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Feb 25

Written by: Instructional Technology
2/25/2008 3:44 PM  RssIcon

Clickers are one of the fastest growing technologies in our schools; they're spreading from primary grades through grade twelve.  We have seen them used to do book reviews, to assess prior learning, to determine prior knowledge, and to have a good, old-fashioned debate.  Yet some folks are still wondering about the value of clickers in the classroom.  My point is this: clickers are as good as the questions they are designed to respond to.  With that in mind, please give use some feedback on how you use, or plan to use, clickers in the classroom.

 

Some resources for your perusal:

 

         The Ohio State University Technology Enhanced Learning Research Clickers

         Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach

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Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

Yes, the questions are only as good as what they might also be on paper to tell us what we want to know.
I am excited about using the clickers, and actually have tried them a few times. The roadblock for me right now is the front-end work of preparing the lessons. I would like to begin by preparing pretests for my math class (6th grade accelerated), and vocabulary tests for my 8th grade language arts class. Once these are prepared I can use them year after year, as well as share them with other teachers. I could see a PLC preparing assessments together so that each member of a PLC just has to do a small part. When I've used clickers the kids have been very engaged, and they and I have gotten immediate feedback...which is great!

By Sue Lloyd on   2/25/2008 5:44 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

Thanks for the information on "clickers". This was very informative. I have been very interested in getting a set for just my classroom. I am willing to fill out grant paperwork to get money to buy a classroom set. My problem is I would need to know the cost of a class set and how to get more information to fill the grant out. What assistance would you have for grants?

By Patrick Carter - AHS on   2/25/2008 5:44 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

I can see that clickers would be a great way to engage students of all ages. I think in our setting (community setting, without access to a consistent group of computers) it wouldn't be worth the effort and time to set up a lesson using the clickers. It was very interesting to learn about, though!

By Susan O'Daniel on   2/25/2008 5:45 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

I am determined to learn how to use this tool in the classroom. I have had some trial runs with student success, but I am not yet proficient with either the software or with posing questions which use higher level thinking skills. I definitely need more time learning. I hope people in my department will embrace the possibilities of clickers.

By Robin Mitchell on   2/25/2008 5:45 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

If used properly, Clickers could be a very effective tool for me to address sensitive instruction in the classroom related to "character education". Under the health sections of the curriculum, when "sex ed" is taught, as well as specific instruction in bully prevention, feedback could be obtained that might be uncomfortable to share verbally at first and could lead to more in depth exploration of the issues being taught. I think it can open up discussion and be more revealing of the issues to address.

By Warren Knepper on   2/25/2008 5:48 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

As with any multiple choice quiz or test, they are definately only as good as the questions... and from my limited experience with writing M/C quizzes, they can be a bear to write... I am thinking that this may be a worthwhile and (gasp) enjoyable method of sneaking in test taking strategies into my advisory class that meets 2 times a week. I think it will be a very interesting experiment. Thanks for your time ya'll

By Darren on   2/25/2008 5:49 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

Hey Mike, Love the information and I will be "playing" with the program to see if this is something that Field's Kindergarteners can use. I might need some help with setting up more than just knowledge questions that my little ones can handle. I'll give it a try tomorrow :)

By Nancy Doskins on   2/25/2008 5:52 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

We have developed a clicker test at our district PLC to assess student understanding of the parts of fitness.This is basically our pre and post test for our Smart Goal. I think most of our questions are not too in depth so perhaps some embellishment to our questions will come over time. The set up of the clickers seems to be quite cumbersome for us and my lack of understanding of the technology (tech in general!) make it something I couldn't do myself. We did it with our instructional coach setting it all up on a laptop plugged into our projector and smartboard. Of course once set up it was a minimal amount of time to give them the test. I probably wouldn't use it for much else as I want to get them OFF of technology more than on and more ON THE MOVE! As a quick Smart goal assessment though it is great. Thanks for all your info! LISA

By Lisa Knafelc on   2/25/2008 5:55 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

@Patrick. See page 10 of yourIT magazine:
http://www.littletonpublicschools.net/Portals/0/ITS/yourIT.pdf

By Dan Maas on   2/25/2008 6:36 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

Hi Mike and Dana, I tried the clickers with my Kindergartners and they loved it! and I must admit I was suprised but they did very well. Granted I did basic picture id to get a feel for whether this age level could do but I feel pretty good about moving on to bigger and better. I will do the basic picture id a couple more times before trying anything more. My question for both of you is that I have created a few "quizzes" but feel that they are all knowledge questions and would like to pick your brains to see if either of you might have some ideas to target the other types of questions that are appropriate for Kinder :) Thanks again for letting me pick your brain!!!

By Nancy Doskins on   2/26/2008 3:29 PM

Re: Classroom Response Systems--The "Clicker"

My first three attempts with the "TurningPoint 2008" clicker set we have at Goddard went quite well. Lots of student engagement and enthusiasm for the clickers. They liked having an equal 'vote' and a chance to express opinions. The tests were all done to get through the learning curve and get comfortable with the technology.
All three clicker attempts were done in Powerpoint. Turning Point wraps nicely around existing Powerpoint slides so you can insert clicker questions in presentations you already have created- a nice feature! I created an interactive type quiz to gather feedback and discussion on a Greek history module, a teasing/bullying topic, and an elective where we used clickers in gather opinions in a digital photography/ videography elective.

By Bill Reddig on   3/4/2008 1:34 PM

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