XC Collaboration

XC Basic is standard equipment in the "Add-Ons" tab of SMART Notebook v14 and later. I have found it to
be a useful tool for polling and mid-session feedback, providing participants have web-enabled devices (laptops, tablets, smart phones - connected to the local WiFi).

Some thoughts on its use:
  • For the first few times you use it, consider "Anonymous" rather than "Show names". With the cloak of anonymity, participants will feel less restricted in answering, and you may get more, and more honest, answers. This is particularly true if you're polling and seeking opinions. There is the risk of inappropriate answers, but they do lead to "the teachable moment" to review appropriate usage.
  • Allowing responses to appear in random positions provides an additional learning opportunity for the class to collaboratively organize responses.
  • If you're concerned some folks won't answer because of duplications, consider stacking the answers. After the first few answers, they will be unreadable. Then you can deal with duplicates once you stop the activity and begin pulling out responses and sorting them.
The following three videos provide a good overview and step-by-step directions for the usage of XC.
  1. Video #1 is mainly a sales pitch, but it gives a good overview. Note that some features (e.g. submitting images rather than text) are not available on the basic version that comes as part of the Notebook 14 package). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J-DeBGu4BY
  2. Video #2 is a little boring, but it does follow the essential steps. He glosses over the "connect" step but otherwise provides a great review of the steps needed to use it to poll the students or get some formative feedback. (Note: Jeff refers to installing the add-on, but that's not necessary for those using version 14 of Notebook.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAXE9N6wN58
  3. Video #3 follows from video 2 above. He includes a demo of listing responses by category. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MfMzPbrbmY
Below is a handy one-page "cheatsheet" (PDF file) that covers the basic steps.
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William Lundy,
Apr 2, 2015, 8:09 AM
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