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Featured Tech Tool: Geddit

Where to find it:

 

www.letsgeddit.com

There is a student app available for iOS but it is accessible through a web browser. Students must create an account to use it. 

Geddit is one of my favorite edtech tools that is great for formative assessment. It works best in classrooms where:

  • every student has a device
  • you may have "more vocal" students that overshadow the voice of others
  • there are shy students that struggle to have their voice heard
  • Marzano, or confidence scales, are used

What Geddit is: 

It is a tool that allows for digital student-instructor communication. The instructor can send out questions, polls, comments, etc. to the devices of each student. Students can then respond to the instructor without their privacy being breached.

Here's an example for a lesson on the circulatory system:

Image courtesy of the Apple iTunes Store

This is what the student's screen would look like once you send them the question.

This is what the student's screen would look like once you send them the question.

Once student responses are received, responses can be shared with the class, while maintaining student names confidential. 


Distinguishing Feature

Students check-in for each topic or question with a confidence scale. 

Image courtesy of Letsgeddit.com

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This enables students to digitally (and privately) communicate their understanding!

You can instantly view the data and review it in order to accommodate for the rest of the lesson and be able to identify the students that need more help.

Image courtesy of Letsgeddit.com

This is similar to what you would see on your screen once students have shared their confidence levels with you.

This is similar to what you would see on your screen once students have shared their confidence levels with you.


How I used it:

I used Geddit to introduce a microscope lab where students would be exploring animal cells and plant cells. 

Students were asked about prior knowledge and I also addressed safety procedures :

  • What kind of microscope will we be using? (multiple-choice)
  • Describe what you think an R will look like under a microscope. (short answer)
  • What is the proper way to carry a microscope? (multiple-choice)
  • What are some differences you will observe between plant cells and animal cells?

Each question was followed by a class discussion which allowed students to build curiosity and become engaged before doing the lab.

After the lab, we went over the same questions and revised any misconceptions. I was also able to receive more tangible data, besides the lab assignment, to assess learning that took place in the lab.


I want to hear about your experiences with Geddit! Share how you've used it in your classroom or any ideas you have for using it in the future.

Were there are downsides? Would you change anything in the app? How did students feel about it?