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With a voting system, each student gets a handset and can feedback views, answers or data to a receiver and software on your computer. Simple systems are a bit like the audience poll on “Who wants to be a millionaire?” .
More sophisticated versions allow the user to type free text and numbers.
The software records the students’ responses. It produces and can present reports, graphs and marksheets.
With a voting system, you can:
A typical system comes with:
The only limit to their use is your imagination. They probably work best in small doses. For example:
There are a few systems on the market. Some of these are:
No. They have different features which may suit your needs and desires. Things to look out for are:
It varies between systems and on the number of handsets. A 32 handset system costs between £500 and £2000.
With mobile devices becoming more popular and ICT suites offering one-to-one pupil access to computers, many response system companies are now making software versions which allow you to vote from your existing technology, eg a netbook, laptop, ipod or even desktop computer. This saves you the need for dedicated voting hardware. Example of software based systems include:
A number of apps are available that can turn your set of iPod Touch or iPads into a response system. These vary in price and functionality and some include systems for delivering content to all the devices in your classroom. Examples include:
There is a loan system available from the Hertfordshire Development Centre. Contact Chris Carter if you would like to try it out in your school.
This system is very popular so there is a waiting list of interested schools. If you would like a quick demonstration of a system at Hertfordshire Development Centre, please contact Chris Carter.
For more information or help, please contact Chris Carter at Herts for Learning.
Tel: 01438 843918