Even before the days of digital distractions, teachers often struggled with inattentive students doodling on their notebook or falling asleep on their desk. The problem then as well as today is that students at every age have trouble focussing on a lecture for more than 15 minutes at a time.
While the term “lecture” can have a negative connotation in many educational circles, it remains an effective and efficient way to transmit knowledge from one expert to a room full of students within the confines of a one hour period. Luckily, the traditional lecture format is evolving to include a few techniques that can maximize the amount of content retained and increase the attention span of the modern student.
I was looking for a technology that would allow me to take attendance, record classroom participation (contribution) and conduct homework. I’ve been searching for a solution for several years that would 1) save my students time, effort, and money; 2) simplify grading for myself and my TA, and 3) be easy to use and efficient.