Smart unveils new student response software
Dubai, October 25, 2009
Smart Technologies has launched an interactive response software that allows flexible, automated assessment in 1:1, computer-enabled classrooms in the Middle East.
Smart Response CE is the latest in the company’s line of interactive response systems. Instead of handheld remotes (clickers), students can use their computers and Smart Notebook SE (Student Edition) software to answer questions.
Smart Response CE enables teachers to easily and quickly add various types of assessments to lesson content designed for individual, small-group or whole-class environments. Answers are tallied and graded automatically, and feedback is generated instantly so teachers can easily assess student comprehension and adjust their lessons accordingly.
The new software is an integral part of the Smartsolution and includes Smart Notebook and Smart Notebook SE (Student Edition) software. SmartResponse CE can be used alone or as part of SmartClassroom Suite interactive learning software.
With support for short answer, numeric response, yes or no, true or false, multiple answer and multiple choice questions, teachers can design assessments that suit the needs of their students and the material being taught. To deliver an assessment, the teacher presses a button within Smart Notebook. The question with all accompanying digital content is then delivered to student computers where students can respond. Once tallied, the results can be tabulated in a variety of ways for versatile reporting options and trend analysis.
“Spontaneous, instant assessments during lessons provide teachers with valuable information about areas on which they need to spend more time as well as individual student strengths and weaknesses,” said Nancy Knowlton, Smart’s CEO.
“Smart Response CE enables assessment without remotes in computer-enabled classrooms, which reduces costs and increases the teacher’s understanding of student learning,” added Jeevan Bhingarkar, director, iMark Distribution, Smart’s authorised Middle East distributor.
“Receiving instant feedback from teachers could greatly benefit students and make the entire learning process more productive. Although interactive student response software of this kind is relatively new to the Middle East market, we expect it to be widely adopted by educational institutions.”-TradeArabia News Service