Students need to be reminded to use their silent cheers as the class gets excited about the response system being brought into the room. When was the last time you were excited about taking a test? Since we introduced the digital response systems in 2012, our students have not only enjoyed learning with them but also participating in class reviews and tests.
Student response systems are devices that allow students to provide alphabetical, numerical and alpha numeric responses to questions embedded within a lesson, and the responses can be tallied and scored in various ways to provide immediate feedback to the students and/or teachers.
The versatility of these electronic devices gives teachers the flexibility to use multiple choice, short answer, numeric, alpha numeric or even opinion polling questions to help students gain understanding as they are learning. In an article written by Gerard Gilbert on education expert Professor Dylan Wiliam, he said “Only a quarter of pupils consistently put their hands up. They can’t wait to take part, while others switch off completely.” When using the response system, every student answers every question with the understanding that they will have total anonymity. Students are relieved from the negative pressure of answering questions incorrectly in public. It’s no wonder students enjoy learning and being assessed with this type of technology and teaching approach because students receive instant and positive feedback without risk of negative peer pressure
By using integrated software and the student response systems for formative assessment and frequent progress monitoring, we are able to provide data driven differentiated instruction to meet the learning needs of each of our students. The detailed reporting allows teachers to see where each student has difficulties learning or understanding the knowledge and skills of the curriculum, and thus ensures each student the opportunity for success.
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