Teaching Tools for Teachers to Engage Students

Take classroom instruction to the next level with Top Hat’s suite of teaching tools

The #1 university and college teaching tool

  • Poll students and ask questions
  • Track attendance easily with our digital tools that suit different learning styles
  • Reporting and assessing is easy with automatic grading
  • Make teaching and learning more collaborative
  • Capture student responses in real-time
  • Improve student interaction and participation
  • Hold discussions (anonymous or not)
  • No new hardware needed
  • Encourage student collaboration

Classroom technology tools designed for the 21st century

In the past few years, there’s been a spike in the usage of technology in education. Online learning, blended learning, online courses, flipped classrooms, MOOCs, and online teaching have become increasingly popular. As instructors move towards making their classrooms more focused on personalized learning, the need for reliable classroom teaching tools becomes more important. That’s where Top Hat’s software comes in. Our educational technology uses smartphones, laptops, and tablets to facilitate engagement, allowing any educator to promote active learning and create an engaging dynamic university or college classroom environment.

Streamline your lecture prep with educational technology in the classroom

One of the benefits of using our teaching tools is a more streamlined lecture prep experience. Top Hat’s software allows you to populate your lecture slides and presentations with a range of interactive and flexible question types and assess students. 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, specific to disciplines including chemistry, mathematics and more. These advanced questions help enhance your pedagogical practice and lead to a more innovative classroom in which you can teach.

There’s no need to worry about switching over from a different learning management system or other digital classroom tools, either. Our staff are skilled in instructional design and will set you and your course up for success from day one.

Virtualize your classroom

Top Hat’s teaching technology tools integrate with various multimedia, including YouSeeU, a virtual video assignment tool, allowing your students to create and submit assignments via video. This allows for an innovative approach to student learning. Pressed for time? Instructors can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, a 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.

Our suite of teaching tools removes the need for extra hardware

Top Hat’s classroom teaching tools sync directly with the devices college and university students 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. We also offer integrations with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn.

Track attendance easily

Top Hat’s ed tech 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 built in excused absence options for flexibility.

A fully synchronous lecture experience

Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat’s university classroom teaching tools. 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 or workshops and ask questions in-class

Gauge student comprehension and understanding on the fly while implementing new teaching strategies. Using our classroom technology, you can embed interactive polling questions between your slides to create one seamless presentation aligned to your lecture plan. And the interactive component encourages engagement and collaborative learning among classmates.

Motivate students to participate

Top Hat’s classroom tools for teaching allow 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 students to collaborate and interact with each other, either one-on-one or through group work.

Reporting made easy with auto-grading

Top Hat’s ed tech software and assessment tools allow you to track student performance and analytics 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 virtually in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time, so that they can view their achievements. 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.

interactive textbook reading in Top Hat

With Top Hat, students keep learning after class is finished

A truly beneficial learning environment doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. Once your lecture is complete, Top Hat’s classroom software allows you to assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then download and study at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities and homework like quizzes, worksheets or other assignments to keep the learning experience alive.

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Engage your learners with Top Hat’s teaching tools

Our web-based learning platform and learning tools have been proven to increase student engagement and improve the learning experience in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why everyone, from the educator to the administrator, trusts us—sign up for a personalized walk-through today.

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How does Top Hat help with building classroom comprehension with its suite of teaching tools?

Top Hat simplifies lecture presentation and feedback mechanisms so that you are more aware of how students are participating in the classroom. Top Hat helps augment your class with a range of classroom teaching tools designed to build understanding before, during and after class.

Is Top Hat free to use?

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.

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