Teaching Tip: Click and Connect

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The PLC (Professional Learning Community) will be providing the teaching tip of the week throughout the academic year in support of their goal of interdisciplinary collegiality.

The classroom response system, a.k.a. Clickers, makes the class active, interactive, and lively. Our university is standardized on the i>clicker brand . The clicker system has resulted in an improved classroom attendance and participation in all my classes. The use of clickers has helped me to reduce the paper work drastically and increase classroom efficiency. The students also enjoy the system because they have access to the classroom quiz results and feedback immediately. Clickers have been proven to be the best tool for the participation of shy students. I do not use clickers only to take student attendance. I have designed and developed clicker-based pre/post quizzes, and games that I use for the reviews of the tests and to create a healthy competitive environment. The jeopardy style learning games I developed are the favorite part for most of my students. On the clickers’ evaluation more than 80% students strongly agree or agree that clickers help their learning by making them active and attentive in the classroom. An identical number of students also indicated that they would like clickers to be used in more courses on campus. A few students are hesitant to use the clickers, mainly because of the cost involved. But the good news is that nowadays there are many online classroom response systems/software are available that are free of cost for instructors as well as students, such as Socrative, Polleverywhere, Exitticket, etc. The following link compares seven good student response systems that work on all devices. www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/03/seven-good-student-response-systems.html.

 

Whether you choose to go for a physical clicker system or one of the online versions, the key is explore it, play with it, and use it to the best advantage of your students and yourself.

~Nilakshi Veerabathina, nilakshi@uta.edu, Assistant Professor of Practice, Physics, College of Science

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