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New Gadgets Take Learning High-Tech

New Gadgets Take Learning High-Tech

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Carol Anne Riddell, NBC NewschannelDo you remember ever feeling hesitant to raise your hand in class, unsure of your answer, worried you might be embarrassed? New devices, now being tried out in some New York city schools, allow kids to participate in class electronically.

Each student has a remote and every student can answer a question. What's the advantage? For one thing classroom participation soars. "I think class participation goes through the roof. It's 100 percent participation every day. Nobody falls through the cracks," says Miriam Lazar of the New York City Department of Education.

"If you raise your hand and get the answer wrong, nobody could laugh at you. If you plug it in nobody knows what your answer is," says student Angelo Higgins.

Beyond the class participation issue, teachers say using these devices gives them immediate feedback about how kids are doing, and whether they grasp certain concepts. The program's software allows teachers to immediately chart student answers, and the system keeps track of a student's participation, so teachers can really analyze it.

It costs between two and three-thousand dollars to outfit a class with the software and remotes. It's an investment that some educators say pays off.

The device is not intended to replace classroom discussion, but something to be used in addition to that. It's really a way of getting everyone involved because all the students in class have the chance to answer a question and the teacher can see immediately who's responded and who hasn't.

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