You will see the Home Screen after logging into Tapsponder. This screen allows you to enter new codes to add content, gives you access to all of the content you have already added, and provides links to the other major features for Tapsponder: QuickPoll, Run Activities, View Results, Create Activities and Settings. Each of these are discussed in more detail below.
Enter Book Code
There are two ways to add new content to your library. You can enter a code in the box at the top right of the Home screen, or you can click the Add button at the left hand side of your list of titles. Please note that codes can be used only once. When you enter a valid code, the content will be added to your library. Clicking on any of the titles will take you to the to activities for that title.
Run Activities Screen
This is where you will assign activities to your students and set the options for each assignment. It has the following four sections:Activities (those included in this app); My Activities (those you create yourself); Description; and Standards.
Students can easily access the activities you assign in two ways. On an iPad®, they can download the free Student Version of the Tapsonder app available in the iTunes store. They can also log in to the student web page using any web-enabled device at http://www.tapsponder.com/.
The Activities tab has the following columns and functions:
The name of the activity. Clicking on the name will allow you to Preview the activity.
Check this box to make the activity available to your students. The most recently assigned activity will appear at the top of the list in a student’s list of assigned activities.
Set this button to its “On” position to give students immediate feedback on their activities. As soon as they make a choice, they will know if they answered the question correctly or not. While Feedback is on, students cannot change answers once they have selected them. However, if Feedback is off, students will have the opportunity to change their answers, even review previous questions, until they have hit the submit button.
Takes the activity “Live.” Students signed into your Room will discover the Live activity at the top of the screen. They can join the activity by clicking the Join button. The advantage of taking an assignment live is that students will be presented with the button at the top of the screen--no hunting through the list of assignments necessary.
Live Activities There are two types of live activity: Self-Paced and Teacher-Paced.
The Self-Paced activity allows students to answer questions at their own pace. As the teacher, you will see live information as students answer questions. You can cycle through the questions as they are answered.
The Teacher-Paced activity allows the teacher to set the pace. Questions advance at the teacher’s discretion. The main screen displays the current question and provides you with a link to View the Results and a Next button to advance to the next question. Students who have not answered the current question will be unable to do so once the button is clicked, and there is no method for students to go back to alter their answers.
Options During Live Activities
By Question shows a breakdown of how students answered the selected question;
By Activity indicates what percentage of the class (of those who have answered the questions) answered correctly on each question;
By Student presents a table of all participating students and their answers to each question including the percentage of correct answers.
The Preview button allows you to view the activity as if you were a student.
The End Activity button will end the activity. Students who have not completed the activity will be unable to do so.
The Student Indicator appears beneath the Room Number and displays a ratio of students who have completed the question (Teacher-Paced) or the entire activity (Self-Paced) over the total number of students that have logged into the room.
The date the activity was last completed by a student.
My Activities Tab
In addition to the functions listed under Activities, the My Activities tab has the following additional functions:
Allows you to edit the activities that you have added. You cannot edit pre-loaded activities.
Will delete, forever, the activity.
An overview of the app and the included activities.
Includes a sorted list of all standards applicable to this set of activities. Each individual standard can be expanded to display the related activities.
Quick Poll Screen
Quick Poll allows you to create polls and receive instant feedback. The Quick Poll will allow you to ask a True/False or Multiple Choice Question to which the students can respond. This feature is perfect for voting or quick tests of knowledge where students may remain anonymous. This option should be used in a classroom when all the students are physically present as no questions will appear on their screen during the poll.
Students who log in and join your room will automatically join the Quick Poll in progress. After you ask the question, students may respond. You can then see in real time a tally of student responses.
After all of your students have answered, you may end the activity or ask another question.
Create Activities Screen
If you want to create your own simple activities, this screen is where you will do it.
First, give your activity a name.
Hit the Add Question button. You will be prompted to select Multiple Choice, True/False or Short Answer.
Type the question in the Question box.
If you selected Multiple Choice or True/False as the question type, fill in the list of answers to select from and check the box next to the correct answer. If you decide you want to delete a question, simply click on the red X next the question to remove it from the list of questions. Note that this will also delete the answers associated with the question.
If you selected Short Answer, you only have to fill in the question. Note that Short Answer questions are always assumed “Correct” by the response system as long as the student puts in some kind of answer. You will have the opportunity to review and mark short answer questions as correct or incorrect once the activity is completed on the View Results screen.
Continue adding questions until you’re done and then hit the Save button to save the activity or Cancel to leave the editor without saving the activity.
Once you have saved and exited the Add Questions section, you can edit or review them through the Run Activities screen under the My Activities tab.
View Results Screen
The View Results screen gives you access to the results for previous activities. These are listed in the drop-down menu, sorted by date and activity name. After selecting the desired activity, you can view the results just as you did in the Go Live tab (see above). You can view responses by Question, by Activity and by Student.
If the activity included short answer questions, you can review these by viewing the responses by Question, navigating to the question that contains the short answer, and hitting the Review Answers button. You will see a list of student responses you can mark.
Note: Responses from Quick Poll activities will not appear here as they are not saved.
You can return to the main screen using the Back button.
You can email the results of the selected activity using the Email Results button. A spreadsheet of the results will be sent to the email address you used to log in to the system. This spreadsheet can then be saved and uploaded to your LMC or other grading system.
Other Apps Screen
Displays a list of other titles you may be interested in.
You can make changes to basic settings here.
Change Room Number
You can change the room number, but you must select a room number that is not being used. The Room Number can be a combination of any alphanumeric characters, so 110 is ok, and so is MrSmith128.
Change Room Code
You can change or remove the room code needed to access the activities. Both you and your students will need to use the updated Room Number and Room Code.
Change the email address associated with these activities.
Change the password you use to log into the system.
Type the password in a second time--must match the first password.
After you’ve made your changes, hit the Save button.
Takes you to the main page where you can navigate to any of the other sections.
Displays the Help page.
Signs you out of your session and displays the login screen. You should always sign out of the system for privacy and security reasons. Even if you sign out of the Teacher portion of the system, students can still log into the student portal and complete any activities that have been assigned.