By now, most teachers have heard of classroom “clickers”. These are the handheld devices that can wirelessly deliver a student’s response to a question during a group assessment via computer. There are many systems available. Of course, I became hooked on Smart Response because it integrates so easily with Smart Notebook as well as PowerPoint.
I loved using the Smart Response technology with my first graders. I could integrate questions right into my lesson as a formative assessment. The results were immediate. I liked that I could go over the results and make it a “teachable moment” as we discussed items that were more challenging. I also designed more elaborate question sets that could be used as a summative assessment. Grading was instant and could be put into Excel as well as used in student reports. Talk about generating data, Smart Response provides it all at your fingertips!
It really wasn’t hard for my first graders to adapt to the standard PE remotes (or clickers). There are several different kinds of remotes so that you can choose the one that best meets the needs of your students. Smart VE even allows the use of any handheld device connected to the internet, such as a smartphone.
If you already have access to a Smart Response System, here are some resources to get you started: