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Teacherless Learning: The Lecture Free Classroom By Chris Pickering. MLA Citation: Barnes, Larry J. "Lecture Free High School Biology Using an Audience Response System." The American Biology Teacher 70.9 (2008): 531-36. Web. < http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=174 >.

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Teacherless learning the lecture free classroom by chris pickering

Teacherless Learning: The Lecture Free ClassroomBy Chris Pickering

MLA Citation: Barnes, Larry J. "Lecture Free High School Biology Using an Audience Response System." The American Biology Teacher 70.9 (2008): 531-36. Web. <http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=174>.


Audience response system

Audience Response System

  • What is it?

    • A small, handheld remote for recording students’ responses for given questions.

    • Answers go straight to the teachers computer and they can see how the students’ did on the questions.


Advantages and disadavtages

Advantages and Disadavtages

  • Enhances questioning during lectures

  • Enables cooperative learning groups

  • Positive relationship of learning outcomes

  • Can be used in anonymous surveys

  • Should not be used every day of the school week

  • Can be frustrating using a new piece of technology


The research

The Research

  • Study conducted on 43 sophomore biology students in an Idaho high school.

  • Students took a 30-40 question pretest and post test at the beginning and end of three units.

  • During the three units, two class periods used the audience response system, two did not.

  • The audience response system was used in groups. The students would split into small groups and answer 50-60 questions approximately 2-3 times per week.


The results

The Results

  • Unit 1 saw a 18.8% gain between pre-test and post test for the audience response classes and a gain of 18.3% for the lecture based classrooms.

  • Unit 2 saw a 20.4% gain between pre-test and post test for the audience response classes and a gain of 12.3% for the lecture based classrooms.

  • Unit 3 saw a 12.2% gain between pre-test and post test for the audience response classes and a gain of 13.9% for the lecture based classrooms.

  • With the three lectures combined the students who used the lecture free technology did 2.6% better overall.


Students thoughts

Students Thoughts

Anonymous survey results from 41 sophomores about lecture free vs. lecture-based teaching and the use of Qwizdom remotes.

Agree Neutral Disagree

  • I liked the “lecture-free” approach more than the “lecture-based” approach. 51% 22% 27%

  • The “lecture-free” approach was more frustrating than the “lecture-based”

    approach. 44% 29% 27%

  • I feel that I learned more from the “lecturefree” approach than I did from the “

    Lecture based” approach. 51% 20% 29%

  • I had to use my brain more in the “lecturefree” approach than I did in the

    “lecture based” approach. 68% 22% 10%

  • Working in small groups to answer questions on Qwizdom is a better way

    to learn than working individually. 68% 25% 7%

  • Rather than all “lecture-free” or all “lecturebased” approaches, I think a

    mixture of the two would be best. 64% 29% 7%

  • Working in small groups to answer questions on Qwizdom helps me

    learn more than taking notes from Powerpoint presentations. 49% 32% 19%


Cooperative learning groups

Cooperative Learning Groups

  • Audience response systems are a great way to split students up into groups and let them work together.

  • Also, they are a great way for assessment.

  • Students can work to figure out answers for questions and the teacher can see how well they are understanding the material.

  • Cooperative learning groups give students the opportunity to talk to each other and hear a different perspective other than the teachers.

  • The lecture free classroom can be used in any subject area.

  • The teacher should split the students into groups and have them answer questions from the text or questions that the teacher has provided.

  • The best way for high school students to learn is for communication to take place between not only the teacher and students, but between the students themselves.

  • The lecture free audience response system is a great way to do this.


Quotes from the students themselves

Quotes from the Students Themselves

  • “I like doing the research and learning myself or with others because I can’t concentrate when I have to listen for a long period of time.”

  • “Lecture-free I think is more interesting or active compared to lecture-based where you just take notes and is kind of boring.”

  • “I like the lecture-free approach much better because when you use the Qwizdomsyou actually have to understand and comprehend it and with lecture I tend to zone out and copy the words.”

  • “I like the lecture free because it makes me use my brain more and is more challenging. The lecture based is kind of confusing to me.”


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