Classtalk 2.0 - the Calculator Version
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If you are interested in increasing classroom interaction and
improving learning. Classtalk can help you do it effectively and
flexibly. Classtalk is the first Classroom Communication System
and is developed by Better Education Inc. Classtalk relies on a
robust two way network to facilitate communication between the
student's calculators and the teacher's computer. Classtalk
features an innovative graphical user interface that takes full
advantage of dual monitor capability allowing separate displays
for the teacher and the students. Classtalk is fully configurable
for your preferred mode of operation.
The Instructor Presents a Question, Problem, or Information
A Classtalk "task" can be anything from a simple
question to a midterm exam, from a group exercise to a survey of
class opinions. Tasks can be drawn from existing curriculum
materials, created with Classtalk authoring utilities, or
imported from other software programs. Alternatively, in an
option that requires no prior setup, the Instructor can present
the task verbally, on a blackboard, from transparencies,
Powerpoint, multimedia, the Web, or any other application on the
same computer, and with a single mouse-click use a QuicktaskTM
shell to turn it into a live Classtalk task. In the same way,
homework from a textbook, or any in-class activity that involves
student responses, can be made interactive in class
The Instructor "Sends The Task"
A few keystrokes send the task to the students calculators.
Typically, each calculator is shared by two or three students.
The Instructor sets a time limit and the students begin work on
Students Respond to Questions Individually or as
Students type in their answers individually, or as a
group-dissenting answers or opinions are allowed.
Responses can be words, sentences, numbers,
formulas-even symbolic algebra-as well as multiple
The Instructor can control the format, including
permissible ranges and answer categories. Wild card
parameters are used to identify partially-correct,
misspelled, or bilingual entries.
Classtalk Displays the Responses
The Instructor's Computer immediately displays
the color-coded result on the class seating chart, and as
a histogram. Class results can be kept confidential, or
displayed to students. Text entries are grouped
automatically or by keywords. Math expressions are
grouped by functional identity/form.
Analyze Results .... Immediately
Classtalks analysis tools were designed for educators as well as learning researchers, and include statistics (mean and standard deviation, etc.), response timelines, comparison and weighting of results, and more. Entire class sessions are archived for review. Current and previous sessions--or different classes--can be compared on the same screen.