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Zappers in Teaching Mathematics 1 st STEM Annual Conference 12 -13 Apr 2012 Imperial College London. Vesna Periši ć , School of Mathematics V.Perisic@soton.ac.uk. What is a zapper? H ow to vote using a zapper?. Y ou can change your vote (until polling closes) by pressing another button.

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## Vesna Periši ć , School of Mathematics V.Perisic@soton.ac.uk

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**Zappers in TeachingMathematics1st STEM Annual Conference12**-13 Apr 2012Imperial College London VesnaPerišić, School of Mathematics V.Perisic@soton.ac.uk**What is a zapper? How to vote using a zapper?**You can change your vote (until polling closes) by pressing another button. This flashes green when you vote. Click a button (0-9 or A-J) to vote for your answer. Click here if you are unsure about the question. It will not accept invalid answers. Please don’t press the GO button as it causes problems.**Is your zapper working?**This flashes green when you vote. If it flashes yellow and red, your zapper is not set up correctly. Please test your zapper using the question on the next slide.**What did you drink with your breakfast this morning?**• Tea • Coffee • Fruit Juice • Water • Other • Nothing**How did you travel to the conference?**• By train. • By tube. • By plane. • By car. • By bus.**Have you used zappers or Personal Respond Systems (PRS)**before? • Yes. • No.**Zappers in learning and teaching Engineering Foundation Year**Maths • Diagnostic quiz • Revision sessions**Benefits**• Increased students’ participation and students-lecturer interaction. • Students can compare themselves with the cohort. • An efficient way to address typical errors. • Instantaneous two-way feedback.**7. is equal to**x 2 x+ None of the above 10 Countdown**Challenges**• Time consuming – (preparation of presentations, current organisation of the whole system,…) • Anxiety – Will everything work properly in the lecture theatre?**Feedback from the students**• Students are mainly positive about using zappers and would like to use the system more often. • …”no worries about getting something wrong, and you can see that you are not alone…..”**Conclusions**• Zappers facilitate interactive teaching methods and as such they have earned an important place in learning and teaching. • Reasons why the zappers are not used more often are of technical nature. • The Turning Technology software can be used with smart phones. Can we assume that every student has a smart phone?**References – internet links:**• http://www.personal.soton.ac.uk/rdi/zappers/mee.htm • Parr et al (2011) Examples of zapper use at the University of Southampton, Turning Technologies User Conference, University of Surrey • http://www.mazur.harvard.edu • www.peerinstruction.net**If you have not already used zappers in your teaching will**you consider using them? • Yes. • No. • May be.**The talk was:**• Boring. • Informative. • Funny. • I am hungry and want to go for a lunch…..

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