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What is the Personal Response System (PRS)?

InterWrite PRS is an Audience Response System—a comprehensive response system for electronically testing, polling, or surveying a group of people. Minot State University has selected the Interwrite PRS RF system to be the standardized response system on our campus.

Grounded in the terminology of the academic environment for which it was originally developed, the arena of Audience Response Systems, the InterWrite Personal Response System makes it possible to quickly and easily track and record individual responses from the audience and provide instant feedback about the response results in the form of a chart or graph of response distribution.

Response data is scored and recorded in electronic gradebooks. PRS also has a very comprehensive reporting capability that allows you to print out information from just about anywhere in the PRS system. The PRS Receiver decodes the transmitted data, which is then relayed to the InterWrite PRS software on the computer.

The PRS software provides the functionality necessary to create an environment in which transmitted data can be electronically converted quickly and easily into useful response information. Instructors at all education levels can use PRS to evaluate and test their students. The PRS system can be used to survey and electronically record preferences, opinions, and votes. The InterWrite PRS system can be used in any situation where there is a need to quickly gather, record and evaluate response data.

Integrating a Clicker into Your Lecture
Here are some basic ways to incorporate clicker use in your classrooms:

Why Use Clickers

Tips for Clicker Use
Below are tips for using clickers to foster active learning experiences in large lecture courses. (This information is adapted from "Twelve Tips for Using a Computerized Interactive Audience Response System" (Robertson, 2000) and "Tips for Using a Peer Response System in a Large Introductory Physics Class" (Milner-Bolotin, 2004).)

Training Resources and Userís Guides