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After receiving students’ responses using an electronic polling device, what do you do next or more importantly what do your students do next? Are you taking a scientific approach to education?

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According to the Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the U.S. President, Carl Wieman, the answer lies in what happens after the students are polled.  STUDENT ENGAGEMENT!


First you must use electronic polling devices to ask questions that promote critical thinking. Pose questions that students can relate to and that connect to their prior knowledge and real experiences.


The key to learning is in the engagement that occurs after polling.

Engage students by displaying the results of the poll and then have small groups of students debate the various multiple-choice answers, then the class as a whole discusses the different answers, and finally the answer is shown and the problem is explained by the teacher.

Student engagement can also be promoted by utilizing the many new forms of technology including simulations, digital media, interactive lessons, probeware, tablets, apps and other online technological resources such as those provided by Thinkfinity.

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