Engaging students with “clickers”

Have you ever wanted to know if your students are really “getting it” during classroom lectures? Do you ever wonder what the quiet students are thinking? Have you ever been on the lookout for new tools and techniques to inject some new life into your teachings? Of course you have!

In the CTL, we have a piece of technology that can help you connect with all of your students, and even… make learning fun?

turningpoint slide (smaller)

There are many types of “classroom response technology” available today. At Macomb, we use a system called TurningPoint. It is very easy to use, and integrates with your existing PowerPoint presentations. All you need is a PowerPoint slide with a title (the question) and a numbered list (the possible answers). Each student gets a wireless remote, which they use to “click” in their answers. You can elicit anonymous responses and eliminate their fear of answering incorrectly in front of their peers. After each questions, you see immediate visual feedback of the responses. You can even create competitions and games.

We have a limited number of kits available for check-out, so don’t wait. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and try it out for yourself!

4 responses to “Engaging students with “clickers”

  1. I have used these remotes for two different purposes within the classroom.

    1. I’ve inserted questions throughout the presentation in conjunction with discussions to get their opinions on certain topics and help drive the discussion further.
    2. I have also used them at the end of a section as a review of the content covered to see if there are areas that need additional coverage.

    This tool is useful in allowing everyone to participate and offer their thoughts & opinions even if they aren’t apt to do so verbally.

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