Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 14:15:53 -0400

Author: Gerald Zani

Subject: Re: Student Response Systems...



We originally tried the Classtalk for two years and it was a distaster. Do
not get it! The software was hard to use and prone to problems when it was
used improperly. And the hardwired network was in need of repeated service.

We now have the PRS and it is good. It is simple for the students to use,
simple for the faculty to learn. Because it is wireless it is more robust
and less prone to hardware glitches. We have arranged to have the library
distribute and collect the student responders so that our staff in the
physics department are free from this burden. It is very popular here. I
would strongly recommend the PRS.

After two months of cool weather, clouds and cold rains the summer heat has
finally arrived in Little Rhodey. Jerry

At 01:34 PM 7/3/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>I would be very interested in the opinions of those out there that are
>using Group response systems. We are going to purchase one for a new 225
>seat lecture hall. Any ideas about which systems are good and how they
>are managed (controll of romotes, IR vs FM radio, etc.)
>Clark Snelgrove
>Physics Education Research Associate
>Virginia Tech-Physics

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Do a little more of that work which you have confessed to be good,
Which you feel that society and your most Just Judge rightly demand of you.
Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil.
If you have any experiments you would like to try, try them.
Now's your chance.
Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, 1850.
From Mon Jul 7 14:25:29 2003