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Turning Launches Computer-free Classroom Response System

Classroom technology developer Turning Technologies has launched a new classroom response system that doesn't require computers or projectors. The new ResponseCard AnyWhere is a wireless, handheld system designed for standalone use to capture data from interactive classroom polls and other types of feedback.

ResponseCard AnyWhere is a battery-powered unit offering and LCD screen (about 1.97" x 0.79" viewable area), menu-driven navigation, and support for storing data from about 100 polls (or 5,000 votes). The portable unit measures 4.5" (L) x 2.4" (W) x 0.875" (D) and weighs in at 2 ounces with batteries.

Data collected by the handheld units is stored in the receivers and downloaded to computers via USB using the ResponseCard AnyWhere Desktop software.

Other features include:

  • 5,000 minutes of battery life when in use;
  • Range of 400 feet;
  • 82 radio frequency channels; and
  • Four navigation buttons, a menu button, and a display button.

The units were beta tested at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Ray Beiersdorfer, beta tester and geology professor, said, "ResponseCard AnyWhere eliminated a distraction of a projector system. I was able to 'check in' with the students often and saw a great reaction for the students to give honest answers."

ResponseCard AnyWhere is available now. More information can be found at Turning's site here.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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