Clickers in schools saves paper, time, and uses technology. I have seen them used in college classes for multiple reasons. These clickers give the ability to take attendance, get everyones participation, and know where students are in understanding.
According to Educause Quarterly, which did a study on this very topic, there were some very interesting results. Current research describes the benefits of active learning approaches, which now includes Clickers. They are a technology designed to promote active learning. Most research is showing that students are more engaged and enjoy learning with them. That seems like a given. However, a study was done comparing the use of Clickers to traditional lecture methods. The learning outcomes were high.
The study conducted was designed to compare to different kinds of active learning methods. The two methods were class discussions and Clicker use. The two things that a clicker could offer that class discussions could not were:
1) Clickers provide a mechanism for students to participate anonymously.
2) Clickers integrate a “game approach” that may engage students more than traditional class discussions.
Modern learners are now active learners. This is the reason that lecture classes are more and more out of touch and irrelevant for students. Clickers can help teachers in a number of ways:
1) Actively engage students during the entire class period
2) Gauge their level of understanding of the material being presented
3) Provide prompt feedback to student questions
Below are the interesting results that came from comparing class discussions and Clickers.
Are you considering using Clickers in your classroom? Below are the best ways to implement Clickers in the classroom:
1. Keep slide short to optimize legibility.
2. Keep the number of answer options to five.
3. Do not make the questions overly complex.
To Click or not to Click. What will you choose?