The Question and Answer mode in NetSupport School
Based on well-respected education standards, the Question and Answer Module is built around the concept of Pose, Pause, Pounce and Bounce – a strategy for structuring questions in the classroom, ensuring thinking time, selecting students to answer and collaborative sharing of ideas and response.
Pose – The teacher can simply ask a question verbally and choose a question type (random selection, first student to answer, first team member to answer or auto-mark entered answers). Once a question type is set, a teacher can then decide whether points will be awarded for correct answers, whether they wish to select multiple students to automatically bounce the question, and much more.
Pause – The teacher can specify thinking time before the students are able to respond, as well as specify a time window when answers can be given. Based on a game show-style theme, students see a countdown clock when answering questions.
Pounce– In random selection mode, the selector randomly moves between all student screens for a few seconds, before randomly selecting a student. This feature removes the tendency of some students to stay quietly below the radar of the lesson.
The second question type uses response speed to select the students, allowing the top ‘X’ fastest respondents to be selected. This introduces a level of competition and is most notably a positive impact with boys’ engagement in the exercise. When selecting say, the top 5 fastest responses, it allows the teacher to develop the question between each selected student and develop the questioning.
Finally ‘team mode’ is offered where students can be automatically grouped, randomly grouped, or grouped in pre-set teams such as their schoolhouse. In this mode, points are awarded to the teams and students can see a running total.
Bounce – Once a question has been answered by a student, the teacher can bounce the question to a second student and develop the question or ask them to assess the response of the first student. The question can be bounced any number of times. The beauty of this approach, linking verbal questions with an electronic module, is that the teacher can refine their questions depending on each recipient and their academic ability