Lecture tools act as audience, classroom or student response systems to collect real-time feedback during the teaching process. Platforms like REEF Polling, NearPod and Top Hat help instructors manage immediate reactions and provide in-the-moment feedback and clarification to students as needed. The lecture tools mentioned above rely on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach that permits instructors to broadcast lessons directly to students’ screens.
From an analogue standpoint, lecture tools also include concept mapping. This tool is used to visually illustrate relationships between, and to categorize, ideas. This allows students to identify connections and can be beneficial to visual learners. Lecture tools aim to help instructors better manage a course and further promotes better learning outcomes for students.