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The Productive Scholar RECAP: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?

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Topic: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?Clickers-ppt-front-Temos
Speakers: Janet Temos and Jesse Saunders

Time: Thursday, November 7, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

“Clickers” are the common nickname for “Student Response System.” If you’d like to review the powerpoint file from this presentation scroll to the bottom of this entry.

These systems allow for:

• Real –time classroom assessments and polling
• Automated grading of quizzes
• Avenue for a classroom ‘back-channel’ to assess comprehension and engagement
• A way to break up lecture and re-animate focus (helps with dense lectures)
• A quick way to gain consensus

Often best when there is a discussion following a Clicker segment. The iClicker system was adopted nine years ago by Princeton University. It was designed by two physicist at University of Illinois (Timothey Stelzer, Mats Selen *89: iClicker inventors) as a simple, consistently operational student response system. Each Clicker has an assigned broadcast signal and each unit can then be assigned to individual students for used in a course. Clickers haven’t fully caught on yet at Princeton, but are in wide use primarily in STEM courses.

The iClicker system software can be a powerful tool, but isn’t overpowering to your CPU. Clickers-Instructor-TemosIt’s design is notable for its minimal installation requirements; just a few minutes and it works identically on a PC or a Mac. A small icon will appear alongside whatever presentation or word processing software you’re using (Keynote, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word), and that allows you to control the system. Continue reading