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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.
For more information or help, please contact Chris Carter at Herts for Learning.
Tel: 01438 843918