Clicker technologies as a tool to increase student engagement and motivation

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Jennifer Diers, M.Ed., PhD candidate
Iowa State University
Lilly Conference, Greensboro NC, February 9, 2008

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  • Clicker technologies as a tool to increase student engagement and motivation

    1. 1. Clicker Technologies as a Tool to Increase Student Engagement and Motivation Jennifer Diers Iowa State University February 9 th , 2008
    2. 2. What is a “clicker”? <ul><li>Personal Response System (PRS) </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Response System (ARS) </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Performance System (PRS) </li></ul><ul><li>Small, handheld gadget that allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions & viewing the responses as a graph www.turningtechnologies.com </li></ul>
    3. 3. Let’s try them… <ul><li>Press Go </li></ul><ul><li>Press 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Press Go </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for the green light! </li></ul>
    4. 4. My primary emotional state right now is: <ul><li>Energized </li></ul><ul><li>Tired </li></ul><ul><li>Somewhere between energized & tired </li></ul>
    5. 5. What time listed below is the closest to the time you went to sleep last night? <ul><li>9:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>10:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>11:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>12:00 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Way later than that! </li></ul>
    6. 6. I feel pretty competent with using clickers in my teaching. <ul><li>Strongly Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Disagree </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly Disagree </li></ul>
    7. 7. I decided to attend this session because: <ul><li>I wanted to find out what clickers are & how they are used </li></ul><ul><li>I know what clickers are but wanted to learn more about using them in teaching </li></ul><ul><li>I am not really interested in clickers, but had nothing better to do tonight </li></ul><ul><li>I am in the wrong place! </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
    8. 8. Features of the Turning Point clickers <ul><li>Low cost to students </li></ul><ul><li>Seamless integration with PowerPoint & WebCT </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of use for instructor and student </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptability/sustainability across courses </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook/publisher collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Website support </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>What could be the advantages of using clickers in teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Would the advantages/uses change if you were teaching a large class (>100 students) or a small class (<30 students)? </li></ul>
    10. 10. What are the advantages of using clickers in the classroom? <ul><li>Reduces anonymity in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Assists with grading & reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Provides immediate feedback to the instructor allowing for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modification/revision of teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generation of classroom discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation for teaching/research purposes </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What students say… <ul><ul><li>attendance & motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more fun and engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a voice & viewing of others opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gauge their learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wish more of their instructors would use clickers </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. What faculty say… <ul><li>Makes teaching more fun. </li></ul><ul><li>It has changed the way I prepare to teach and teach. </li></ul><ul><li>It involves a time commitment and learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>I want to learn more about how others are using them (specific examples) </li></ul>
    13. 13. How can we use clickers in teaching? <ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Other reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By question </li></ul></ul> Natalie Nathaniels 6 USB[ISU999]  Solomon Saul 5 USB[ISU999] Jeffrey Baldwin 4 USB[ISU999]  Hannah Montanna 3 USB[ISU999]  Kelsey Houston 2 USB[ISU999]  Alexandria Alexander 1 USB[ISU999] Attended First Name Last Name Device # Location Created: 1/26/2008 9:50 AM Session Name: New Session 4-6-2007 12-20 PM.tpz Turning Attendance Report
    14. 14. <ul><li>Content questions </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-post testing </li></ul>
    15. 15. After Kim gives birth to her son, the nurse places the naked infant directly against Kim’s chest. This placing of the infant directly on the mother’s skin is known as: <ul><li>Apgar technique </li></ul><ul><li>Rooming in </li></ul><ul><li>Brazelton technique </li></ul><ul><li>Kangaroo Care </li></ul>
    16. 16. Brian has brown hair and brown eyes and is six feet, five inches tall. These traits are expressions known as _____________. <ul><li>phenotypes </li></ul><ul><li>genotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Mitosis </li></ul><ul><li>Meiosis </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Audience Opinions </li></ul>
    18. 18. The anger style that best describes me is: <ul><li>Pursuer </li></ul><ul><li>Distancer </li></ul><ul><li>Overfunctioner </li></ul><ul><li>Underfunctioner </li></ul><ul><li>Blamer </li></ul>
    19. 19. Do you think you will have your infant’s cord blood saved? <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Abstain </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>To set up/follow up a video or demonstration </li></ul>
    21. 21. Did you bring a friend to class today to view the birthing video? <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul>
    22. 22. Which do you feel was Donny’s lie? <ul><li>Answer One </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Two </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Three </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Controversial Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Generating Discussion </li></ul>
    24. 24. Homosexual couples should have the right to be legally married. <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Abstain </li></ul>
    25. 25. Have you ever been physically abused by a romantic partner? <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Abstain </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>Review of teaching </li></ul>
    27. 27. The presentation today was beneficial to my understanding of how to use clickers in teaching. <ul><li>True </li></ul><ul><li>False </li></ul><ul><li>Abstain </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Team Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Debate/Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
    29. 29. <ul><li>How might you use clickers to foster student engagement and motivation within your specific discipline ? </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>What potential issues might need to be considered before and during the implementation of clickers? </li></ul><ul><li>What might you need to include in your syllabus with regard to clickers? </li></ul>
    31. 31. I have enjoyed my time at the Lilly Conference. <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Abstain </li></ul>
    32. 32. Questions or comments? <ul><li>Jennifer Diers, M.Ed.; Ph.D. candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa State University </li></ul><ul><li>3015 Morrill Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Ames, IA 50011 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>
    33. 33. References <ul><li>Duncan, D. (2005). Clickers in the classroom. San Francisco CA: Pearson Education </li></ul><ul><li>Judson, E. & Sawada, D. (2002). Learning from past and present: Electronic response systems in college lecture halls. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching , 21 (2), 167-181. </li></ul><ul><li>Kaleta, R. & Joosten, T. (2007). Student response systems: A University of Wisconsin study of clickers. EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, Research Bulletin, 10, 2-12. </li></ul>
    34. 34. References (continued) <ul><li>Rogers, R., “Using personal response systems to engage students and enhance learning,” in Making statistics more effective in schools and business conference, Georgetown University, http://www.umaass.edu/cft/prs , (2003). </li></ul><ul><li>Trees, A. & Jackson, M., (2007). “The learning environment in clicker classrooms: Student processes of learning and involvement in large courses using student response systems”. Learning & Media Technology. 32 (1) pp. 21-40. </li></ul><ul><li>Weiman, C., & Perkins, K. (2005). Transforming physics education. Physics Today. 58(11), 36. </li></ul>

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