Learning to operate the technology is the easiest part of become facile with CRS-based instruction. More difficult challenges include creating and adapting suitable questions, cultivating productive classroom discourse, and integrating CRS use with the rest of the course, with curricular materials, and with external constraints.
There are many advantages to using Student Response Systems, such as Poll Everywhere, as they allow you to:
- Refresh previous knowledge at beginning of lecture
- Focus students' attention on important ideas
- Promote interaction between students and between the students and the lecturer
- Evaluate factual knowledge
- Evaluate conceptual understanding
- Reveal student misunderstandings
- Assess students' ability to apply lecture material to a new situation
- Take a snapshot of students' understanding and difficulties
- It might also have a positive impact on attendance, engagement, promote greater student participation (cognitive reasons and affect) and even achievement.
However, there are also some challenges, namely in feeling comfortable with a more active learning approach to lecturing, writing questions that are at the right level of difficulty, engaging the whole group, promoting discussion and focusing on important concepts.
Have a look below to determine what kind of use you make of student response systems, and explore some ideas that might allow you to develop your SRS practice.