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ERIC Number: EJ823313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Lecture-Free High School Biology Using an Audience Response System
Barnes, Larry J.
American Biology Teacher, v70 n9 p531-536 Nov-Dec 2008
Audience Response Systems (ARS) represent a powerful new tool for increasing student engagement. ARS technology (known variously as electronic voting systems, personal response systems, interactive student response systems, and classroom performance systems) includes one hand-held remote per student, a receiver (infrared or radio frequency, depending on the system), a computer for recording student responses, and a means for projecting information to the class. The author used an ARS called Qwizdom as a tool in his compulsory high school sophomore biology classes to eliminate formal lecture and note-taking, and reports on the learning gains made by his experimental group compared to gains made by students in his traditional lecture-based classes. All students experienced both lecture-free and lecture-based approaches, so he also includes student assessments of the different approaches. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A