TaxProf Blog

Editor: Paul L. Caron
Pepperdine University School of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

NY Times Returns to the Use of Clickers in Class

Clicker_2Regular readers of this blog know that I have taken a middle position in the classroom laptop wars, arguing that professors should neither allow untrammeled student use of laptops nor attempt to ban them.  Instead, I argue in Taking Back the Law School Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning, 54 J. Legal Educ. 551 (2004), that faculty should use technology in the form of clickers to re-engage their students.

Four years ago, the New York Times reported on my use of the clickers:  In Class, the Audience Weighs In, NY Times, Apr. 29, 2004.  The Times returned to the story yesterday in the high school and elementary school contexts in Students Click, and a Quiz Becomes a Game, by Winnie Hu:

The clickers are part of an increasingly popular technology known as an audience response system, which has been used for everything from surveying game show audiences to polling registered voters. That technology is now spreading to public and private schools across the country. ...

In a typical system, the clickers record data from individuals, and transmit that information, through wireless technology, to a computer program. The program can instantly display the results, tally them and present them in elaborate spreadsheets and eye-catching graphics like spaceships or “Jeopardy!”-style boards. It can track the percentage of correct answers received for each question as well as the participation rate among all users. ...

[A high school physics teacher] said that he was sold on the clickers because he could check on the progress of every student, not just the ones who frequently raised their hands and tended to dominate the discussions.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2008/01/ny-times-return.html

Law School | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4eab53ef00e54ff9f19a8833

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference NY Times Returns to the Use of Clickers in Class:

Comments