EXPERIENCE OF LITHUANIAN TEACHERS WORKING WITH AN INTERACTIVE SYSTEM ACTIVINSPIRE IN USING ACTIVINSPIRE EVALUATION SYSTEM

Jolita Dudaitė, Romas Prakapas

Abstract


Technology is recognized as an instructional tool in the classroom in more and more schools today. One of the technological innovations in Lithuania, which was introduced in 2013 and oriented towards science and mathematics teaching process in the 5th classes, was ActivInspire system. The problem analysed in the article – experience of Lithuania’s school teachers in evaluating students’ achievement in a classroom using ActivInspire system of evaluation. The research object: one school year’s experience of teachers who use ActivInspire interactive whiteboard and student response system (voting clickers) in mathematics and science lessons in the 5th classes. The research purpose: to summarize one school year’s teaching experience of teachers in evaluating students using interactive evaluation tools (ActivInspire system).
The research was carried out in the 2013–2014 school year. Teachers using ActivInspire interactive whiteboard and student response system for teaching mathematics and science in the 5th classes participated in the survey. The research character: qualitative. During a school year, the teachers were writing reflections about their experience in using the interactive tools in lessons: interactive whiteboard, electronic textbooks and student response system. Electronic textbooks for mathematics and science lessons in the 5th class were prepared by publishing house Šviesa. The reflections were written from September to May (inclusive) (January and February excluded), once a week, in free format describing experience in working with the interactive teaching tools.
The teachers who participated in the survey, in principle, give positive assessment to their one school year’s experience in using interactive evaluation system. Mostly teachers distinguish the usefulness of student response system (voting clickers). In addition to usefulness teachers identified as important such aspects: interest, time management and the impact for learning results.
While talking about the negative experience in using interactive evaluation system teachers referred to the fact that the evaluation system is not appropriate for each lesson, it takes time and using the system is not always possible to achieve the desired learning outcomes.

Keywords


„ActivInspire“, lesson, general education school, information and communication technology, interactive evaluation system.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13165/SD-17-15-1-04

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789