When I opened up ActivePrompt (real name TBD) last week I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it’d be really useful for prompts like the one I showed in the video. “Where do you think [x] is?”
A bunch of people thought similarly:
I was surprised by some really different tacks, though!
This is one of my favorites, and most different from what I had in mind:
On this grid the students will have to invent a way to communicate with each other about shapes, relative distances, etc. All of their dots are totally anonymous. This is a community building activity as much as it is a math lesson, and vice versa!
The follow up challenge is “create a star shape!” Holy moly – I’d love to see that class.
I’m so pleased to see such a diversity of uses already – I honestly never expected them. This is all totally open source – you can see all of the code at https://github.com/rileylark/activeprompt and I will happily accept offers to help. A few people have already started playing with it, but you can see there are a few active issues – it doesn’t work on the iPad, apparently, and when the picture is too big it gets a little messed up.
Keep ‘em coming, and let me know if you want to help – I’ll probably keep working on the code, because it’s fun, but I’m really eager to help YOU work on the code, because realistically we can get a lot more done together.
Have fun, and if you use this in your class, please post back here to tell us how it goes!