Introduction for Clickers

Clicker in artClickers have been a very powerful tool in classroom especially for large number classes. Clickers allow instructors to ask questions and gather students' responses during a lecture. (Clicker systems are also commonly called Classroom Response Systems, Student Response Systems, or Audience Response Systems.)

In clicker systems, each student uses a device (a "clicker") that looks like a TV remote to answer questions posed by the instructor in a specially-designed PowerPoint presentation. Summaries of student responses can be shown in real time to both instructors and students. Answers are also stored electronically for later viewing.

Use of clickers in the classroom has been shown to increase students' attention and interest and to increase retention of information presented in lectures. Using clickers to pose questions that require synthesis of information, such as asking for an opinion on a complex social or ethical issue, promotes critical thinking and helps make learning personal.

Additionally, clickers can

Clicker System

Clickers system include mainly three parts: Clickers, Receiver, and Software.




Clicker Receiver


Clicker Software

Good and Bad Examples for Using Clickers

Good Examples: Bad Examples:

More Informations

Most of the information above are taken from Penn State ITS training seminar PPT. You can find a copy of this PPT here.

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