Student Response system such as Kahoot can generate student attention. Some psychologists claim the average student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long.
However, other studies contradict this belief. Despite the popular belief that students have short attention spans ranging from 10 to 15 minutes, there is significant evidence to suggest otherwise (Armstrong, 2017). In a study of student attention, trained observers observed students during a lecture and recorded perceived breaks in attention.
They distinguished attention lapses during the initial minutes of “settling-in,” again at 10-18 minutes into the lecture, and then as often as every 3-4 minutes toward the end of class.Moreover, student attention span is shorter at school and it decreases after certain time in the classroom doing monotonous activities. Thus, the challenge among educators is to maintain the attention of the learners (Munoz-Luna ; Jurado-Navas, 2016). In the study of Johnson ; Lillies (2011), a student response system has been used on Nursing students to evaluate students’ experience on the use if SRS.
The study concluded that students indicated that this method helped them learn material more effectively; stay focused, and validates their understanding. Their use enhanced their learning and students enjoyed the experience. Furthermore, SRS provided feedback to the instructor with regard to student comprehension of material content and increased student interaction with the lab facilitator.Researches have examined the potential of technology in improving classroom instruction.
In fact, a number of study suggest that the use of modern teaching tools such as SRS is highly recommended because it grabs students’ attention due to its novelty, variety, and greater functionality (Burgess, 2015).Olney, A. M., Risko, E. F., D’Mello, S.
K., & Graesser, A. C. (2015) claimed that attention is important for effective learning. There is a developing research trend that proposes attention can be improved by changing the structure of the learning task that leads to increased learning.