Major classroom technology study

Published on Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:12
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Lord Knight, former Minister of State for Schools is calling for primary schools to participate in major new research commissioned by maths resource provider Learning Clip.

The study expects to reveal compelling evidence of the benefits of increased feedback by using student response handsets in classrooms.

The research, designed and monitored by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York, follows two earlier studies conducted in 2011/2012. Both demonstrated significant improvements in engagement and achievement in pupils who were taught maths and literacy using the handsets.

"This is an exciting project for schools to participate in. In addition to helping school children improve their numeracy skills, it could pioneer a wider breakthrough in maths learning. Student response technology has been around for some time, but the true potential of these systems is only just coming to be understood," said Lord Knight.

"In terms of engagement, every pupil participates with every question, but the real impact is in the instant feedback provided to both pupil and teacher. Each knows within seconds when an answer is wrong, allowing the teacher to intervene at the moment when it is most meaningful to the pupil."

Andrew Foster, Education Consultant at Learning Clip added, "With the initial studies showing pupil attainment levels increasing by 30% and more, we're extending the research to definitively prove how much impact student response handsets can really have."

The organisers are appealing to Year 4 teachers in larger primary schools in London to take part. In return, schools will receive a set of Promethean Activexpression student response handsets and a subscription to cloud delivered interactive learning resources from Learning Clip.

Source: ©Learning Clip

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