Posted by: paralleldivergence | April 26, 2009

When should you use Clickers?

Clickers can be used to assess student learning at different stages in the learning process. By constructing appropriate Clicker questions, a wealth of information can be gathered that can help to better guide the learning process for each group of students. Some examples are summarized below.

Pre-Assessments: At the beginning of a school term or before a new topic

  • What do the students already know about the topic?
  • What are the students’ misconceptions?

Mid-Topic Assessments: In the middle of a topic or before another concept

  • Do they understand this principle?
  • Can they connect this principle/idea to the previous one?
  • Can they apply this concept?
  • How is their thinking changing?

Post-Assessments: At the end of a school term, topic, or class session

  • What is their overall conceptual framework?
  • Can they synthesize the concepts to solve problems?
  • How had their understanding changed?

These stages and their objectives focus on varying levels of student understanding. For instance, pre-assessment may emphasize knowledge of general information, while mid-topic assessment may stress comprehension of implications or application of a technique.

Student Response Network is ideal for use in a classroom setting to provide the teacher with excellent baseline information as well as progress updates and post-evalution. This helps the teacher to customize the teaching and learning process as appropriate for each separate group of students learning a topic. Student Response Network makes student engagement and participation a key driver of the learning process.

This information is adapted from materials prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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