The gradebook has just received a performance update!
Loading the gradebook, searching for students, and exporting scores should all be quicker now. Smaller classes may not notice as much of a difference (because the gradebook should already should be pretty quick), however larger classes should definitely see an improvement.
An FAQ page is also now available on the site which should help to answer your most common questions.
Starting this week we are happy to announce that ClassQuestion.com is a completely free service for both teachers and students!
You and your class can now register and have access to the full ClassQuestion website without any kind of payment. Unlike using iClickers and other polling websites, you no longer have to worry about price being a barrier for students to participate and start answering questions in your class! Any student can simply register at classquestion.com/students and start sending you their answers immediately.
So how can this all be free? We’ve moved to a donation based model of running the site. Members can help support us by visiting our Patreon page and donating any amount they’d like. Don’t want to donate? You don’t have to! You and your class can always use the full classquestion website entirely for free without donating. Donating comes with benefits such as rewards such as fun reward icons for students and the removal of a small google banner ad on the student page.
Thanks to a new upgrade ClassQuestion is now speedier than ever. Today the overall memory of the server has been doubled which will allow more students to be logged on without anything slowing down!
A couple of updates on some site updates (redundant I know..)!
- Folders now automatically resort questions after a question is moved or deleted. Previously moving a question created a hole where the question used to be, now the questions shift to fill the gap
- Students now get a reminder to bookmark their class login page when they first create an account. The goal is to remind students they don’t have to remember/type/ask for the full website address each time they want to log into the website, instead they can just click a bookmark on their phone or laptop.
- On another note, there has been a little more server downtime than usual and this because our hosting service (Digital Ocean) has been updating to protect against Meltdown/Spectre. Those updates are now complete, just in-time for Spring!
When asking a question in class it can be useful to show students how much time they have left as well as the current question.
One option is to put the computer in “mirror” mode, where the second display/projector just copies what is on the screen.
However, if you use an “extend monitor” function during your lecture to display different information on the projector than what is on your computer, ClassQuestion now has a way to show students the timer and question information in a separate window!
Clicking the popup button on the top-right of the timer will now open a window with the current question and and time remaining left on the question. This window is also automatically updated! Whenever the question or timer is changed this window will instantly show the new information.
This now allows you to drag the question popup window over to your second screen (the projector) while you manage the question/lecture from your screen!
The gradebook just got a new Quick Export option! If you want a quick and easy way to download total participation and correct answer points for your class, just navigate to the Export tab in gradebook and Quick Export is now the default export option.
Do you use Canvas (https://canvas.instructure.com/) to manage your class? Say goodbye to tediously editing excel files because Quick Export now has a Canvas formatting option!
We plan to add more online gradebooks to Quick Export in the future. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know which ones you use.
The gradebook still has a Custom Export option for those times when you need to export specific dates or combine participation and correct answer scores into a single file. Just click Custom Export at the top of the Export panel.
ClassQuestion now has a shiny new blog!
All new developments/updates/happenings with the website will be posted here in the future. This includes general announcements, new website features , improvements to existing features, and just general thoughts on development of the site!
Currently, there are some features in the works that I am very excited about. More on that in the near future!