Last weekend, I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 BC TEAL conference, working together with a friend and former colleague to deliver a short presentation around a website called Tricider, which helps to boost debate, conversation and engagement among students in English classes. Not only can students write their own responses, but also respond directly to one another and even vote on responses they like the best. The beauty of Tricider is that it can be used in so many different ways and for lots of different purposes. Hopefully you can start using Tricider in your English lessons too. Here are the basics to get started below.

First of all, some of the main advantages of using tricider are that it requires no sign up on the part of students, it has many user-friendly features for both students and teachers, but best of all, its totally free.

1.Make your Question: The first step is simple, create the question that you want to ask your students, and hit go!

2. Jazz up your question: Next, add details, or customize your question with images, personalisation and so on…

3. Invite Participants: You are then presented with a plethora of invitation options for your students, send an e-mail, post to a facebook wall, a facebook message, to twitter or even to linkedIn. Alternatively, you could also make a QR code for students to scan, which not only incorporates technology, but also saves masses of time for both teachers and students!

4. Get your answers: Once your students receive their invitations, it’s time to start collecting your answers. Simply add your idea in the box provided, adding a description or image if needed, then hit save, it’s that easy. Students can then begin responding to one anothers responses and voting on the ideas or suggestions they like the best, except for their own of course.

5. Review Answers: Once you have your answers, you can collect and analyse your responses. There are a range of tools for analysis, including excel spreadsheets and data tables that breakdown responses by positive and negatives, names and votes.

6. Motivate Engagement: Encourage your learners to engage with Tricider by offering small rewards, coffee cards, amazon cards, or class points etc. It’s a great way to ensure you receive meaningful responses, and that all ideas can be voted on by all members of a class/group.

Why do Educators love Tricider? Well, it allows students to…

  • Easily Brainstorm and share ideas as class/in a group
  • Revisit posts to edit/add ideas
  • Improve their writing skills
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Encourage autonomous L2 learning
  • Foster communucation in and out of the classroom
  • Describe ideas using words, images, and pictures
  • Set and follow clear deadlines for submission

So are you ready? You can visit the Tricider website to get started!

Note: I would like to extend a huge thanks to Laura Brass for her help in helping me to create this article. You can find her website here.

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