PLEASE NOTE: These screens are from v1 – the v2 screens are being prepared and will be up here very soon.
To help you better understand how Student Response Network works, here are some screen captures showing the SRN Client and SRN Server in action.
The SRN Client is a single window that sits usually at the bottom of the user’s screen and always stays on top. The right portion relates to connecting to the server, while the left side offers the various responses available with large, clear buttons to click.
When you successfully connect, the Client window shrinks back to a neat interface, just offering the options students need to respond in class. The connection section can be unhidden by clicking the small arrow button at the top right. Students can move this small window to any location on the screen.
As more clients connect to the server, the Active Clients list, which appears on the SRN Server’s screen, will grow to a maximum of forty clients. When the list is visible and providing the SRN Server hasn’t been set to a Yes/No or Multiple Choice question mode, any client can “Raise their Hand” by clicking the purple hand button on their SRN Client window. Immediately a hand icon will appear beside their name in the Active Clients list. This can be used to gain the teacher’s/presenter’s attention to ask a question or make a comment. But it can also be used in any “Beat the Buzzer“-type activity because as soon as one client successfully raises their hand, all other clients are locked out. Perfect for quizzes, gameshows and other educational activities.
Here, we see the SRN Server in operation. Twelve clients have connected and a Yes/No (or True/False) question has been asked. So far, 7 out of 12 clients have responded to the question. Below is the Active Clients list (which will be visible at the top right of the SRN Server screen) showing which 7 of the 12 clients have responded:
A generic icon is displayed next to each client’s name as their responses are received (instantly). The teacher/presenter and the clients can monitor this list to see who is still to respond. When all have responded, the Active Clients list will appear like this (as shown to the right). As soon as the last client responds, the SRN Server will show a new Results button allowing the teacher/presenter to display the results in graphical form:
It is even possible for the teacher/presenter to display the ACTUAL responses by each client by de-selecting the “Hide Responses” option within the enabled question type. This can be used to generate discussion, for example, “Dave and Gavin, why did you say ‘No’ to the question?” On the right, you can see the actual responses from a multiple choice question. Again, it could be asked, “Chester and Keith, why did you choose ‘C’ when most people chose ‘B’?”
Clicking the Hide option again will re-hide the actual responses. Clicking the Results button in the SRN Server will display a bar chart similar to the following two charts:
Of course, the charts themselves can be used for further discussion – and further learning. Next, the presenter needs to choose the CORRECT answer by clicking on the appropriate letter below the bar chart. As soon as this is done, SRN Server will tally up the Client Scoreboard, allocating one point to each client for each correct answer. The scoreboard is updated after each question and appears as shown to the right. If you do not wish to display the client scoreboard, the function can be turned off by de-selecting “Auto Tally Scores” in SRN Server BEFORE you start the Server.
Finally, when all questions and the session are completed, clicking the STOP button on the Server will ask you whether you wish to save the Responses Log file. If you click Yes and if MS Excel is installed on the PC, then Excel will load and display the log of all answers. Below, it has been sorted by Name, then Question number to show each person’s responses to each question. With Excel you can produce printout reports, charts, pivot tables or perform whatever data analysis you like.
All in all, Student Response Network is a very powerful educational tool that can save your school from the expense of traditional hand-held clickers. It’s very easy to use and it’s very effective. If you haven’t downloaded the TRIAL yet, click Downloads at the top.