New Jersey Startup Solves The Handraising Conundrum
We were all there at some point in our elementary, middle or high school days. The teacher asked a question and ten hands raised simultaneously. You knew you were first, but Nancy, three desks over, got picked. Damn that girl again. After another 30 unsuccessful hand-raising quests, you just gave up.
Even if you weren’t smart enough to understand then, this was equally as problematic for the teacher. He/she didn’t want to single one student out. They may not have realized they picked the same five students over and over again. Most teachers, believe it or not, want to run a fair, safe, classroom.
“We are two teachers using technology to make the lives of students and teachers easier. Our mission is to create a classroom in which students can easily ask for help without stifling the flow of a lesson.” the company says on their website.
Kyle Niemis, a science teacher in the South Brunswick Public Schools system, along with another teacher named Dan, created Classroomq to curb the exact problem described above. Then, since they’re teachers themselves, they knew they had to make it simple.
Teachers create a quick account on classroomq.com. After that they start a session and put the sessions number on the Smart Board or communicate it to students in some form or fashion. Students then go to classroomq.com and enter the same session number. Voila the session has started.
Now, while the students are going through lessons they can hit a big red button on the screen, describe their question or comment and the teacher sees it on his or her screen. They also see the questions in the order in which they were received. Once the teacher helps the student or lets them answer the question, they move onto the next one.
It couldn’t be simpler.
Check out classroomq.com