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April 4th, 2012
Make Clickers Work for You: Pedagogy for Student Engagement
Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Time: 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT
Duration: One hour
Clickers can increase student engagement by going beyond simple quizzes. Learn to write good questions, promote student discussion, and see research results on best practices. In this interactive webinar, we’ll explore tips and ideas for incorporating clickers into your particular class. Clickers offer a powerful way to increasing student engagement and improve learning. At my high school, I have transformed my classrooms by using clickers to promote peer instruction and personally written many of the questions I use. I’ll show research results on the most effective use of clickers, and discuss common challenges. In particular, I’ll focus on the attributes of “great” clicker questions, discuss example questions, and share ideas on facilitating effective wrap-up discussions once all the votes are in.
During the webinar, we will:
- articulate several (3-5) reasons why clicker technology can aid in student engagement
- articulate the 6 steps of using clickers effectively: Writing learning goals, writing and asking a clicker question, encouraging peer discussion, requiring students to vote, facilitating whole class discussion, and using the information from this formative assessment to improve teaching.
- explain that clickers, when used with peer instruction, promote interactive engagement, which has been shown by several studies to improve student learning.
- articulate at least three practices that differentiate poor use of clickers from better use of clickers
- articulate at least three “best practices” in each of the following areas: writing effective clicker questions, facilitating peer discussion, and facilitating whole class discussion
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