Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 16:08:37 -0500
Author: "Carter, Tom"
Subject: RE: SRS
I've been using the EduCue system for about four years now with no
problems. Students throw 'em, drop 'em, and mash on the buttons and I
think I've had one of them truly fail in the four years. I've had to
"reset" one or two of them using a reset pin in the back, but that takes
about two minutes.
The interface is pretty simple. It takes about ten minutes to get
it up and going. No problems with range or reception once we solved a
bit of confusion about two receiver interference.
It is a one way system, so the students need to be able to see the
summary screen to confirm their answer has been received. This is no
problem in my 60 student classes, but I understand in large 400 student
lecture halls, this might be a show-stopper.
Tech-support got a little iffy when they sold the company, but it's
still pretty good.
The only draw back I've had is it's inability to summarize an entire
term's worth of answers in one chart. (I'm told by the vendor that I'm
the only guy in the history of the unit that wanted to issue points to
the students based on a term's worth of grades. Really?) We wrote a
small piece of software make the summary conversion.
Dr. Tom Carter
College of DuPage
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jerry DiMarco
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:42 AM
We just finished a trial semester using a student response system
from Turning Technologies. It was difficult, to put it mildly, mostly
because the student transmitter devices were failing in droves. Other
parts of the system seemed to work as advertised, but by the end of the
semester the instructors were looking for other vendors. This topic has
been discussed a few times before so I'm hoping someone has found a
response system that has reliable hardware, no software bugs, and is not
maintainence nightmare. If so, would you mind sharing your experience
again. Thanks in advance...
Manager of Lecture Demonstrations and Instructional Labs
Montana State Univ., Physics Dept.
Our Motto: "There's a demo in there somewhere."
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu May 19 17:27:44 2005