Student Response Systems

By Doe, Charles | Multimedia & Internet@Schools, July-August 2010 | Go to article overview

Student Response Systems


Doe, Charles, Multimedia & Internet@Schools


[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

STUDENT response systems (SRS), also called "clickers," are handheld devices that help teachers poll students during class sessions and tabulate the responses. This technology is the same (often with the same devices) as that used when audiences are asked to vote on something during a television quiz program. These systems are also known as classroom response systems, personal response systems, and audience response systems.

Basically, this technology enables students to respond to a question by entering their answers into a handheld device. A computer using specialized software registers all of the student responses, possibly as many as hundreds of them at a time. With a computer, projector, or a whiteboard, a teacher can display a graph of class responses, discuss group or individual responses, or use the information for lesson planning and other purposes.

Response technologies vary tremendously. Some make it possible to use a cell phone or other handheld device as a clicker. Some enable users to respond with text only, with numbers only, or by pressing one of three or four buttons. Some models allow students to press a button when they don't understand what's going on or in other specific situations; some only allow responses to specific questions.

Some technologies identify the responses of specific students; some don't identify users. Some automatically feed answers into grading systems and can be used for administering paperless quizzes. Some can be used for taking attendance and other purposes such as answering questions with text messaging, a very recent technology. Some are compatible with assessment and other programs such as Pearson's Limelight assessment program, which works with both eInstruction and Promethean clickers.

The advantages of student response systems include increasing student involvement and allowing rapid and accurate assessment of understanding, knowledge, or interest. These systems can help teachers take advantage of lesson plans they already have and, in some cases, help them create new plans. In general, they create more opportunities for students to participate and can lead to a more stimulating learning environment that encourages student participation.

This roundup will provide a look at a representative sampling of student response systems. The information is intended to provide a basic overview for anyone interested in incorporating clickers into their teaching techniques and options.

ResponseWare

Turning Technologies, LLC

www.turningtechnologies.com

Turning's ResponseWare technology turns a user's own computer or mobile device into a data collection point for a student response system. This setup is designed for schools with PC or Mac labs, mobile carts, internet-ready PDAs, or iPod touch devices. The system supports the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry smartphones, and Windows Mobile devices, as well as laptop and desktop computers.

Student responses are gathered via the internet using a Wi-Fi or data connection; the system immediately transfers the responses to TurningPoint or TurningPoint AnyWhere polling applications. The responses can be collected from devices with a QWERTY keyboard or an alphanumeric keypad (found on a cell phone).

Users can submit questions electronically to a presenter during an interactive polling session. The question-and-answer choices can be displayed on the device during polling. Question types include multiple choice, alphanumeric, multiple response, and essay.

Response Ware is browser-based and supports nearly all JavaScript-enabled web browsers. Turning Technologies provides the program's hosting and web services.

The company also markets ResponseCard keypads, handheld electronic response devices that are the size of a credit card, designed for use with the company's polling software. The ResponseCard clickers are available in radio-frequency or infrared versions. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Student Response Systems
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.