Over the last few weeks I have been playing with a very simple brainstorming andvoting website calledtricider.The great thing about tricider is that it is incrediblyquick 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 atricidertopic or question and you don't even need toregister, 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.
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 IssuesYour statements could be about a particular book your students arestudying and they could add arguments for or against. Example:Goldilocksand the 3 BearsGet students to brainstorm word or phrases based around a theme.Example:Computer PhrasesGet students to vote on a list of topics they want to study. Example:TopicsPut up a list of favourite films or books or bands and get students to voteand debate which is best. Example:Favourite filmsGet students to brainstorm, debate and share knowledge about anyparticular topic or even language point. Example:Present ContinuousSet 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 ClassCreate needs analysis questionnaires for your students or other colleagues.Example:Needs AnalysisGet 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.