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Clicker Training in School


With a remote control for each student, a teacher can determine if the student is paying attention or getting the concept/information by how well they are selecting the correct answer within a field of multiple choice (also affectionately called multiple guess). The results of answers flash up on the teachers computer so he/she can determine if the class is "getting it."

At Linn-Benton Community College — as well as several elementary and high schools throughout the mid-valley — electronic personalized response systems have erased the stigma of providing an incorrect answer in front of one’s peers.

Yet, it still provides teachers with instant feedback about whether their students are understanding the material presented.

In a way, this is a feedback system that can be utilized by the teacher. Rather than having the student passively listen, they can now actively reply - all at the same time - and the teacher can guage progress - with each student.

Throughout the class period, students use a small electronic device that resembles a television remote control to punch in responses to questions. The process can be as simple as the instructor breaking up a long lecture with one or two questions, or as complex as gathering responses to a complete test.

The article finishes with a professor saying:

“It does change the way I teach a little,” he said. “It’s easiest to stand up front and lecture away, but it’s also the least effective method. The physics community has jumped right into this.”