Integrating Clickers into Assessment for Learning


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In this presentation, King (@ygk) and I (@chiyanlam) considered how K-12 classroom teachers might integrate the use of student response systems (e.g. TurningPoint, i>clickers) into their daily teaching and assessment practices within the Assessment for Learning framework.

This presentation was given to teacher candidates enrolled in the B.Ed. teacher education program at Queen's University on February 6, 2012, as part of the Lunch 'n Learn Classroom Assessment series.

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Integrating Clickers into Assessment for Learning

  1. 1. Integrating Clickers intoAssessment for Learning Chi Yan Lam, MEd, King Luu, MEd Queen’s University @chiyanlam Lunch ‘n Learn Classroom Assessment February 6, 2012 @ygk Assessment and Evaluation Group, Queen’s University 1
  2. 2. Let’s Review... It’s all in the purposes of your assessment. 2
  3. 3. Learning is invisible. input ? outputinstruction achievement 3
  4. 4. If you are... Assessing FOR Learning you use the assessment (process & data) to inform your subsequent teaching and the student on his/her learning. 4
  5. 5. Feedback! 5
  6. 6. If you are doing an... Assessment OF Learning you make a summative judgement about the quality of the learning. 6
  7. 7. If you are using... Assessment as Learning you are engaging your students into thinking about their learning. “How do I (the learner) know if this piece of writing is of quality?” 7
  8. 8. Take-home message... You’ve gotta do it all! 8
  9. 9. Continuum of Clickers Use Integrated into Instruction Quizzes/Tests Assessment forAttendance Learning Assessment of Data LearningCollection 9
  10. 10. Agenda• What is Clickers all about?• Integrating Clickers into your instruction• Writing Effective Clickers Question• Good practices 10
  11. 11. GoalHave you walk out of this session with some capacity to think about using Clickers instructionally as assessments for learning. 11
  12. 12. ClickersIt’s not about the technology. Technology is just a tool for learning.Think of it as a pedagogy. It’s another way to assess students in class. 12
  13. 13. Assessment FOR Learning• Before a lesson • review previous materials • advance organizers• During a lesson • promote critical thinking • check on understanding 13
  14. 14. Assessment of Learning• Before a lesson • quiz previous material• After a lesson • exit check 14
  15. 15. Workflowask 1 min poll 3 min review 3 min discuss 4 min 15
  16. 16. Good Practices• Plan your lessons first, then insert clicker questions strategically.• Observe students while the poll is open• Wait time is important 16
  17. 17. Promoting an Assessment for Learning Culture• clickers enable students to participate in the classroom• answers are confidential – can make mistakes without revealing to peers• freedom to explore areas of perceived weakness• let your students know their responses are not for marks 17
  18. 18. Writing Effective Clickers Question• selected response (e.g., multiple-choice or opinion)• clear, unambiguous• purpose and connection to learning objectives• all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy can be used 18
  19. 19. Benefits of Clickers• increase student participation• instantaneous reporting of results• scaffolding• promoting class discussion - exploring diverse viewpoints 19
  20. 20. A Low-Tech Alternative? coloured index cards on a binder ring 20
  21. 21. Next Steps• Learn the technology • TurningPoint • i>Clickers• Learn the software/backend• Attend free webinars• Acquire the hardware and play 21
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  24. 24. • essentialinformation/educationaltechnology/ iclicker.htm• 16clickers.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=more %20professors%20give%20out%20hand-held %20&st=cse• Designing Effective Questions for Classroom Response System Teaching • Ian D. Beatty, William J. Gerace, William J. Leonard, and Robert J. Dufresne (2008) 24
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  26. 26. Thank You! @chiyanlam 26