Student Response Systems are a neat way to engage students with learning in the classroom. The discussion section will link to information about different brands, uses, and more general information about these "Clickers" or "Remotes" as they have been called.

What are Student Response Systems?

Student Response Systems have been called many different names; CPS, Clickers, Remotes, and much more. In the end they all server a very similiar function, to gather data from students quickly. The basics are all the same. The teacher creates the questions, which are then projected for all students to see. The students then use the Response System (a small hand held remote) to answer the questions. The teacher can then look at the data collected from the student responses. This is a very basic look at the Student Response Systems and how they work, but each one has it's own software which allows it to function differently.

Here are several different Student Response Systems and Links to their sites:
  1. Smart's Senteo
  2. eInstruction CPS It is my understanding that these are the only clickers that allow you to import the newest versions of Exam View.
  3. Quizdom

How can they help me as a teacher?
I can see several ways that Student Response Systems can help in a teacher:

1. They are new and exciting. It is like a game show for the students to play and games in educations can really help bring the children into focus on a topic. Even once the students use them for a little while, it is still fun and students will be engaged.
2. Most of these units have a report feature for teachers to look at. This will allow the teacher to better understand how the students are doing. Did the students understand the topic, did they miss the point, or did the teacher not cover the material as completely as thought? Teachers will be able to look through the data and begin to examine how the students did.
3. Instant feedback to questions asked. The teacher can get instant feedback from questions so that they know if they are moving in the right direction. This can be very helpful as some students may not ask to slow down or to go over something again, they will just slowly fall behind.