I’m not sure how I came across AnswerGarden (https://answergarden.ch) but I’m glad I did. I have used it with two grades so far and hope to use it again. On their website they describe it as tool for real time feedback. I thought of it as a short cut to creating a Wordle. I love to create Wordles (or Tagxedos) with students responses but I don’t like typing in all their words!
Same, Same but Different
I read Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s book, Same, Same but Different to third graders. This books works so beautifully in our IB/PYP school. It can be tied in with our Learner Profile and Attitudes or our focus on being internationally minded.
After reading the book, I asked the students to reflect on the book; what were words, details or big ideas they got from the book? With AnswerGarden you can have the responses limited to 20 or 40 characters and this time I chose 20. I suggested they could use words or phrases. Sentences get a little tricky if you only have 20 characters.
With AnswerGarden, which is free and very easy to use, the students can type in their feedback and can see in real-time other student’s words. They like seeing their responses as well as their classmates.
Export to Wordle and Tagxedo
The AnswerGarden can easily be exported to both Wordle and Tagxedo, which gives you more options to be creative visually.