Using student response systems for data collection and remediation - part 1.

July 2014
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Rob Thompson's Automotive Technology Education Newsletter

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Using student response or polling systems - Part 1. 

Several years ago I began using TurningPoint (TP), a student response system that integrates with PowerPoint (PPT). TurningPoint can also be used as a stand-alone response tracker, able to poll and track answers from anything displayed on the computer's screen. I will say that TP has changed the way I deliver content in the classroom. Using TP allows me to:
  • Instantly collect data from student responses (Figs 1 and 2)
  • Collect and use data to modify instruction and remediation
  • Collect and use data for SLOs and similar data-driven requirements
  • Provide a much more interactive classroom experience by eliminating "death by PowerPoint"
TurningPoint allows the students to:
  • Have fun during classroom instruction
  • Safely answer questions without being called on and singled out
  • Respond with an answer of "I don't know (IDK)" (Fig 3)
  • Wager against classmates for bragging rights and points
  • Take quizzes in a less intimidating manner
Before going any further let me be clear - I do not work for or have any affiliation with TurningPoint nor its vendors and am not trying to sell anyone anything. There are other response systems available and each should be considered before purchase.

Over the next couple of newsletters, I will expand on the use of TP and how I use it in the classroom and for data collection. 

Stay Tuned!
Figure 1 - from a pretest
Figure 2 -  from a pretest
Figure 3 -  from a pretest

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