I am very interested in getting a Classroom Response System to use with our 4th grade students. I have heard both positives and negatives about them. I know that when I used the system for one of my college courses, we often had problems in that some students needed to move their position to be closer to the unit or their response didn't record. I was told that some break often. Can anyone recommend a system that will last, is easy to use and will not cause frequest problems? by Karen
Integrating new technology into the classroom can be challenging, so I can see why you are looking for suggestions for a Classroom Response System that is easy to use and is reliable. I have had experience with several different systems in the K-12 classroom. I have listed a few of the more reliable systems below.
Smart Response: SMART has several different models of response systems. I have found the remotes to be long lasting and easy to use. The Response LE is great for elementary. The software has many options, but is a RAM hog. If you have an older computer, you may find the software runs slowly.
eInstruction: This is the brand of response system that is being used at my school. I have found that the infrared red remotes work well, but the range is only 50 feet. In my opinion, the software is a bit cumbersome. Again, an older computer may have problems running the software. You can download a trial of the software from the eInstruction website.
Turning Technologies: I own a set of the ResponseCard IRs. At only $695, these are a steal. The response cards are thin, but have been durable so far. The software integrates into PowerPoint, so you don't have to learn another program in order to use them. They offer web demos through their sales department.
Student Response Network: By far, the cheapest option is the Student Response Network. The program uses the IP of the teacher computer to collect responses from other devices on the network. Students can use computers or Apple "i" products to respond. I have only used this as a trial with five devices, but it worked pretty well for the price. I liked that students could type responses as well as respond to multiple choice and true/false questions. They have a free trial and if you want to buy, it is $125 for a single user and up to 50 responses.
As I mentioned before, this is just my experience with these devices. There are lots of options out there. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have.