How I Use It
Active participation in whole class/small group/partner discussion: allows me to choose both random and volunteer students.
Active participation in guided and independent practice: can choose random or target students.
Increased accountability for completion of work and self-monitoring behavior.
This product is definitely more a behavior management tool than a teaching tool, but since the two go so hand-in-hand, I find that the active participation in class discussion or small group activity in my classroom has really enhanced, because of the increased accountability. Being able to pick on random students or students who have not gotten enough points for the day/week/month really pushes kids to do the work, because they never know when they will be called.
The 'random' function really enhances my strategies as a teacher, because I know I'm not calling on the same several kids over and over again. I can use that random and, if the chosen student is partnered with one of my target students for the day, I can still get to that target student. Or I can strategically step in front of the projector and pretend the random function chose my target student.
Which brings me to the real-time updating feature. Students love seeing their name pop up on the board, and I love that students can see when they gain (or lose) points immediately, and what behavior caused that to happen. In addition, they especially love the function of customizable avatars that happen to look like cute Monsters Inc. characters.
I have not had as much success with parental involvement as I would have hoped, but that can always be a struggle at my personal school site.