1. Wooclap reaches more than 100,000 teachers in more than 100 countries

    28. May 2019 - 3 min. read
    Wooclap, the start-up which specialises in interactive digital solutions for learning, has announced its platform now counts more than 100 000 teachers from universities and colleges in more than 100 countries. The online tool is available in six languages and allows students to use their smartphones to interact with their teacher in real-time. By making classes more fun, teachers can better draw students’ attention, better measure their understanding of material, and improve the impact of their teaching.

    Wooclap complies to the LTI standard

    4. June 2019 - 1 min. read
    In late 2018, we announced our Moodle plug-in, Wooclap’s first LMS (Learning Management System) integration. Today, Wooclap can integrate many other LMS thanks to the LTI standard. What is the LTI standard? The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard prescribes a way to easily connect learning applications and tools with platforms like learning management systems in a secure and standard manner. OK, but why? Integrating Wooclap into your LMS will synchronise data between the two platforms, including the polls you have created and the students’ grades.

    Review your students’ individual performance throughout the year at the click of a button

    2. July 2019 - 1 min. read
    Every teacher wants to see their students improve, but how is that progress measured? While exams may allow us to see whether students have acquired the necessary knowledge at the end of the school year, they do not enable us to view their progress throughout the year. Since long-term learning relies on linking new information to pre-existing knowledge, it is important for teachers to be able to visualise the learners’ evolution.

    Improving student performance through intrinsic motivation

    6. December 2018 - 3 min. read
    Motivation can be either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation describes behaviour driven by internal rewards, that is behaviour one engages in because it is naturally satisfying, while extrinsically motivated behaviour stems from the expectation of external rewards like money and praise. Though a student’s drive or desire to learn can most often be traced to an external influence, be it impactful teachers or recurring evaluations, students with an internal drive to learn typically display more resolve and engage in more consistent action, making intrinsic motivation a valuable asset to possess.

    7 Ideas to Avoid Boring PowerPoint Presentations!

    30. January 2018 - 4 min. read
    We can assure you, an interactive powerpoint presentation is a memorable one. It encourages your audience to sit up straight and listen to what you are saying, rather than find the most comfortable sitting position to sleep in. A bored audience is a forgetful and undesirable one. To spare you and your listeners this ordeal, here are 7 ways Wooclap can wake up, excite, and inform your audience through entertaining interactions.

    Inviting curiosity and student involvement into the classroom

    19. June 2018 - 2 min. read
    We met with Cindy Lopes-Bento, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, to discuss the way she uses Wooclap to improve student involvement and curiosity during her classes How do you use Wooclap ? I use Wooclap to make my lectures more interactive. During a 2h lecture, my main objective is to keep students involved. To this end, I use different Wooclap questions to add some interaction between me and the students as well as among students themselves.

    Script Concordance Test: what, why, and how?

    26. February 2019 - 2 min. read
    When we introduce a new feature, we usually skip straight to its look and how to use it. However, unlike most of our other interactions, the Script Concordance Test (SCT) might require a short introduction before we get to that. What is an SCT and why is it useful? According to Script concordance testing: from theory to practice, written by __ professors at Canada’s McGill Centre for Medical Education

    Wooclap's Integration into Office 365!

    29. May 2018 - 2 min. read
    In the spirit of the interaction we strive to introduce in classrooms and conference halls everywhere, let us ask you a couple of questions. Are you tired of PowerPoint presentations being a one-way street? Would you like to grant your slides the ability to draw information from your audience in real-time? If you reckon this sounds like some bad infomercial broadcasted on unknown TV channels in the middle of the day, then you know we’re about to offer a solution to all your problems - or at least the ones we’ve mentioned.

    Education is the most difficult sector to automate

    3. July 2018 - 3 min. read
    Automation is disrupting industries and the employment sector by putting a lot of people out of work. According to the BBC, “up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation” (29 November 2017,http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42170100). However, this might not be the case for the sector of education; a report by McKinsey & Co pointed out that from all the analysed sectors, the technical feasibility of automation in education is at the bottom of the list.

    Wooclap becomes free for K-12 schools

    4. September 2018 - 1 min. read
    We’re pleased to announce that our platform has become free for K-12 schools. Why did we choose to do so? By giving teachers free access, we want to contribute to what is most likely going to be the greatest challenge in years to come, namely the rise of technology in education. We do not believe teachers will become obsolete, but rather that their role in education must evolve. Rather than imparting knowledge for students to passively register, teachers will guide their students along the learning process.
  2. Edit presentations: drag, drop, done!

    6. August 2019 - 1 min. read
    We want to help users save their most valuable commodity: their time. This latest product update does so in two ways. First, it makes it easier to insert questions into a presentation: simply drag & drop questions in between slides. It also has the added benefit of showing you a preview of each slide so you can review its content. This brings us to our second point: updating the content of the presentation.

