SMART Response is a great system for creating and giving assessments. There are many strategies to this from giving kids a paper copy of an assessment and having them record their responses to a simple check for understanding. Starting with SMART Notebook 10, much of the functionality around the SMART Response system has been built into the Notebook. It still requires the clickers, but adding questions and giving an assessment are so much easier than they once were. One of my favorite featrues is the “Instant Question” which allows you to, on the fly, insert a question for students to answer. Suppose you are in the midst of a lesson and you just want to see where students are in their understanding of the concept. At one point, I may have had my students give me a thumbs up or thumbs down in response to a question. I distinctly remember that when I would do that, I’d get a lot of thumgs up so that, either I’d move on and stop talking or my students wouldn’t want to be the only one who didn’t get it.
Another way to approach this is with the SMART Response system and SMART Notebook. In that same lesson, instead of asking for a thumbs up, consider posing that same question, but instead, try this.
- Open up SMART Notebook and click on the “Instant Question” icon on your toolbar
- Have your students join your class on their SMART Response handsets (your class has to be set up in advance)
- Choose the appropriate question type that you wish to ask
- Pose the question to your class. You don’t have to write it down, just ask them and let them answer on their Response handsets.
As soon as you select the question type, the “assessment” starts and students can immediately begin answering. It’s fast, simple and anonymous allowing those who don’t understand to be truthful without feeling that peer pressure to already know the answer.
When everyone has answered, click on the “Stop Assessment” button on the tool bar.
Your results will be tabulated in the sidebar and you will immediately know if your students understand and allow you to either reteach or move on with the lesson.
- Choose your questions wisely. Don’t just ask them if they “get it”. Pose the question so you can tell if they understand.
- Have them join your class before you choose the question.
- Don’t use this technique if you want to know how everyone answered. This is simply to get the “pulse” of the group.
The following video will walk you through the process. If you have questions about when or how to use this, be sure to let me know.
Cross posted to Northeast Middle school Friday Flyer