Here’s some technology that’s proving useful in the classroom: Teachers can get instant feedback on students’ ability to answer questions.
At Upper Merion High School, students grab their assigned remotes – each remote is numbered so the teacher has a record of responses – as they enter Peter Vreeland’s college-prep physics class.
When a multiple-choice question is displayed on a big screen, the students aim their remotes at a receiver at the front of the room and punch a button on the keypad.
With a click, Vreeland can tally the answers to see how well the students absorbed the lesson.
“It is a serious instructional tool,” Vreeland said. “You can be much more diagnostic if you use it to find out where we’re at and what we need to fix.”
The remotes go over well with students, too.
Using the remote “enhances each class,” said Jason Knox, 18, a senior. “You’re not just listening – you are participating.”
Senior Mike Neufer, 18, said the quizzes generate discussion in which the whole class can participate. “You discuss why different people think it might be this answer or that one,” he said.
The systems are being used everywhere from kindergarten to college to training sessions aboard nuclear subs.