    Why you should teach your students about spaced practice

    9. July 2019 - 4 min. read
    Summer is here: the sun is shining, the seashore and evening cocktails call us to enjoy a well-deserved rest, but our journey about the psychology of learning continues! If you missed an episode, don’t worry. Here is what we’ve learned so far: First, we grounded our research into a practical setting. Remember: good classroom practices stem from cognitive psychology rather than fundamental neurosciences. Then, we encouraged teachers to experiment in their classroom with a technique called retrieval practice.

    Review your students’ individual performance throughout the year at the click of a button

    2. July 2019 - 1 min. read
    Every teacher wants to see their students improve, but how is that progress measured? While exams may allow us to see whether students have acquired the necessary knowledge at the end of the school year, they do not enable us to view their progress throughout the year. Since long-term learning relies on linking new information to pre-existing knowledge, it is important for teachers to be able to visualise the learners’ evolution.

    How can teachers use the Test effect to promote long-term learning?

    11. June 2019 - 4 min. read
    In last month’s article we tried to differentiate between seedlings and weeds of the so-called “Neuromania” world. Now that we have clarified the terms of the debate, the following articles will discuss some of psychology’s findings which can be translated into good teaching practices. In this piece, we will discover that: Quizzes are not only used to measure students’ knowledge: they also help to strengthen it. Students should be encouraged to undergo this exercise, which is different from a traditional “read-underline” revision.

    Wooclap complies to the LTI standard

    4. June 2019 - 1 min. read
    In late 2018, we announced our Moodle plug-in, Wooclap’s first LMS (Learning Management System) integration. Today, Wooclap can integrate many other LMS thanks to the LTI standard. What is the LTI standard? The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard prescribes a way to easily connect learning applications and tools with platforms like learning management systems in a secure and standard manner. OK, but why? Integrating Wooclap into your LMS will synchronise data between the two platforms, including the polls you have created and the students’ grades.

    Wooclap reaches more than 100,000 teachers in more than 100 countries

    28. May 2019 - 3 min. read
    Wooclap, the start-up which specialises in interactive digital solutions for learning, has announced its platform now counts more than 100 000 teachers from universities and colleges in more than 100 countries. The online tool is available in six languages and allows students to use their smartphones to interact with their teacher in real-time. By making classes more fun, teachers can better draw students’ attention, better measure their understanding of material, and improve the impact of their teaching.

    “Neuromania” in the classroom

    14. May 2019 - 4 min. read
    This article discusses: « neuromyths » as a result of the superficial interpretation of neuroscientific discoveries; how these « neuromyths » can adversely affect the politics of education, why neuroscience is not the discipline best qualified to prescribe the most effective teaching methods, and why the scientific literature from hybrid disciplines such as cognitive psychology and pedagogical field studies show that tools like Wooclap are of vital importance to education.

    New feature: Create folders in which to file your events

    7. May 2019 - 1 min. read
    Many among you requested it, so we made it happen! Start organising your events in folders today and manage them more easily. Find out all there is to know about folders here! Any thoughts? Share your feedback and suggestions with us! Sign up for free

    Script Concordance Test: what, why, and how?

    26. February 2019 - 2 min. read
    When we introduce a new feature, we usually skip straight to its look and how to use it. However, unlike most of our other interactions, the Script Concordance Test (SCT) might require a short introduction before we get to that. What is an SCT and why is it useful? According to Script concordance testing: from theory to practice, written by __ professors at Canada’s McGill Centre for Medical Education

    Coming Soon: Our New Design!

    12. February 2019 - 1 min. read
    For the past few months, we have been working hard to make the “Wooclap event” interface — commonly referred to as the dashboard —more user-friendly. Here’s what you can expect from the new design: A familiar structure An event still consists of three tabs; the votes, the messages, and the participant pace. Following user requests, we have implemented some changes to make your experience more enjoyable. Quick access to event settings All event settings are within reach, regardless of the tab in which you are currently working.

    Wooclap raises €1.4 million to better captivate students

    8. February 2019 - 2 min. read
    Wooclap, the interactive platform which facilitates in-class student participation, recently closed a funding round to help it reach its objective of leading the European market within the next two years. The company raised €1.4 million from Alain Dehaze (CEO of The Adecco Group), Pierre-Olivier Beckers (former CEO of Delhaize), and its previous investors. 60 000 convinced teachers in more than 100 countries Launched in early 2015 by Sébastien Lebbe (CEO) and Jonathan Alzetta (CTO), the start-up’s EdTech platform is currently used by more than 60,000 teachers in more than 100 countries.

