"Classroom Communications System."
It was conceived and developed by "Better
Education Inc." an educational research organization
In Yorktown. Early prototypes were tested at Christopher Newport
University. The learning benefits have been validated by such
prestigious organizations as the National Science Foundation
and Harvard University.
"Classtalk was developed in Virginia. We'd like to see more school districts and colleges using it here. Schools in other states such as North Carolina are moving to integrate Classtalk into their curriculum improvement programs. We'd like to see the same level of support in our own state."
He noted that V-Quest, the state's initiative to improve education in science and technology, has been an enthusiastic supporter. A few progressive school districts such as York County have scheduled Classtalk demonstrations for groups of teachers. but he pointed out that more needs to be done to disseminate information
"The power of this technology is that all the students participate, even if they're shy or lack confidence."
Tomczyk explained, and
"It's like having all the students raise their hands at the same time...electronically. Most important-Classtalk students learn better because they are actively engaged-we have research that proves it. Classtalk students at four schools were surveyed and 83 percent agreed that Classtalk is good to have in the classroom, and it helped them understand the subject matter better. A majority also said Classtalk helps them enjoy class more."
"Teachers like Classtalk because it's one of the few ways they can measure if their students are learning. without having to wait until a quiz or exam- by then, it's to late to re-teach the material. Classtalk helps them. in real-time during class, which students are struggling or not keeping pace, so they can quickly identify and correct misconceptions and learning gaps. Time-consuming administrative tasks such as grading and attendance are also computerized."