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GroupMap Lecture Tools Offer An Engaged Interactive Presentation

Check out these thinking tools for teaching.

Step up from a simple polling methods (the old guess and stab approach) to one that lets people respond in their own words. Encourage visual and collaborative thinking through our lecture tools, giving them an opportunity to share and learn from everyone around them. The good news for the time poor academic is that setting these up takes a minute and you can start the session with a simple password or link.

Lecture Tools 1 : Capture a list of "top questions".

We know that when students ask questions, they are actively engaging.

This lets you capture questions from the group in real time. A prime example of this as one of the lecture tools is capturing questions from an audience during the presentation.

When using GroupMap as part of your lecture tools, you can create a single or multiple lists to capture questions. As one student adds a question, others with the same question can also add it. You get a list of the most frequently asked questions so you can answer the most important ones first.

Here’s how you set one up…

  1. Select the list of questions map. If you prefer to have multiple lists, choose a different map format e.g. 3 columns.
  2. Share the link or password at the beginning of your lecture.
  3. Ask them to add questions as they go which will be shared with others. Let them know that if they have the same question that someone else has asked that they should add it to their list and remove the rest.
  4. At any time, click on results. Those questions which have been added the most will appear the biggest. (Hint- you can also run a report and sort the questions accordingly)
  5. Now you can answer the most urgent or popular questions first.
  6. As an option – ask students to rate the responses using sliders to see if their question has been answered.
Lecture Tools 2 : Use Exit Tickets for reflection exercises

This is a great exercise which helps to consolidate learning from a lesson you have just delivered.

First, they reflect on the lesson and share the key things they learned or remembered. This tells you if they are picking up the key messages.

Next, they think about how they can apply what they learned today into their work or everyday life. This takes it from theory to practice.

Finally, they ask a burning question that they still have. This can be for their research or form part of your next lesson.

Here’s how you to run the exercise..

1. Select the Exit Ticket Map, and add your lecture or topic as the map name.

2. At the end of the class, invite students in by password or link.

3. Ask them to add what  3 top things they learned today on their own map. It’s a good idea to stop and review the answers to see what people have said.

4. Now ask them to think of 2 practical ways in which they can apply their new knowledge. You can use the like /dislike options to give people feedback on their suggestions.

5. Finally, ask students to add 1 top question that they still have. If there is time, the class can add comments the questions or you can answer them.

Lecture Tools 3 : See more perspectives with PMI

This lecture tool is great for case studies, considering a proposed solution or working through a particular scenario.

They say that there’s 2 sides to every story – this exercise adds a third. Students are asked to critically think through the scenario to say what is the

Plus – Positive arguments or pros

Minus – Negative arguments or cons

Interesting – Neutral factors or key points of note.

This encourages critical thinking and allows students to weight arguments.

Here’s how you to run the exercise..

  1. Select the Plus Minus Interesting Map (Brainstorm)
  2. Invite the class in with a password or link.
  3. Ask them to add their thoughts under each heading. You can choose if you prefer them to brainstorm independently or to see ideas added by others.
  4. Review the results as a group and invite discussion.
  5. As an option, add dot voting for people to pin point on the key arguments presented.
  6. Use the final results to critically analyse the scenario. The arguments with the most dot votes can be displayed larger.
Lecture Tools 4 : Find out what they know, want to know and learned

This trialled and true tool just got a little better. The KWL template helps students consolidate their learning whilst tapping into the collective wisdom of the group.

Pick a topic then find out what students already know about the topic, what they would like to learn, then share their findings.

Students can do this individually or in teams and you can see the results of the whole class.

Here’s how you to run the exercise..

  1. Select the KWL chart
  2. Add a topic and invite people in with a password or link.
  3. Starting with the KNOW column, ask students to share what they already know about the topic.
  4. Stop and reflect on the responses with the class. You can now deliver your lecture or make this part of their research plan.
  5. Next, find out what they would like to know. This can be a question and answer session or you can use this to plan your next lesson.
  6. At the end, ask students to reflect and write down what they have learned. Go through the results with the class.
Lecture Tools 5: Design your own

There are over 40 templates to choose from but the great thing about GroupMap is that you can always create something of your own and create multiple copies for future use.

Here’s a quick run down on the different map types.

Blank Mind Map
Add a central topic, pin a few ideas and let the brainstorming happen.

Divide the group to work on different sections, then review the final combined map with the class.

Blank Chart
Capture ideas against 2 axis, such as people’s perception brands based on price versus quality.

Instantly see where everyone positioned brands as well as the final aggregated position.

Blank List – One to Seven Columns
Creates a list which allows people to drag and drop to prioritise under key headings.

Add your own headings or create your own step by step process to capture the information you want.

See more examples here.

Whichever map you decide to put into place, you can turn your lectures from a one click wonder to a collaborative think tank. These maps can be the lecture tools to help you engage student thinking more effectively.