Kitakyushu JALT:

Active Participation through Student Response Systems

Date: Saturday, February 12th, 2011 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Bill Pellowe and Paul Shimizu

We can motivate students to stay focused in the classroom through student response systems (SRS) that require all students to respond simultaneously. Low-tech SRS include giving students "batsu-maru" paddles to show the teacher. In more complex SRS, students use remote "clickers" to send in answers. Regardless of the level of technology, SRS improve student concentration, and encourage an active engagement with the material.

In this presentation, first, Paul Shimizu and Bill Pellowe will demonstrate a low-tech student response system they've developed using simple, 2-sided answer paddles.

Next, Bill Pellowe will demonstrate a high-tech response system that he developed. With this free, open-source system teachers can easily create web-based quizzes and surveys for students to take on mobile devices such as iPod Touch, mobile phones, etc. Feel free to bring your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Organization: Kitakyushu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kitakyushu JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: 3rd Floor of the International Conference Center, Kokura

Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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