smartphones, laptops and tablets into teaching tools, allowing educators to easily engage students through polling, discussions and more.
Top Hat’s classroom polling software allows higher education instructors to populate their lecture slides with a range of interactive question types, designed to promote student engagement. We offer a range of flexible question types including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more. Our learning platform also offers advanced, discipline-specific question types. Examples include integrations with video assignment tool YouSeeU and the ability to use chemistry drawing tool ChemAxon directly within our platform. To save time, educators can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, an online hub that houses thousands of pieces of educational content.
Our classroom polling software syncs directly with the devices your students already own and use on a daily basis, making the learning experience more engaging. There’s no need for them to purchase additional hardware, as they’d have to do with iClicker. Simply download the Top Hat app and away you go.
Track attendance easily
Our software does more than just classroom polling. Instructors can 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. 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 synchronous lecture experience
Enhance your teaching methods by using Top Hat to offer a synchronous lecture with a focus on student-centered learning. Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ devices, allowing them to 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 audience responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.
Assess student comprehension and understanding on the fly. Our software allows instructors to embed interactive polling questions between slides, creating one seamless presentation aligned to their lecture plan. And the interactive component encourages students to engage and collaborate with their peers.
Create an active learning environment that motivates students to participate
Use Top Hat’s classroom polling software to facilitate real-time discussions embedded within the flow of a lecture. Students can choose to contribute 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.
Track student learning and performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation, all uploaded 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. You can export grades easily to your learning management system. And 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 the lecture is over
A true active learning experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then download and study them at any time.
Creating a more engaged classroom is easy with Top Hat
Pedagogical strategies like blended learning, online learning, flipped classrooms and the use of classroom polling are on the rise. Our classroom polling software is proven to increase engagement in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why they trust us — sign up for a personalized walk-through today.
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What is a polling tool?
A classroom polling tool allows instructors to post single question types or multiple choice survey questions in a teaching environment. Votes can be elicited via single or multiple responses to a question. Results of these polls can be made available to students and professors in real-time.
Is it easy to create polls in Top Hat?
Top Hat is as easy as logging into the app and creating question types which can then be either multiple choice, click on the target, fill in the blank and more.
Do you have to create polls in the classroom?
Top Hat empowers professors to effectively create content, before, during and after class, so that you have a 360 view of your course.