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Using Renaissance Responders for Paper Assignments

Renaissance Responders and NEO 2 will no longer be supported after future software updates.

If you have the 2Know! Classroom Response System, your students can use the Renaissance Responders to enter their answers to paper assignments (not online assignments). Before you can do this, you must make sure the Renaissance Responder client program is installed on each computer that has a Renaissance Receiver attached. Before students start using Responders, please note:

  • Make sure your students have their printed assignments. The Renaissance Responder does not show the problems.
  • Students can use Renaissance Responders for assisted-response paper assignments, but not free-response assignments. They can use the Responder to complete practices; the Scoring Preference determines whether students can also use Responders for exercises and tests.
  • If AccelTest software or the 2Know! Toolbar are running on the computer, close the program(s). The Renaissance Responder program can't use the Receiver and Responders if you are already using them with another program. The Receiver and Responders will only recognize the first program you started.

To allow students to use the Responder for Accelerated Math assignments, follow these steps:

  1. Windows computers: Click Start All Programs Renaissance Responder Renaissance Responder. (On Windows 8 computers, look for the program in the list of all applications.)

    Macintosh computers: Open the Applications folder on your computer, open the Renaissance Responder folder, and double-click Renaissance Responder.

    Note: If the program can't communicate with your server, click Server Settings and enter the name or IP address of your Renaissance Place site; then, click OK.

  2. Enter your Accelerated Math user name and password; then, click Log In. The Renaissance Responder program will start, with the Renaissance Wireless Server running in the background. In the Renaissance Responder program, you can see which students are working on assignments, their form numbers and assignment types, and which items they've completed.
  3. Ask students to press the On/Off button on their Responders to turn them on.
  4. Join Session will be highlighted in the main Responder menu. Students should press the Select button. If a student accidentally highlights another menu item, the student can use the arrow buttons to go back to Join Session.
  5. The Responder will search for the available Renaissance Receivers.
  6. If the Responder shows a list of Receivers, each student should use the arrow keys to highlight the correct Receiver and then press Select.

    If your school has more than one Receiver, the student may see more than one Receiver in the list. To make sure students select the correct Receiver, you may need to change its name so that it is different from other Receivers in your school; if you need to do this, click here for instructions.

    If the Responder asks if you want to stay connected to a specific server, students should press yes (True) or no (False), then Enter.

  7. Next, the student must enter his or her form number for this assignment and press Enter.
  8. If the Responder tells a student to wait until the assignment is retrieved, the student must press Enter again.
  9. When the Responder shows the student's name and form number, the student must press yes (True). (If the name is incorrect, the student should press no and try entering the form number again.)
  10. The student must press Enter to continue.
  11. To answer each question, the student must press the letter buttons (A, B, C, D, or E) to choose an answer and then press Enter.
  12. If the student wants to skip a question, the student can press Select and enter a specific question number. The student can also press the ? button and then use the arrow buttons to scroll through the questions: goes back one problem, and goes forward one problem.

  13. When the student has answered the last question, the Responder will ask if the student is ready to submit the work. The student can press yes and then Enter to submit the assignment.
  14. The student must press Enter again when the Responder says the session is complete.
  15. When all students have finished the assessment, you can click End Session in the Renaissance Responder program to send their scores to the Accelerated Math software. If some students aren't finished, the program will ask you whether to score the portions that are complete or save the assignments in progress so they can be scored later; click an option and click OK.