Use Clickers to Raise the Bar for Student Learning
When: Friday, January 17, 10:00AM—12:00 Noon (Coffee and Pastries will be available starting at 9:30) Where: ITLAL Underground (Library 69)
Pushing your students to think at a higher level is tough if you don’t have a way of finding out how they already think. Clickers allow you to do this, by asking students questions in real time within your classroom to found out such things as: What do they already know or believe? What kinds of differentiations or connections are they already capable of making? What are their presuppositions and/or biases? What can they do with new content? Knowing these things give you the capacity to shape the work of the classroom based on reality rather than on hope.
The “clicker” is a small TV-remote-like handset that students purchase like a book and bring to class each day. They use this tool to respond to questions, practice problems and critical thinking challenges. The set-up is rather simple and at no cost to the instructor. This workshop includes an opportunity to practice for those who are contemplating the use of this maturing technology. Come see how clickers are being used here at UAlbany and in other institutions and join us for a discussion on best practices, benefits, challenges and technical issues related to the use of this tool. ITLAL staff members will be on hand to help new adopters get set up for the coming semester.