ResponseWare: Use your cell phone as a "clicker"

I received this email today that really captured my attention:

Imagine…a classroom where students use their cell phones and laptops to participate actively in class. With ResponseWare Web, students can respond to questions via the internet through any web browser and professors can immediately view aggregate data for instant assessment. Offer your students the option of using the one tool inside class that keeps them connected outside of class.

I KNEW this was going to happen sooner or later. Turns out it happened sooner. ResponseWare is a product from a company I’m familiar with . . . TurningPoint Technologies. I became familiar with TurningPoint when I worked for Academic Technologies. We were looking at and testing student reponse systems from them, which also required the purchase of the response cards (classroom “clickers”). I kept thinking that if cell phones and other portable devices would work instead of students having to purchase and cart around another device, that would be great.

Well, that time has come, and I’m excited about it. I’ve signed up for a free 30-day trial and in class on Monday I’m going to try it out. Student response systems are a great way to elicit and maintain student involvement because they MUST answer your questions or at least click a button! They can gauge their own learning and also compare their answers to other answers, possibly changing their mind because of differences. You can take attendance with these things and also deliver quizzes. Take a look at the Turning Point website for a ton of ideas.

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