1) Once you have registered and have installed the Ponder add-on to your browser, you can respond to any article on the web, thereby making a contribution to the class activity feed. Remember at this time, the Ponder add-on is only available for the Chrome and Firefox browsers or by using our iOS app. When you create a micro-reading response it will post to the class activity feed along with a link to the article. (More information on video micro-responses.)
To install, simply login to Ponder in Firefox or Chrome and you will be prompted to install with the following dialog:
Once installed, the Ponder extension will appear in your browser like this:
2) Navigate to an article and select or highlight the text you would like to respond to and click the that pops up.
With the browser extension installed, when you highlight text in your browser, a Ponder response button will appear next to the highlight/selection like this:
(Minimum of 7 characters, maximum of 500 characters)
3) Then click on the button to open the response box. Purple Ponder quotes will show up around the text you selected:
4) Pick a sentiment that matches what you'd like to say. The different sentiment colors can help guide you.
5) If you want to clarify your thought and extend the sentiment, click the pencil icon () to add a short text elaboration
6) Click on the Themes tab to apply themes to your response.
7) When your response is ready, click the submit button to share it with the rest of your group.
Congratulations! You have create a micro-response. It will post to the activity feed of your class (or classes) shortly.
8) If the article is on a site listed in the reading list or is itself listed in the course packet, when you or someone else in your class re-visits the page with Ponder installed in the browser, you will see responses underlined with tick marks along the right-hand side of the page to help you navigate to responses.
You can click on the underlined responses to either change and update your own response or respond to someone else's response. The color-coding of the tick-marks and the underlining corresponds to the color coding of the sentiment types.
Highlighting text and creating a reading response should work on almost any page in your browser, including PDFs. An exception to that rule are web sites you visit by https or ssl are by default disabled in Ponder (unless the teacher for your class has added them to the reading list.) There is also a long list of web sites like banks that we specifically prevent Ponder from being used on, as they do not usually have content on them that is relevant for discussion, and may have sensitive information that we do not want people to unintentionally share with their classmates.