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December, 2011

Pennypack Elementary School received a Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation Innovative Learning Grant to purchase SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Tool) Interactive Response System computer software for all K-5 classrooms, including those for special education students. During a recent HHEF board meeting, held at the school, Principal Amy Roslevege, third grade teacher Bob Campman and three of his third graders demonstrated the SMART system.

The system combines wireless remotes (clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that are used to give teachers instant feedback on their students’ understanding of academic content. Students are given clickers which they use to respond to questions that are projected onto an interactive white board. Students log in their answers using the numbered keypad on the clicker. Their answers are instantly recorded and projected on the whiteboard, allowing the teacher to immediately assess the level of understanding of each student, as well as the entire class. With this information, teachers can make adjustments to the pace of the lesson, can identify students who need extra help with concepts and/or determine which students have mastered content.

 

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Pennypack Elementary’s John Schumann and his class of second graders demonstrat the new S.M.A.R.T. devices that help him to receive instant feedback.

Photo by Nancy Tirrell Paravano