Effective questioning in a Windows 10 Classroom

It won't be news to any educator that one of the key tools at their disposal is the use of effective questioning strategies in the classroom. Equally it is accepted that effective questioning is a key strand in ensuring successful assessment of student progress is undertaken.

What might be considered more newsworthy is the existence of a software solution for the classroom that supports this activity, extends the scope for questioning and delivers additional assessment opportunities.

 

Questions, Questions, Questions

There are a number of questioning strategies supported in NetSupport School, specifically within our unique Q&A (Question and Answer) module. These include :

Thinking Time - consciously waiting for the class to think through and develop their answer. NetSupport can apply a visual thinking time indicator before students are able to respond. This approach is known to prompt depth of thought and helps ensure all pupils have a view or opinion to share once the answer is requested.

No Hands Questioning - students are aware that those required to give an answer will be selected automatically, and of course this is linked to Thinking Time. NetSupport includes a "Pot Luck" feature too, which randomly selects a student and, for subsequent questions, those who have already been asked can be excluded to ensure everyone "gets a go". This approach improves student engagement and challenges all students to think and prepare in case they are selected next.

Basketball Questioning - the best approach to move and develop questions and discussions between students. The teacher is able to build on students' ideas and responses and, being verbal, can differentiate the question based on each student's knowledge level. NetSupport School includes the ability to "bounce" questions to subsequent students, award points for correct and incorrect verbal responses, conduct a quick peer assessment and more. This approach is known to engage more students, develop connected thinking and stops the teacher being the focus for all questioning.

NetSupport School even includes a "Peer Assess" option so that once a student provides a response, the teacher can display a quick "Thumbs up" or "Thumbs Down" icon on all student screens so individually, each student can assess and respond according to whether they feel the answer provided is correct.

The questioning structure within the unique Q&A module in NetSupport School is built upon one of the foundations for effective questioning, namely Pose, Pause, Pounce and Bounce; a strategy for structuring questioning in the classroom to ensure thinking time, selection of students to answer and subsequent collaborative sharing of ideas and response.

Unlike the supporting Survey mode (ideal for a plenary or the testing modules provided), the beauty of the Q&A module in NetSupport School is that the teacher's contribution is verbal - therefore no forward planning or provision of content is needed; questions are asked verbally, students respond verbally, the teacher simply records whether each response is correct and points are then awarded against each student or team.

One Q&A selection type is also provided where students are required to physically type their answer, this is designed for use as a simple Numeracy or Literacy checker and is great for quick spelling or Times Tables tests.

Classroom Assessment is a key differentiator in NetSupport School and is one of the reasons why it has consistently been recognised around the world as the number 1 Classroom Orchestration solution available. The new Native Windows 10 Teacher App delivers Q&A mode with a fresh "Touch Optimized" experience.

 

Al Kingsley.

Q&A mode settings dialogue :

NetSupport School 12 example screenshots.

 

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