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Audience Response Systems (ARS)

Overview

In my classroom I have only one rule. "If it helps the student learn I love it. If it gets in the way of learning I hate it." As new technology enters the classroom as a teacher I have to constantly be aware of how to make this new technology fit into the category of "helps the studnet learn". Cell phones have fit firmly into the area of "getting in the way of learning."  My attitude on this is changing.  In the last assignment for the term a student used an interactive audience response system encorportated into his presentation that used cell phones for polling the audience.

Description of Audience Response Systems (ARS)

I have often stood in front of an audience (be it in a classroom or a conference hall) and wondered what they were retaining of the information I was presenting. Sometimes I would just like to know what they are thinking about a particular topic. When I ask class questions I find that the same few students respond, not because the others have no opionons but for fear that thier opinions will be 'wrong'. One way to encourage all students to participate is through the use of an Audience Response System (ARS).  Systems that allow audience members to interact with the speaker have been used  since the 1960s. These were stand-alone clickers that allowed students to 'buzz' in with responses. They were big, clunky, and wire dependent.  As the technology improved the systems have become integrated with computer technology.  Today, with the advent and proliferation of cellphone technology ARS systems have advanced to where the only tools needed by the teacher or presentor are a computer with a software program and an audience with cellphones. Although external 'clickers' are certainly available for either purchase or rent.

Research using ARS

 

ARS available systems

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ARS Reference Material

Beyond Question - Reach Everyone. Teach Everyone.

A good overiview of the history and uses of ARS.

Free SMS Voting | Text Message Audience Polling : SMS Poll

A comercial ARS option

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mClk - SMS Audience Response System

 

A comercial ARS option

 

SMS Response System (SMSRS)

 

A comercial ARS option

Audience Response Mobile Phone Voting - UrRemote

 

A comercial ARS option that allows survey results, quizes, and open ended questions

Enhance Business Presentations, Improve PowerPoint Presentations, Effective Business Presentations, Effective Sales Presentations, Enhance Sales Presentations, Interactive Group Games, Instructor-Led Training Software, Interactive Learning Using PowerPoin

A description of the YawnBuster ARS system

FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | SAP Web 2.0

Using Twitter as an audience response system

 

An excellent article describing the benefits of using Twitter.

Audience Response Software | Audience Response Systems by Meridia Audience Response

A comercial ARS option

Worldwide Cellular Messaging for Interactive Meetings and Market Research

How to Setup a Free Student Response System Using Cell Phones As the Clickers

A good article to show you how to use a SRS fro free. Recomends using Polleverywhere

ResponseWare

turning technology ARS

Let'sGoVote::SMS-Based surveys, polls & learning

Another ARS option

web>clicker mobile audience response system

 
Yet another ARS option

Ed/ITLib Digital Library → Educating the Mobile Generation – using personal cell phones as audience response systems in post-secondary science teaching.

 

excellent article describing a research project using ARS. Students respond highly favorably.

Alternative audience response systems – web, twitter and mobile phone « The Weblog of (a) David Jones

Text Message (SMS) Polls and Voting, Audience Response System | Poll Everywhere

Audience Response System Comparison | Poll Everywhere