Between 2013-2016 research was conducted into the use of Personal Response Systems to support the teaching of physics in Polish secondary schools. Slawomir Binek, Professor at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland discusses the benefits of long-term use of interactive systems in education ahead of next week’s Turning Technologies User Conference 2018.


What are the top benefits of long-term use of interactive systems in education?

An increase in the quality of teaching, not just learning! Three-year research has shown that the use of clickers during lessons greatly increases the effectiveness of the lesson. It can be said that students benefit from it twice. Once directly, because using pilots they learn more. And that means that the quality of learning is increasing. Second time indirectly, because the teacher’s competence increases. This in turn means that the level of teaching is increasing.


Also, tools used during the lesson, such as multimedia presentations, are becoming more and more effective. This mainly applies to questions and answers constructed in the Personal Response System (PRS). It happens that the question the teacher has invented is interpreted differently by the students. Then the teacher does not achieve the intended goal or achieves it to a small extent. Of course, the same applies to the answers assigned to the questions. If the teacher notices such a problem and interprets it appropriately, he may make some corrections. Then the next use of a given presentation, for example in another group, will be even more effective. Such a thesis is confirmed by the conducted research.


What more needs to be done to see interactive systems used in more Polish schools in the future?

Preparing useful materials (presentations), correlated with textbooks…..

It turned out that the lack of funds for the purchase of an interactive system, such as PRS, does not have to be the main reason teachers aren’t using it. Thanks to the efforts of the University of Silesia, 160 schools were equipped with interactive systems. In addition, selected teachers from these schools took part in a workshop over a few days, where they learned how to use the systems they had acquired. However, the systems were used in only a few schools. As it turned out, the reasons were different. Many teachers declared that if they received a set of questions and answers, in an electronic version, ready for immediate use in the lesson, they would be more likely to use such a solution. This is now why work on such materials has started.

The Turning Technologies User Conference takes place on 7 November 2018 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Casa Convalescència, Spain. View the full agenda here.