Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.
Have you ever wished to have a way to communicate with students during lessons? A place where you can create polls, easily gauge student confusion at any point in the lesson, create quick quizzes for feedback (with a downloadable gradesheet), AND not have to worry about students needing accounts?
Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: GoSoapBox
First, the basics:
Cost: FREE with paid options for classes larger than 30 students
Problem this tool solves: This tool lets you create an event for students to join where you can easily gauge confusion, create quizzes, polls, and discussions, and get feedback, with no need for students to have accounts.
GoSoapBox combines the ease of use of multiple tools/websites into one. If you are looking for a tool that combines the likes of PollEverywhere, Google Forms Quizzes, TodaysMeet, and Google Classroom Questions, then this is the tool for you. While it may not share the robust variety of features that some of these tools have individually, it manages to combine them into one large tool, that’s easy to use in a classroom.
Teachers using GoSoapBox are able to have students participate in an “Event” by entering a code to join. Students never need to create an account. Once the students are signed into the event, teachers can easily do a multitude of things. They will be able to gauge overall student confusion at any time during the lesson. Teachers can create a quiz that will collect student answers for teachers to grade later. They can also create a simple poll, or open a discussion question to be answered. Social Q & A is another feature where students can ask questions, and others can upvote them if they also share the same question.
Perhaps one of the nicest features of running an event on GoSoapBox is that multiple activities can be running at a time. Teachers can have a quiz open and a poll at the same time. Activities within an event can be locked and unlocked, and changed at will. Events are saved in the teacher’s dashboard, so they can set up activities for an event in advance. Activities can also be disabled. Social Q & A may be a tricky feature to teach students to use properly, so teachers are free to disable this option.
GoSoapBox is free for the basic account. The basic account lets you have up to 30 students signed into an event at one time. For most teachers, this is perfect. Upgrades are available, but the cheapest starts at $99 for 6 months, and allows teachers to have up to 75 students in a class at a time. Larger upgrades are also available, but these are better suited for large college classrooms.
Getting started on GoSoapBox is easy. Teachers will need to create an account and make sure all information is verified once they sign up. They’ll then be taken to their dashboard, which will look similar to the image below, minus the already created event:
To create an event, simply select “Create” in the Your Events box. A new screen loads, and simply asks for a name for the new event.
Give the event a name, and that’s it! The new event is created.
Once the event has been created, teachers will be able to configure the event through the “Moderation Portal”, as well as copy down the join code for their class. The code will still be available once teachers leave this page, so teachers don’t have to worry about copying the code right away if they’d prefer not to do so.
Speaking of the Moderation Portal, teachers can complete a variety of tasks. Features for the event can be enabled or disabled as needed. Teachers can invite another teacher to moderate the event, or change the event details. The event can be archived and deleted from this screen. Teachers can also export data.
Events are never “closed” (unless archived). To open an event, simply click on the event name on the dashboard. The teacher’s screen appears as so:
Teachers can now create any of the activities. This can be done in advance or on the fly. Activities are locked and unlocked by the teacher as needed when it’s time for students to give a reply. If teachers need the join code for students, all they have to do is click “Moderate This Event” at the bottom of the screen and the access code will appear at the top of the page that loads.
The possibilities for this tool are large, and if you’ve used it in your classroom, let me know in the comments! I would love some ideas to pass along to others.