Module 1: Identifying an Emerged Technology

CRS

Student Response System also known as the Classroom Response System is a currently being used in the classroom. It emerged with many other electronic devices. It is a common tool that allows students to answer questions with a remote control. Students can be given multiple choice tests or true and false tests. This allows for quick grading for the teacher because as the students lock in their answer, the key will already grade it.

With the Student Response System come a few challenges to overcome. When the computer grades the test, it does not show an answer document or questions that a parent can see to understand what the student has done. It also does not allow for short answer or open ended questions like a paper and pencil test may offer. This program may save time for a teacher as far as grading but it may take a while to get the test set up. To use the system, there must be a computer to connect it to. It is even easier if a Smart board is available to project the questions for the entire class to see.

The social need being met is simple. Students use a remote control at home to change the channel on a television. This makes it a little easier to teach a child to use. Students are allowed a new way of learning and test taking to assist with differentiation and meeting the needs of each student.

This technology has one pitfall. It doesn’t allow for open-ended questions. That is where education is moving because open-ended questions show more critical thinking. This may hinder students who only use the Student Response System to test. If a student does not practice all kinds of questions and all kids of test taking methods, they will struggle when state tests are given.  You can find more information about Student Response Systems at .http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/clickers.

This technology has one pitfall. It doesn’t allow for open-ended questions. That is where education is moving because open-ended questions show more critical thinking. This may hinder students who only use the Student Response System to test. If a student does not practice all kinds of questions and all kids of test taking methods, they will struggle when state tests are given.

Bruff, D. Classroom Response System (“Clickers”) Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt Center for Teaching. http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/clickers/

James, R (2010). “Using Clickers in the Classroom”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnP0uCqD4k&feature=email

Thornburg, D. (2013b). Current trends in educational technology. Lake Barrington, IL: Thornburg Center for Space Exploration.
Thornburg, D. (2013). Current Trends in Educational Technology. Licensed via Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us/

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