A-Z Tools & Technologies: Tricider

What is Tricider?

Tricider is a free web based application where users can post a question and share it with others for brainstorming or collecting votes or getting feedback. It might be useful for eliciting opinions about a subject or feedback on the service provided in order to make informed decisions. It can also be used for online classroom collaboration – group work; organising ideas; commenting on ideas and adding arguments; coming up with solutions and learning together.

“Edvertisement: Tricider” – a video clip introducing the idea of using Tricider to make brainstorming richer:

How does it work?

In order to create a poll or a class group activity you need to go to: http://www.tricider.com/home and type your question in the space provided right in the centre of the screen. You do not have to set up an account but if you wish to access summary of comments then follow the simple account set up instructions.

The free version has a limit on how long the question is open to entries. After 13 days the poll is closed and you can access summarised information from the ‘tricision’ (question) overview screen.

Here are some of the features of the free brainstorming tool:

  • anyone can answer the question even without logging in
  • to invite people to reply to your question you either email or provide a link or post it on facebook or other social media
  • ‘tricision overview’ shows all questions you’ve asked
  • you can add the ‘tricision’ to a blog, website etc
  • you can add description and images to ideas

Go to the tricider website for more details: http://www.tricider.com/features

What are the implications for Teaching, Learning and Assessment?

This service can be used in class for group work or to get online feedback after an activity or course. It can also provide a base for brainstorming ideas or mindmapping around a topic. This can support debates and discussions in class and online. Good for yes/no as well as open ended questions. It could also be used for formative assessment.

Useful website links, videos, infographics etc. about Tricider

Wordle: Tricider

Wordle: Tricider

A free online course on using tricider: http://alison.com/courses/Using-Tricider-for-Online-Classroom-Collaboration

An example of a tricision ‘Why are teachers not using ICT’: http://www.tricider.com/embed/?show=2uGVeXBKL5h

My attempt at creating a tricision: http://www.tricider.com/brainstorming/2mtYPvWVv3Z

What do you use for brainstorming and feedback? Would you consider using tricider instead or do you find your strategies easier? Please enter your thoughts in the comments section below.



Postgraduate Programmes Administrator at York St John University and Lets Think Secondary Science research project Administrator. Qualified teacher of English as a foreign language and an experienced teacher of Polish. Technology enthusiast and a keen learner.

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5 Responses

  1. Phil Vincent says:

    Great post Agnieszka! Tricider looks like a really easy to use tool, and looks quite useful too!

    Russell Stannard has some great video tutorials on his website on how to use Tricider: http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/sharing-discussing/tricider.html


  2. Rebecca Bailey says:

    Hi Agnieszka. This looks amazing. I usually brainstorm with flip chart paper and marker pens. It gets the students up and about and working in teams. However, this might add a bit of variety to my sessions! Thanks!

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