Classroom engagement features

Polling and Questions

Presentation tool

Never leave the comfort of your lectures slides to ask a question or get feedback.

Excellent for: Professors that love Powerpoint or Keynote

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Multiple choice

Choose the correct answer from a list of potentials. You can even have multiple correct answers and ensure your students choose all the best answers.

Excellent for: Biology, social sciences, physics

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Click on target

Test your students’ spatial reasoning by asking them to identify parts of an image. You can set a tolerance for how far off their clicks can be, and limit the number of times they can click.

Excellent for: Anatomy questions, geography questions, where’s waldo

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Numeric answer

Break out your calculators because these questions require a high degree of accuracy. Numeric answer questions let you set integer or decimal value answers and give you a tolerance option when a range is acceptable.

Excellent for: Math, physics, chemistry or engineering questions

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Word answer

Increase interaction by getting students to type in an answer, rather than selecting from a list. You can make the answer case sensitive and visualize the data you receive using an intuitive word cloud.

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Sorting

Challenge your students with questions that require them to re-arrange similar yet different answers into the correct order.

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Matching

Test your students’ ability to match two related groups of information. Matching questions engage students’ ability to visually sort through information and make connections.

Excellent for: History, geography, math, logic

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Feedback

Are you understanding this? Activate a feedback module to quickly measure how engaged your students are in-class.

Excellent for: Large classrooms

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No Smartphone? No Problem! Students can also text their answers.

Gradebook

Automate participation grades

Never worry about tracking participation grades again. Participation and correctness grades are automatically stored in the gradebook for review.

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Export to excel

While the web based gradebook gives you many ways to view your data, sometimes you will need to do more. Export the gradebook to excel with a few clicks of your mouse.

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Student view

Let your students see their grades in real-time. Your transparency will be appreciated by your students and will motivate them to do their best.

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Drill down

Drill down into individual questions or course content to see exactly how students performed. You can also drill down by student to see a snapshot of their grades at a glance.

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Discussions

Up-vote the best

Students vote on the best responses or ones they agree with. Responses with the most votes bubble up to the top of the list.

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Grade responses

Created a graded discussion and award correctness grades for student responses.

Excellent for: Short answer questions

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Add attachments

Make a quick sketch or upload an image and attach it to your discussion to stimulate conversation.

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Get honest answers

Solicit unbiased feedback by creating an anonymous discussion topic. Anonymity allows your students to express themselves more honestly.

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Real Time Reporting

Get live responses

Get live responses seconds after soliciting feedback. Share these responses with the class to spur interactive learning.

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Track class sessions

Group student responses into sessions to keep track of when your question was asked.

Excellent for: Teaching multiple sections of the same course

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Context aware reporting types

Use bar graphs, heatmaps, word clouds and many other reporting types to visualize your response data.

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Compare everything

See how different sections performed, or compare responses for different questions. Track how your class is improving over time.

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Tournaments

Gamify your classroom

Pin your students head to head in a fun, interactive game based on your course questions. Students compete on time and correctness to make it to the top of the leader board.

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Choose your questions

Create different tournaments for different lectures or course sections.

Perfect for: Turning labs or required readings into a fun game

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Practice makes perfect

Create practice sessions that students can complete at home in preparation for the tournament. This also serves as an excellent study aid.

Perfect for: Using tournaments as study aids or practice tests.

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See your rankings

The better students do, the higher up the leader board they climb. This is a fun way to foster learning through healthy competition.

Perfect for: Fostering some fun competition

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Interactive Demos

Demos are fun

Launch a demo that teaches through interaction and animation. You can launch a demo in-class or let students go through them at their own pace at home.

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Graded demos

Test your students as they progress through a demo. Marks are tracked in the gradebook.

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Choose from our library

With demos in biology, chemistry, computer science, social science and more, we likely have a demo that’s right for you and your students.

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We can build it

Tell us about a topic that you think would be more effective as an interactive demo and we will build it for you.

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Accessibility

Top Hat supports screen readers for the visually impaired.
Top Hat is also tested and designed to ensure color blind users are not at a disadvantage.



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