Clickers and other Student Response Devices

Reflect on the your experience with clickers today. Describe the features that you liked. Describe how clickers can be used in four different ways (for the same/or different content areas). Think about the unit plan you are revising. How would you incorporate this technology to meet the needs of English language learners, gifted students and struggling learners.

5 thoughts on “Clickers and other Student Response Devices

  1. I think clickers are a great response tool to allow quick feedback on student progress. I think clickers are great for polling students as well as quizzing them. For math, my content area, clickers can be used for pretests and post tests. This way I know where my students are before starting the lesson and how much they improved by the end. Another area I could use clickers is in an “exit ticket” where students could answer a few questions on what I taught that day before class was over. As a teacher, I will receive a quick result page on what the students may not have totally grasped in that day’s lesson. For my unit plan, I can add clickers for the use of my KWL chart. I could use a short pretest to find what the know, a poll for what they want to know, and post test on what they learned.

  2. I have used clickers before in other classes (like my science classes). I think that one way the clickers could be used is to start the lesson with a question in order to take attendance, because it shows only the number on the clicker device, but the teacher can have all the numbers in order to tell who is present in class. Another way is to review questions for a test (maybe a science or vocabulary test), because the students individually are able to answer questions in order for the teacher to notice students’ knowledge. Another way to use the clickers is to review questions with the intention of assessing students’ collective knowledge in order to determine if review for a particular topic is necessary in order to have students succeed on an assessment. Clickers are a great way to collect data for a math assignment. For example if students collect data for their project they can use the data to discover and apply a concept like mean, median, and mode.

    For my unit plan, I would use clickers with my students to review vocabulary terms from the Giver.

  3. Since I had used the clickers before, my experience wasn’t all that new…which is a good thing. The clickers are a technology that is easy to use even when there is a large gap of time between uses. Once I had been refreshed, I was able to use the clicker with no problems at all. This is great for use with younger students because a lot of time will not be spent on learning the technology.

    The clickers can be used for:
    1. Pre-test: What do my students know before instruction begins?
    2. Monitoring Progress: Are they getting it? Do I need to revisit specific content? Do any of my students need intervention?
    3. Pop Quiz: The data is collected and saved to be used for grading or for intervention purposes.
    4. Student choice: The clickers can be used for anonymous choice between activities, forms of assessment.

    For my unit plan, I would use it as a pre-test of sorts. I want to know what my students already know about the Solar System. I would also use it to monitor progress. Students who are struggling would feel more comfortable in telling me that they are struggling without embarrassment. I would also use the clickers for a review game. I would divide the class into two teams and have each person answer the question. I can use the answers to determine points without the teams knowing which students answered correctly or incorrectly.

  4. I really enjoyed the experience with the clickers today. I feel as though this is a very useful technique to use with students to assess knowledge and learning in the classroom in an anonymous way. It is something I would use in my classroom to gain student feedback on a variety of lessons, as well as content knowledge of the students to understand what would be the most important aspects to focus on in the classroom. With the unit I am revising, I could incorporate the clickers in an assessment of previous knowledge before learning about the Civil War. I could also use the clickers as a review of the lesson materials taught at either the end of various lessons, or at the end of the unit. From assessment throughout the unit of various students, the teacher has more knowledge of which students to challenge more, which students to help more, and which students are on track. It is important to incorporate all student needs, which is why clickers are a very beneficial technology tool to use. With other subjects, such as English, the teacher could do grammar learning and review with the clickers. This would be very helpful to understand what concepts the students are grasping and which ones are not. There are a variety of ways to incorporate the clickers in the class that benefits both teacher and student.

  5. While using the clickers, I realized how valuable of a tool they can be in the classroom. Some of the features of the clickers that I like are the anonymity of answers, easiness of use, and how students can be interactive. There are many ways clickers can be used in the classroom, but four ways I think using clickers would be valuable are: 1) to understand where students are before starting the new topic. It is important to understand what students know in order to create a lesson to grow their knowledge. 2) to interact with students during a lecture. While showing a presentation, the teacher can incorporate polls that students will respond to. They can keep students on task and interested in the lesson. 3) to assess students at the end of the lesson. Instead of handwritten exams, the teacher can save time by giving the exam using clickers. 4) to have students create a project for math. If students are learning about percentages, fractions, and decimals, the teacher can have students create a poll that they will give to the class. All the students can respond, and then, the data is there to create corresponding data. For my own unit plan, I think clickers would be useful for diverse learners because they can be incorporated in a way that can help students.

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