There have been many times during my teaching career that I’ve wanted to gather my students’ input to make decisions.  Would they be amenable to a due date change on their upcoming paper?  What resolution would they like to research for their next in-class debate?  Would they like to meet in the library or the classroom to work on their group projects?

In some cases, a student may be hesitant to express their opinion in front of others (who wants to be the one person who opposes a due date extension?).  Other times, I simply want a quick and easy way to “take the pulse” of my class without counting raised hands or scraps of paper.

Tricider has provided a simple and free solution to all my brainstorming, crowdsourcing, and voting needs.

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A user initiates a poll or brainstorming session simply by proposing a question.  Then, participants can contribute their own ideas, up-vote other’s contributions, provide arguments for their votes, even upload images.  Tricider can be used to help make both large and small decisions, such as where to eat lunch!

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 3.46.33 PMClick Here to see Tricider in action!

Uses:

  • Collaborative brainstorming
  • Idea ranking
  • Making decisions

Benefits:

  • Free
  • Can be used without registering
  • Synchronous or asynchronous collaboration
  • Share a poll via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or embedding on a website
  • Set deadlines
  • Export to Excel

Application: http://tricider.com