    Non-cognitive factors and their impact on student performance

    15. January 2019 - 3 min. read
    Because most schools and institutions of higher education rely on grades and results to measure their students’ success, their teaching methods tend to focus on the traditional academic skills required to perform well within those measures. Thus, some important factors — mostly non-cognitive factors —are ignored, while their influence on student performance has already been found to be significant. Members of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research have created a model depicting the undeniable link between these non-cognitive factors — students’ behaviours, beliefs, mindsets, and social-emotional skills — and academic performance.

    Improving student performance through intrinsic motivation

    6. December 2018 - 3 min. read
    Motivation can be either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation describes behaviour driven by internal rewards, that is behaviour one engages in because it is naturally satisfying, while extrinsically motivated behaviour stems from the expectation of external rewards like money and praise. Though a student’s drive or desire to learn can most often be traced to an external influence, be it impactful teachers or recurring evaluations, students with an internal drive to learn typically display more resolve and engage in more consistent action, making intrinsic motivation a valuable asset to possess.

    Student mindset: fixed vs growth

    27. November 2018 - 3 min. read
    A student’s mindset tells you how they deal with failure and success in a learning environment, and reflects the image they have of their own learning potential. It describes their understanding of what it means to learn, and is therefore a great influence on their motivation and the habits they will develop for further learning. Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck discerns two main types of student mindset: growth and fixed.

    When is multitasking beneficial?

    15. November 2018 - 3 min. read
    According to most cognitive scientists, performing even two relatively complex mental tasks at once is practically impossible for the average person, unless one of them has been completely automatised through practice. What people usually do when they think they are multitasking is actually task switching, or alternating between tasks over short periods of time, which causes a loss in efficiency. Different tasks have different objectives and rules to attain them, which means that every time we move from one task to another, different objectives and rules must be taken into consideration.

    Implementing and combining different teaching strategies

    8. November 2018 - 3 min. read
    One of the greatest issues of today’s education is its short-term focus on academic results and the lack of importance attributed to long-term learning and understanding. The consequence in terms of learning strategies is the overwhelming practice of cramming among students of all ages, despite the long-standing proof that spreading learning across numerous shorter sessions is far more effective for the creation of durable memories than fewer longer studying sessions.
  3. Wooclap reaches more than 100,000 teachers in more than 100 countries

    28. May 2019 - 3 min. read
    Wooclap, the start-up which specialises in interactive digital solutions for learning, has announced its platform now counts more than 100 000 teachers from universities and colleges in more than 100 countries. The online tool is available in six languages and allows students to use their smartphones to interact with their teacher in real-time. By making classes more fun, teachers can better draw students’ attention, better measure their understanding of material, and improve the impact of their teaching.

    Wooclap raises €1.4 million to better captivate students

    8. February 2019 - 2 min. read
    Wooclap, the interactive platform which facilitates in-class student participation, recently closed a funding round to help it reach its objective of leading the European market within the next two years. The company raised €1.4 million from Alain Dehaze (CEO of The Adecco Group), Pierre-Olivier Beckers (former CEO of Delhaize), and its previous investors. 60 000 convinced teachers in more than 100 countries Launched in early 2015 by Sébastien Lebbe (CEO) and Jonathan Alzetta (CTO), the start-up’s EdTech platform is currently used by more than 60,000 teachers in more than 100 countries.

    Wooclap in Brazilian Portuguese

    4. September 2018 - 1 min. read
    While travelling around the world during summer holidays, Wooclap met some lovely Brazilian people, who offered to teach it their native language. Eager to learn, and not being one to ignore a challenge, the platform got to studying, and though it may not yet have completely mastered the language, Brazilian users can expect to be greeted with a friendly “Olá” pretty soon. Once perfected, this will be Wooclap’s seventh language, having already learned French, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, and Russian in the past three and a half years.

    Wooclap becomes free for K-12 schools

    4. September 2018 - 1 min. read
    We’re pleased to announce that our platform has become free for K-12 schools. Why did we choose to do so? By giving teachers free access, we want to contribute to what is most likely going to be the greatest challenge in years to come, namely the rise of technology in education. We do not believe teachers will become obsolete, but rather that their role in education must evolve. Rather than imparting knowledge for students to passively register, teachers will guide their students along the learning process.

    Education is the most difficult sector to automate

    3. July 2018 - 3 min. read
    Automation is disrupting industries and the employment sector by putting a lot of people out of work. According to the BBC, “up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation” (29 November 2017,http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42170100). However, this might not be the case for the sector of education; a report by McKinsey & Co pointed out that from all the analysed sectors, the technical feasibility of automation in education is at the bottom of the list.

