As a tool to promote student learning, each student must answer questions with a remote control. Results are shown right away. Adams and Howard write: "Since the educators are able to see the results instantly, it permits them to evaluate student understanding at that very moment and provides an opportunity to adjust the lesson accordingly to improve student comprehension" (54). It helps instructors know if students got it. ARS can be used and adapted to meet the needs of each student and each class.
Of particular value, this article offers twenty ideas for using ARS in the classroom. Here are just a few:
- Comprehension Testing
- Drill and Practice
- Review Games
- Checking for understanding during a lecture
- Fact Finding or Pre- and Post-Tests (55)
Naturally, the ARS do not solve all problems and have a few drawbacks. Adams and Howard claim: "As with any other type of learning, if ARS is used too often, students tire of it" (56). In other words, students like the newness of the technology, but with time will become less interested in it. Still, they assert "that the advantages such as instant feedback and increased student engagement far outweigh the downsides" (56). The potential of these systems does seem fairly expansive.
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- Classroom Performance System
- Interwrite PRS
- H-ITT (Hyper-Interactive Teaching Technology)