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SEF Funds New Spark System for SHS Social Studies Department

Spark System, commonly known as "the clickers," allows teachers to assess in real time what students understand about a topic that has been taught.

Ms. Dolan teaching a class using the "clickers" Credit: SEF
Ms. Dolan teaching a class using the "clickers" Credit: SEF

The following was submitted by the Summit Educational Foundation:

Thanks to a grant from the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF), Summit High School (SHS) was able to purchase 2 class sets of the Student Response System Spark 32 Pad Systems (Spark) for use throughout the Social Studies Department.

Mr. Jim Woods, Supervisor of the Social Studies Department and the grant author explains, “I think there are two major benefits of the Spark System (commonly known as "the clickers"). First, they allow teachers to assess in real time what students understand about a topic that has been taught. Teachers use the feedback to enhance or modify their instruction in order to help students comprehend the material. They can see who missed which questions and/or where a class is having difficulty in general with a concept. Secondly, it is another way to engage all the students in the room. One person isn't answering a question, everyone is. And observation and feedback from students suggest they enjoy the activity. 

"I really like it (the Spark System). It helps review what you do and do not know and it helps you study," agrees Patrick Bauer, SHS junior. 

Classmate Dylan Diaz adds, "It (the Spark System) gives us a good taste of what is going to be on a test along with other options that are not the correct answers."  "It's fast and easy!" exclaims Alex Roduit, another SHS junior.

For more information about SEF, please visit www.sefnj.org.

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