Riddle is a tool that allows users to develop lists, opinion polls, collect public opinions on selected articles, and pop quizzes. There are price range for accounts range from free to $500 a month.
Type of Material:
Primarily a tool used to engage online customers, as a learning tool it can be integrated into complex topics to help engage learners. Educators can create quizzes for their classes. Undergraduates and graduate students can use Riddle to gather research data collected from polls.
An account must be created in order to access Riddle. From the author: "A free account must be created in order to access Riddle. Accounts are free to create unlimited Riddles - we only charge for various 'premium' features like removing the Riddle logo. Of our teaching users, all of them use the free version."
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The instructor provides the learning goals using this tool.
Target Student Population:
Elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate educators who wish to give pop quizzes. Any students (Elementary through Graduate level) working on research projects.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
An account must be created to use Riddle. A blog, website, or social account is also needed to post the quizzes and polls. From the author: "As your reviewers pointed out, any completed Riddle can be embedded into a blog or shared socially, but the easiest way requires no technical expertise - any teacher could simply share the URL by email or writing on the board, such as this one: http://www.riddle.com/a/34879). Students could click on the URL and interact with the Riddle - all without any need to create their own account."
Very easy to use. Just sign up for an account and the appropriate templates are at your fingertips. Polling, surveys and lists are easy to compose.Interactivity can reinforce lesson content.
It may be difficult to control the content of public comments on articles to ensure that the comments are relevant and appropriate for general audiences to read. Since Riddle is really a marketing tool, its sole application for educators is to get learners to be more interactive about a certain topic.
From the author: "The good news is that students and the public can't actually leave comments on a Riddle - they can only interact with their teacher's poll or quiz. Comments are only possible if the teacher chooses to share a Riddle on Facebook or via their public blog but that's more of an issue with those platforms instead of our wee start up."
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material can be used to improve learning by engaging the student with interactivity. A well-structured Riddle that incorporates materials from the subject matter can be easily integrated into a lesson.
The user can not specify the participant group for polls. There is no way of knowing who is taking the poll and if the poll was taken multiple times by the same person. The quizzes are informal, that is, they are not assessments where the data is captured and a grade assigned. So there is no measurable benefit to using Riddle as a teaching tool.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Usability is outstanding. Just create an account and start creating Riddles. It is easy to copy the link to whatever Riddle one published.
Students would not be able to use Riddle to take quizzes. They would have to access the quizzes through teacher created blogs and website or their own social media accounts. When embedding a Riddle into a web page, the code can look very confusing to a novice.
From the author: "Any teacher could simply share the URL by email or writing on the board, such as this one: http://www.riddle.com/a/34879). Students could click on the URL and interact with the Riddle - all without any need to create their own account."
Other Issues and Comments:
Riddle is updated regularly and they add new items as the become available. In addition to the free version, there is also a version for which a monthly fee is charged.
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