There are numerous options on how you can differentiate how your students collaborate and contribute to a discussion in class. A great method of doing so is buy using student response systems. There are various paid/free applications out there that do the trick here are my top 6 (in no order).
Google Forms: useful tool to help you create surveys, give student assessments, collect any type of information in a streamlined way. Create a series of questions (multiple choice, check-box, choose from list, short text, paragraph text, etc.) share it out to students, as they respond, project the real-time results from you response Google Spreadsheet.
Socrative: smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
InfuseLearning: platform where teachers can engage students on any device. This student response system allows teachers to send out questions, prompts, and assessments to smartphones, laptops, or tablets.
Kahoot: is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy.
Poll Everywhere: simple response system that works well with live audience by polling them using mobile devices. Participants use mobile friendly web page for event, sending text messages, or using Twitter.
-Free for 40 Responses, view pricing chart
SMART Response: add-on for SMART Notebook software specifically designed for SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards. SMART Response provides assessment in the hands of students through hand held clickers of through virtual clicker (on mobile device).
-Paid product click to view options
Classroom Integration: student response is such a wonderful and engaging method for the 21st century classroom teachers. Here are some reasons why you should try any of these methods of student response
- Get your students to answer questions without the nervousness verbal response
- Survey your class to determine their interests or poll students for factual information
- Informally or formatively assess your students with a differentiated quiz
- Get your staff involved in your school based meetings and/or professional developments
- Much more!!!!