The QuizWORKS Company
P.O.Box 203, Ringwood, IL. 60072
Since 1988, Current Works has been developing and manufacturing computer peripheral devices for a variety of educational applications. Students around the world from regular K-12 classrooms, to Special Education programs, to corporate training programs and even senior citizens in nursing homes use these alternative computer input devices to run their computers without ever touching the mouse or keyboard.
In the past few years Current Works has developed a new line of computer products to support the instructor-led classroom learning environment. These products are designed to engage the whole class in learning activities on a single computer in the classroom. The core hardware product in this line is SideKeys®, a system of multiple wireless remote-control keypads to a single computer. These keypads allow the instructor and several students or teams in the classroom to send direct input to the same computer. The instructor can use a keypad as a familiar remote control to run applications like PowerPoint or HyperStudio or a DVD Player. Several teams can also simultaneously buzz-in to answer questions from game show style software like our QuizWorks® and Quiz6®. These educational software programs allow the instructor to create and play custom multiple-choice quizzes. Such activities provide a challenging and fun way to review the specific content being taught.
Current Works' mission is to develop education and training tools that create and support active participation in the learning process. These computer tools, both the hardware and the software, are designed to maximize the direct engagement of people in the learning activity. For instance, while most game show quiz programs allow one team at a time to answer each question, the Quiz6 software program, with the remote keypads, can support up to six teams simultaneously buzzing-in to answer every question. This changes the dynamics of the experience and greatly increases the level of participation possible. Participants and the instructor get more complete and timely feedback on the results of the lesson.
Other software programs are now available from Current Works and third party vendors to take advantage of the new SideKeys remote control technology. In the K-12 market we now offer Bingo! with Mr. Vern, Edmark offers Mind Twister Math, The Learning Company offers Carmen Sandiego's ThinkQuick Challenge, Sunburst offers the Rocky & Bullwinkle's Know It All Quiz, LearningWare offers Gameshow Pro and Advanced Software Products offers Quiz Bowl.
SideKeys® and QuizWorks® are trademarks of Current Works Inc.