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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Interactive Classroom Technology

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/audienceresponse.html

What is Interactive Classroom Technology?

Interactive Classroom Technology creates interactivity between an educator and their students. Educators use this technology to engage learners in the lesson and to check the progression of knowledge in specific subjects.

Enterprise Tools:

These tools are fully supported. Contact the ITS Service Desk at 507.389.6654 for assistance.

  • ChimeIn- ChimeIn is a learner response system that was developed by University of Minnesota and changed to fit our needs at Minnesota State Mankato. Faculty can sync ChimeIn to their live courses to take attendance or assess their students or it can be used to get anonymous information from anyone. Learners respond via laptop, tablet, mobile device by navigating to a webpage or by text messaging in their responses.
  • Smart Board - The Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection like a tablet or iPad. We have the Smartboard software and Smartboard Notebook software free for all faculty, staff and students to use at Minnesota State Mankato. You need 3 things to make the smartboards work: a smartboard in the room, the smartboard software, and a receiver (this is usually attached to a USB extension in the classrooms on campus).

Staff Favorite Tools:

These tools are not supported. These are favorite tools of the ATS Staff and they may be able to offer assistance. Primary support is usually found on the websites for these tools.

  • iClickerAn iClicker is a radio frequency device that gives students the ability to anonymously respond to questions their educator poses in class.
  • PollEverywhere-  PollEverywhere is an audience response program that allows students to vote on proposed questions using their phone devices and computers.  

Matrix of Features:

 
 Tool
              Feature
ChimeIn
Smart Board
iClicker
PollEverywhere
Accessible for Visually Impaired Users
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Requires Classroom Internet
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Requires Students to Purchase Hardware or Software
 
 
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Software Install for Faculty
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Officially Supported
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Compared Difficulty (Easy=1- Difficult=5)
2
2
3
2