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Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students

Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students

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Friday, 24 June 2011
Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students
Over the last few weeks I have been playing with a very simple brainstorming andvoting website called tricider.The great thing about tricider is that it is incredibly quick and simple to use, and yet it enables users to collect information andopinions from all over the web in a very easily digestible and powerful way.It's very easy to create atricider topic or question and you don't even need to register, just type your topic or question into the field.You can also add a bit more detail and instructions to guide your students.After you have saved the description, you or your students can start addingsolutions.
 Once there are some solutions added it's easy to either vote for them or addarguments for or against, using the + or - symbols.
Once you have set up your page you can add your email so that you getnotifications when ever anyone adds something new or votes. You can also get aURL to edit the page (in case anyone adds something offensive) and a separateURL to either share with your students or post to Twtter or Facebook.Here are some examples that I have set up to crowdsource in formation from myPLN.What digital skills do students need for the 21st century? How do we encourage pedagogically sound exploitation of technology inlanguage learning? What do you want from a digital coursebook for EFL / ESL? 
So how can we use this with students?
 Set up some controversial statements and get students to vote for the onesthey agree / disagree with and leave pro and con comments. You couldassign groups of students to all think of pros and another group to think of cons and see which can come up with the most convincing arguments.Example: Controversial Issues  Your statements could be about a particular book your students arestudying and they could add arguments for or against. Example:Goldilocksand the 3 Bears Get students to brainstorm word or phrases based around a theme.Example: Computer Phrases  Get students to vote on a list of topics they want to study. Example: Topics  Put up a list of favourite films or books or bands and get students to voteand debate which is best. Example: Favourite films  Get students to brainstorm, debate and share knowledge about anyparticular topic or even language point. Example: Present Continuous  Set up true false questions to check comprehension of a text.Create action research questionnaires to get feedback on the things you doin class. Example: Things we do in Class  Create needs analysis questionnaires for your students or other colleagues.Example: Needs Analysis  Get students create their own questionnaires and circulate them online(through Twitter or Facebook) to collect opinions. You could also get thestudents to use this information as part of a written assignment.
What's so good about tricider?
 It's free and really quick and easy to use.It's allows people to interact and share opinions.It doesn't require any registration.It's very simple for students to add their arguments or just vote.

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