Interacting with students can be tricky, particularly if you are seeking active engagement on sensitive topics. We’ve already written about how some educators are using audience response systems (ARS) to present interactive classroom programs on sexual health, but topics that are ostensibly far less delicate can also benefit from the use of a classroom response system.
The acceptance of electronics in the modern classroom is one that has proven a boon to students, who can more easily transcribe notes and access Internet-based source material being used in a lecture. Inversely, they have also become easy distractions from ongoing lectures. Random web searches, gaming or consumption of unrelated media could be taking place if they aren’t properly engaged.
If you ever want to see a classroom full of students simultaneously roll their eyes, speak the words “pop quiz.”
But it’s not just the students that groan. These impromptu assessments of student skills can take a toll on teachers, as well. Along with pulling together questions based on the subject matter, there’s the toil of presentation, paper collection, hand grading and returning results to students.
Employee training is one of the most essential aspects of running a business. While companies spend valuable time training employees, studies show that employees are more disengaged than ever before.
The good news is that there are several things that companies can do to turn disengaged employees around; one is find ways to increase real and perceived value through training programs that are effective and engaging. This is one area that technology for education (i.e. audience response system) can help.
As a teacher or trainer, you often have a classroom full of students or trainees who you need to be ‘on the same page’ with. The problem is that many times, you’re on page 1, while some of the adventurous ones are already on page 3. Another time, you’re way ahead on page 7, while some people are lagging behind on #4.