If you do not want to display the question of the day for all students to see, you can still get to know your students (even if you don't use this as an avenue for them to get to know each other).
You can always use a quick Google form with the question of the day and multiple choice or even open-ended questions. That's one benefit of a digital question - the "open-ended-ness" of it. Another benefit is that you can analyze the data at a later date if needed. Sometimes I forget to take a photo of one of the questions I wanted to really see the results for, and I'm too late at the end of the day when students start dismantling it to get it ready for a new day.
Another suggestion from Will Stewart was to use a digital tool called Edji.it. He shared the picture below, and then explained he does an attendance question of the day and students "respond with a dot in @EdjiNotes. Put in agenda, questions, sometimes the answer is in emoji." He further explained that it is free, there is no roster needed, students use a code to get in, and there's also a premium edition (that is currently "about a dollar a year forever"). @EdjiNotes chimed into the discussion and mentioned "the 'Heat Vision' button allows the teacher to toggle comments between public and private. Works with images, text, and PDF." They also added that "If you want audio comments, custom reading codes, and more it's $1.54 a year. You can keep that price forever."
Will's students are 10, and as for safety, he explained that "The only content they'll see is what you put in. There is a poop emoji, but no dirty bird."
*The price of the premium version of this tool will go up - it's low right now as a way of saying "thank you" to customers who decide to adopt early. Don't be surprised if the price is not as low as mentioned in this post! And no, I was not paid for this post. I posted as intended - a resource for teachers, as it was suggested by another teacher who is actually using it in the classroom.
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