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What is Captur?

Captur paddleCaptur is a low-tech ARS (audience response system). Students answer the teacher's multiple-choice questions with a 4-option answer paddle.

Our students enjoy using Captur paddles, and we've seen a great increase in student participation and attention with Captur paddles in our classrooms.



What is Captur?

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Captur PaddleIn a nutshell, Captur is a way for teachers to encourage every student to stay involved in the class. We've been amazed at how Captur has changed our classrooms. Before, even our better students would sometimes lose focus, but Captur gives everyone a reason to stay attentive.

Captur is a simple feedback tool that teachers can use in their classrooms to help them capture the answers of every student in the class. Each students has a paddle-shaped flash card. When the teacher asks a question, she also provides four options for the answers. Students all use their Captur paddle to give their answers.

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Why Use Captur?

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CAPTUR is an acronym for Class Answer Paddle To Understand Responses. It is a hand-held tool for students, which has been developed jointly by Paul Shimizu and Bill Pellowe.

My initial reason for being involved in developing CAPTUR came about from discussions with Bill. At first I simply wanted something that would encourage more student participation and involvement with the view to getting more attentive listening from my students. I also wanted something decidedly low-tech, which would fit in with my general philosophy of being organic. Organic education for me is being in the classroom with very basic tools whilst attempting to stay in the focus of my students and having the students in my focus.

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Encouraging Students to Pay Attention

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Here is a not unusual scenario from lower-level classes.

Before getting students to work on a task in pairs, teachers often model a few questions by asking a few students in the class to answer. The teacher expects students to listen to these questions, and to be ready to answer when they're called on. For my example, the teacher is asking, "What time do you _____?" She's filling in the blank with various everyday activity verbs. Watch her run into a bit of trouble with the second student:

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  • Bill Pellowe said More...
    Ironically, the initial conversations... 6 years ago

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Workshops

May 21, 2016 at PanSIG Conference in Okinawa We're giving a demonstration of Captur paddles at the PanSIG conference in Okinawa. The conference dates are May 20-23, 2016; complete details are available on the PanSIG conference website.…