Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free.
This add-in connects a teacher’s PowerPoint presentation to students’ OneNote notebooks. During a presentation, teachers can:
- Poll students with multiple choice, true/false, or yes/no questions.
- Distribute the lesson to students with OneNote
- Include real-time ink and text annotations.
Students can answer and respond through their individual OneNote notebooks, hand-held clickers, or computers, and the results display in the presentation. Students also get consolidated notes that match those of the teacher so they can keep track of what they need to learn.
You can see Interactive Classroom in action in the video below:
Where can I find out how to use it?
There is a discussion board for Interactive Classroom on the Education Labs site. And there are a number of videos on the Microsoft Showcase site that give step-by-step overviews of how to use it - Interactive Classroom overview - Sharing Real Time Notes - Creating and Conducting Polls
Where do I get Interactive Classroom from?
You can download the free Interactive Classroom application from Education Labs