Digital Classroom Software

Top Hat’s digital classroom tools engage your students in any flipped, blended or virtual classroom

Top Hat’s suite of digital classroom tools

As higher education instructors move towards making their learning environments more digital and collaborative, the need for reliable technology integration in the classroom becomes increasingly important. That’s where Top Hat comes in. Our digital tools transform smartphones, laptops and tablets into teaching tools, allowing professors to create a robust digital classroom.

Streamline your lectures with digital tools

One of the benefits of making your classroom more digital is a more streamlined lecture prep experience. Top Hat allows you to populate your lecture slides with a range of interactive question types to make student learning more fun. We offer basic question types, including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more. But we also have numerous advanced question types available. For example, Top Hat integrates with YouSeeU, a digital video assignment tool, allowing your students to create and submit assignments via video. We also offer integration with ChemAxon, a digital chemistry drawing tool that provides students with the ability to draw a reaction product, scheme or mechanism. Pressed for time? Educators can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, an innovative digital hub that houses thousands of pieces of educational content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success from day one.

Eliminate the need for extra hardware with a digital classroom

Top Hat syncs directly with the devices your learners already own and use on a daily basis. There’s no need for them to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our app and away you go.

Track attendance easily

Top Hat allows any educator to automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class. They can easily take attendance using our digital classroom tool by prompting students to sign in on their devices using a unique code. Educators 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 the learning experience by using Top Hat to offer a synchronous lecture. 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 student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.

Run polls and ask questions in-class

Gauge student comprehension and understanding on the fly. With Top Hat, you can embed interactive polling questions between your slides to create one seamless presentation aligned to your lecture plan.

A digital learning environment where students participate

Top Hat allows professors to facilitate 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. And the interactive component encourages students to engage and collaborate with each other. Instructors can also use Top Hat to encourage and facilitate group work and peer-to-peer collaboration and interaction.

Save time with auto-grading

Top Hat allows you to track student 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 digitally in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. You can export grades easily to your LMS. And you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.

Creating a more digital classroom is easy with Top Hat

Pedagogical strategies like blended learning, online learning, flipped classrooms and the use of things like MOOCs, digital technologies and learning management systems are on the rise. Our ed tech 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.

Create an active learning environment where every student, from the front to the back row, can participate and have a voice

  • A true digital classroom experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window
  • Assign pre-reading of chapters or lecture slides, or create pre-class quizzes to gauge student understanding
  • Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then download and study them at any time
  • You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps

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What are digital classroom tools used for?

Digital classroom tools enable educators and instructors to manage their online course material more effectively. A suite of tools is available with Top Hat in order to automate workflows for professors and higher education faculty members to better manage the classroom.

Is Top Hat easy to use?

Top Hat is simple to use. Within no time instructors will be familiar with managing their class using the app.

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