Response Pads

First, they go by many names: Audience response systems, classroom clickers, student response pads systems, classroom performance systems, classroom response pads systems, voting keypads, personal response systems, audience polling, interactive, wireless, conference, meeting… Response Pad is a next-generation student assessment system for the digital classroom. Used alone or in concert with an interactive whiteboard, wireless tablet etc, Response pad gives teachers instant feedback on what their students are learning or need help with. Response Pad allows full interactivity, engaging each and every audience member by giving them a voice in the form of remote which is used for responding to polling questions. Responses are collated and can be displayed during a presentation in real-time, or results can be withheld for later reporting.

Five reasons for educators to use an audience response system:

(1) Limitations of traditional lectures,
(2) Engaging students,
(3) Feedback to students and instructors,
(4) Learning gains, and
(5) Attitude gains.

The key benefit is that it allows one to get instant feedback For the Teachers they can get immediate feedback to see how the class as a whole is performing, while tracking individual students behind the scenes to pinpoint specific concerns Additional benefits are that students know that their opinions are being heard equally and professors have real-time information as they get an instant snapshot of what the audience is thinking Finally, note the benefit of increasing interactivity regardless of class size and that professors can focus on problems revealed by the students’ responses.

Classroom Performance System, the benefits and uses include:

(1) Assessing what students already know so class time can be used more effectively;
(2) Measuring comprehension of homework to know what topics are still not understood;
(3) Reviewing exam topics;
(4) Applying concepts just learned to determine if students understood what was just presented;
(5) Recording attendance;
(6) Taking anonymous surveys to determine students’ opinions on the course;
(7) Questioning students at the start of class on materials covered in the past class or assigned for homework;

A Teacher could post an opinion question and have students click their response that would immediately be tallied and shown on the PowerPoint presentation so the class could see what percentage of students responded to each choice. Teachers could do questions at the start of class to determine if the students read the assigned material It could also be used during class to determine if students understood a concept. Other uses include getting a quick survey on course issues, quizzes/testing and for taking attendance suggests the following uses for audience response technology: two-tier questions (initial questions with follow up items), brainstorming (measuring reaction to ideas), pre and post testing of material learned, as an icebreaker to start a lesson, and feedback (especially when anonymous feedback is useful).

Each student would have an assigned individual response pad so that Teacher could track who was responding, who was attending, and what their scores were; but their responses would be anonymous to the other students. Thus, there are a number of ways that Teachers could benefit from using Interactive Technology to enhance communication.