The 5 Interactive Question Types

There are 5 Interactive Slides or Question types.  They allow you to ask every student for their answers, opinions, ideas and creativity.  When you ask students a question through Pear Deck, every student answers on his or her own screen.  You can choose to display answers anonymously on the projector screen and you can see each individual answer on your Session Dashboard.

With every question type:

  1. you can put content on the main slide (which will show on the projector screen) and then
  2. configure the way students will respond (or what will show on their screens).

Content you can put on the main slide area:

  • Text 
  • List
  • Image
  • Youtube

5 Response Types

You have 5 options for how students can respond to your question.  They can respond with:

  1. A Draggable(TM)
  2. A drawing
  3. Text
  4. A number
  5. Multiple Choice

Let's take a look at each question type as they each have their own formatting options.  

Draggable(TM) 

Set-Up

Students respond by dragging an icon on an image of your choice.  You can set up to 5 icons or lines for students to drag. (example - drag the map pins to the places listed.)

  1. Ask your question and put any images or instructions you want in the main content area
  2. Select the image you want students to respond on.  You can have them respond by dragging on a blank canvas, a grid, the image you added to the main content area, or a separate image.
  3. Select the icons you want to use, adjusting their size and color accordingly
 Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector will display each student's dot (or line), overlaid on top of each other.  You can also display each student's answer individually in Grid View.

Overlay Grid View

With the Session Dashboard, you can see each individual's answer and select which icon you want to show on the projector.  In the example below, I've chosen to just see the Orange Pins.

Drawing

Set-Up

Students respond by drawing on a canvas or background image (example - draw the path Magellan sailed)

  1. Put your content on the main area
  2. Select the type of canvas you want students to draw on.  You can have them respond by drawing on a blank canvas, a grid, the image you added to the main content area, or a separate image.

Notice in this example that the teacher will display specific instructions on the projector but have students draw on a map of the world.

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector has 3 choices.  You can show the answers individually and scroll through the list, you can overlay the answers, or you can display the answers as a grid. 

List View Overlay Grid View

Free Response: Text

Set-Up

Students respond by typing text (example - what are some reasons the Joads left Oklahoma in "The Grapes of Wrath")

  1. Put your content on the main area
  2. Decide whether you want students to answer with a longer paragraph text or a short answer

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector will show student answers like a thought feed.  You can display them in a list and scroll through it, or you can show answers like a grid.

Free Response: Number

Set-Up

Students respond by typing a number (example - how many coins do you think could fit in this jar)

  1. Put your content on the main area
  2. That's it!  You don't need to configure anything else.

Answer Display

You can display anonymous answers in 2 ways on the projector. One is a simple grid layout of the numbers students entered. The second is a Box and Whiskers Graph.  A line goes through the median answer and a grey box surrounds 1/2 of all answers - this way you can quickly see the range where the majority of the answers fall.  The thin black lines demarcate the high and low answers (unless there are some extreme extreme outliers.   You can zoom in on that range to ignore any of those super extremes that might make it hard to analyze the majority. 

Grid View Box and Whiskers

Multiple Choice

Set-Up

Students respond by selecting one of your predefined answers.  I like to encourage teachers to supply multiple defensible answers to spark discussion (example - why did cultural innovation travel more easily along an east-west axes than a north-south axes).

  1. Put your content on the main area
  2. Type the different answer choices you want students to choose

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector displays student responses as a tally. You can also display each answer choice individually in Grid View.

Tally Grid View

And there you have it.  That's a summary of the 5 types of questions you can ask students!

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