NetSupport School is built with features for best practice in the classroom in mind. It is unique in offering both a digital journal (containing a copy of all lesson content for post-lesson review) and a Question and Answer Module for delivering quick and engaging questioning and assessment in the classroom. Supporting these features are our Survey module and a full Testing suite.
ASSESSMENT: QUESTION AND ANSWER (Q&A) MODULE
The Q&A Module is an exclusive collaborative tool that enables teachers to reinforce key learning points and instantly gauge student understanding during a lesson.
Built around current teaching practices for the continual assessment of learning, it allows a teacher to verbally ask questions to the class, gauge student answers and understanding, introduce new questioning styles to the lesson (such as basketball questioning), and develop peer assessment opportunities - as well as track rewards against both the individual and, where appropriate, teams.
The module provides the following options:
First to Answer
When the question has been asked, the teacher can set a 'thinking time' after which students indicate if they know the answer, with the teacher's desktop showing the order in which they answered. The teacher can choose the 'top x' fastest responders and the quickest student is asked for their answer. The teacher confirms if it is right or wrong and then has the option to bounce the question to subsequent students. Points can be awarded or deducted.
The teacher enters the answer to a question in advance and students are prompted for their responses'. Results are instantly displayed to the class and points awarded or deducted.
An alternative to First to Answer, the teacher can involve a number of randomly selected students.
Students can be placed in teams allowing them to compete for rewards as a group. Teams can be created randomly or students can pick a team to join. Each team member enters their answer and the group's combined total is displayed.
This encourages students to give feedback in response to an answer given by one of their classmates. They indicate if the answer given was correct or incorrect and the teacher's screen displays the results.
During a typical class, all appropriate items relating to the subject can be captured and added into a PDF file for post-lesson review by each student, or to share with any who are absent.
The Student Journal allows a teacher to store a digital record of the following activities ready for a student to review after class:
- Lesson details and objectives.
- Teacher and individual student notes.
- Screenshots and notes from within a presentation.
- Class or group survey results.
- Virtual Whiteboard screens.
- Individual student test results.
- URLs of websites used during the lesson.
- Copies of any class Chat transcripts.
- Resources (these can be added to the same journal in subsequent lessons).
The Student Journal makes it easy for teachers by including:
- Tutor Toolbar icon to indicate whether the teacher's journal is started (and the journal status is shown on their status bar).
- Addition of named chapters to the Student Journal.
- Inclusion of the Student Register in the teacher's journal.
- Automatic creation of bookmarks based on chapters.
- Journal synchronisation - if the student has missed items, these can be inserted in the correct position in line with the teacher's journal.
- Customisation of the journal with your school's logo.
View an example Student Journal as a (PDF) here.
Find out if your students have understood the content covered during the lesson by conducting an instant survey.
- Create a survey using pre-supplied or custom responses.
- See instantly all responses and a summary for the class.
- Create groups dynamically based on student responses.
- Publish survey results to all students.
STUDENT TESTING AND QUIZ
Design tests and examinations with the minimum of effort, including text, picture, audio and video questions.
- Create a library of resources and questions that can be shared.
- Create any number of tests using questions from your library.
- Now utilise any of 8 different question styles.
- Create questions with between 2 and 4 possible answers.
- Set examination grading levels (i.e. over 75% = A grade).
- Track student progress and see question success or failure in real time.
- Auto-mark the test so results are available as soon as it is completed.
- Display individual results back to each student.
- Deliver results (including highlighting the correct answers) to the class.
- Install the Test Designer on a standalone system.
Online testing resources and content sharing.
Visit the online content and Resource Centre, where teachers can browse for questions by topic or category, upload questions and exams they have already produced and are willing to share, or download resources others have already provided. The Resource Centre provides a simple yet flexible location where educators around the globe can share curriculum content, all without any cost.
"Look no further if you want the perfect network training and teaching tool, as NetSupport School is in a league of its own.
The jewel in its crown is undoubtedly the Testing module which provides the tools to create tests and exams and deploy them over the network simultaneously to multiple systems."