    Testimony of Bruno De Lièvre, professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education at Umons

    26. June 2018 - 3 min. read
    Bruno De Lièvre, professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education at the University of Mons, details his Wooclap experience “Wooclap at UMONS” I have been using active methods (cuadros games, TRC, …) to liven up large audiences for a few years now. My criteria of choice are: it has to be in service of student learning, easy to implement, and suitable for large groups (350–400 students)

    Inviting curiosity and student involvement into the classroom

    19. June 2018 - 2 min. read
    We met with Cindy Lopes-Bento, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, to discuss the way she uses Wooclap to improve student involvement and curiosity during her classes How do you use Wooclap ? I use Wooclap to make my lectures more interactive. During a 2h lecture, my main objective is to keep students involved. To this end, I use different Wooclap questions to add some interaction between me and the students as well as among students themselves.

    Good Wooclap Hunting!

    12. June 2018 - 3 min. read
    We made it 🙌! Wooclap is being launched on Product Hunt TODAY, and we’d like to invite you all to share our excitement! Btw: Big up to Bram Kanstein for launching us ❤! For those among you who don’t know, Product hunt is a website that launches the best and newest products on a daily basis. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.

    Wooclap is working with Microsoft to make PowerPoint interactive

    8. June 2018 - 3 min. read
    In early 2015, Wooclap launched its platform and took part in one of the Microsoft Innovation Center’s programmes. Its founders wanted to use technology to promote interaction between higher education teachers and students in an innovative way. How? By answering questions using one’s own device. Three years and tens of thousands of users later, Wooclap is announcing the next step in its collaboration with Microsoft. What can Wooclap do? Wooclap is an online platform, on which teachers can create questions to ask their students during class.

    Wooclap's Integration into Office 365!

    29. May 2018 - 2 min. read
    In the spirit of the interaction we strive to introduce in classrooms and conference halls everywhere, let us ask you a couple of questions. Are you tired of PowerPoint presentations being a one-way street? Would you like to grant your slides the ability to draw information from your audience in real-time? If you reckon this sounds like some bad infomercial broadcasted on unknown TV channels in the middle of the day, then you know we’re about to offer a solution to all your problems - or at least the ones we’ve mentioned.

    How to interact with an audience of more than 1,000 people

    22. May 2018 - 1 min. read
    Olivier Peeters, Head of Marketing & Innovation at BNP Paribas Fortis, shares his experience with Wooclap. What to remember from this meeting With an audience of over 1,000 people, Wooclap is a great way to grab the attention of participants 2 advantages: Wooclap brings interactivity and allows to measure the knowledge of the audience 2 ways to participate to get a maximum of answers: SMS or WEB (New Feature : QRcode).

    Здравствуйте to our Russian users!

    15. May 2018 - 1 min. read
    Trying to keep up with Wooclap’s ever-growing fan club, we’re proud to announce that its entire platform is now available in Russian! This is already the sixth language Wooclap has learned, in half as many years. Experts say it may one day even create its very own language, a combination of cheers (woo’s) and applause (claps) that would render any obstacle to global communication and understanding speechless (pun very much intended).

    How to grab the attention of your students and create a better learning atmosphere?

    2. May 2018 - 1 min. read
    Wooclap has a wide range of applications, and depending on the context and the user, the platform might be used in a different way. Here are some of Audrey Dedonder’s tips and tricks, as well as her feedback about real time interaction in the classroom. Audrey Dedonder, Assistant professor at Parnasse-ISEI Audrey Dedonder, assistant professor at Parnasse-ISEI (Haute Ecole Léonard de Vinci), explains her experience with Wooclap/

    The University of Mons deploys Wooclap to boost its courses!

    10. April 2018 - 1 min. read
    University of Mons, is one of the many universities to have decided to generalise the use of Wooclap to boost its courses in auditoriums and small classes! On Friday, March 16th, the Pedagogical Support Service of UMONS organized the second Teachers’ Day. This day allowed to highlight and to make known to the community, the pedagogical innovations established by the teachers of UMONS to further improve the quality of the teaching which is provided there.

    Wooclap integrates with Moodle to simplify your classroom

    20. March 2018 - 1 min. read
    Many among you asked us to do it, and we just did! Users will now be able to import questionnaires from Moodle to Wooclap, and vice-versa. Thank you to all the teachers and pedagogical engineers who continuously help us with the development of our platform. We strive to answer every one of your needs, by offering you the greatest possible tool. To that end, other integrations will soon be unveiled.

    Universidad de La Laguna — Flipped classrooms & Wooclap

    27. February 2018 - 1 min. read
    Wooclap was recently mentioned in a video featuring Prof. Enrique Quintero and Prof. Manuel Hernández, both educators at the Universidad de La Laguna. The two colleagues discussed a revolution in the way medicine is taught, a revolution centred around flipped classrooms. In their eyes, teachers should no longer be the protagonists in their classrooms, but classes should revolve around students and their role in their own education. Teachers used to prepare entire courses, which they’d introduce to their students by assuming a very active role, while students played the part of passive recipients of information.